Catalyzing Innovation

EFN’s iCatalysts accelerates early stage technology and ventures in energy, health, manufacturing, IT, and social impact with acceleration, training, expertise and network development


UC Davis Sparks Innovation with National Lab Energy Researchers

UC Davis accelerates over 150 energy and materials technologies and research ideas at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia Natisnal Laboratories

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iCatalysts Joins Rice University to Help Their Champion Ring Closing Bell at NASDAQ on Fox News

ICatalysts' Thomas Jensen participates in Closing Bell Ceremony to Support EFN Mentored team Medical Adhesive Revolution from Koln, Germany

iCatalysts Partners with the University of Michigan

For University of Michigan's Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity, this past fall iCatalysts mentors advised 14 teams on how to commercialize their ideas and technologies.

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Rice University Ranked World's Top University Incubator

ICatalysts runs the mentoring program for the Rice Business Plan Competition, the World's largest. Our mentors support more than 40 top university teams.

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Hear what our entrepreneurs and partners say about their experience with iCatalysts!


Ned Tozen, President and Founder, d.light.

"iCatalysts' mentor, John Schram, mentored us when we were students at Stanford Business School. We're now enabling over 1 million people to upgrade from kerosene to solar light every single month! I feel really privileged to have a chance to work with John first as a mentor and later as an advisor.”

Samir Mayekar, CEO, SiNode Systems, MBA Candidate, Northwestern University

"ICatalysts benefited our team greatly because of our mentors knowledge of the battery market and introductions he made to battery experts." SiNode won the 2013 Department of Energy National Business Plan Competition and the 2013 Rice Business Plan Competition.

Eric Green, M.D. iLabs, Boston

"ICatalysts mentoring was a huge help in developing our venture's plans when we attended Stanford."

Brad Burke, Managing Director, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

"The teams in the Rice Business Plan Competition from the World’s top universities place a very high value on the business mentoring iCatalysts provides. We look forward to continuing to offer high quality mentorship to RBPC teams in partnership with iCatalysts."

AJ Perez, CEO and Co-Founder, NVBOTs, an MIT 3d Printing Venture

iCatalysts help and advice has been absolutely invaluable to me during NVBOTs fundraising efforts.


Our Universities

iCatalysts has the privilege to partner with ten leading universities to support their venture commercialization and entrepreneurship activities.

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Our Mentors

iCatalysts mentors are successful entrepreneurs, leading venture capitalists, and industry experts.

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Success Stories


Embrace has saved countless babies in the developing world with their low cost infant warmer.

Embrace, founded at Stanford in 2006, and mentored by EFN's Don Allen, has launched projects at sites in over 10 countries. Embrace has now helped over 10,000 low birth-weight and premature babies.

Adam Marchick

Co-Founder and CEO Kahuna, Co-Founder Glow Foundation, Member Since 2004

Adam is a terrific example of an EFN member. Already an accomplished software professional when EFN mentored his team in 2004 when he attended Stanford Business School, Adam served as a venture investor with Menlo Ventures until 2009 when he joined Bain Capital Ventures (BCV) in Boston. Adam returned to Silicon Valley in 2011 to open BCV’s West Coast office. Also, Adam has given his time and energy to youth and students in important ways. In 2006, he co-founded the Glow Foundation, a non-profit that provides financial education and aid to college-ready, low-income students in Northern California. Adam also gives back as an EFN mentor, most recently mentoring Juntos a personal finance start-up founded at Stanford.

Next Drop

Next Drop is a text message service conceived at UC Berkeley that helps households in India know when water is on the way.

Next Drop, mentored by an EFN mentor Ray Beauchamp, won the 2011 Global Social Venture Competition out of more than 900 teams worldwide. To date, over 25,000 households in India have signed up for the service.


Fortune Magazine Credits EFN's Mentoring Program as Contributing to Success at Rice University

According to Fortune,"for the winners, the money and mentoring they get at Rice are often enough to make the difference between school project and real-life business."