If you’re pitching a new software startup, you go to Sand Hill Road. If you’re pitching a hard science startup in a field like energy or manufacturing Ilan Gur suggests that you make your way to Cyclotron Road.There’s just something really broken in our innovation ecosystem here in the U.S.,” said Gur, founder and director of the early-stage Berkeley tech incubator Cyclotron Road.We don’t give these innovators enough money to go build their technologies.”

Named after the street that leads to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the three-year-old Department of Energy-backed incubator offers free access to millions of dollarsworth of equipment at the federal lab, plus research staff and mentoring for technical founders in need of time and space for complex R&D. An initial class of six aspiring entrepreneurs focused on advanced materials, alternative energy and more graduated in 2016 with a total $10 million in grant funding, plus additional public and private support for some.

Frischmann is already reaching out to automakers and airlines interested in electrification an issue that underscores Cyclotron Road’s overall challenge of squaring a mission focused on clean tech with a new Trump Administration already rolling back environmental efforts across the board.

Federal budget cuts in any area tend to take at least one-to-two years to trickle down to local programs, and Gur said Cyclotron Road could also make case for backing from state officials in California, corporate sponsors or philanthropic funders.

A material innovation company at its core, Sepion is focused on improving the energy density of lesser-known Lithium-Sulfur batteries by reinventing the membrane inside.

The company progressed from the first class of Cyclotron Road startups to seed funding round in October.

Still, that’s what happened with Cyclotron Road graduate Opus 12, which lastyear won the backing of the Shell GameC