2019 Cornucopia of Catalysis

A bundle of all of my resources for deep tech entrepreneurs! Limited time only!

I am simply overwhelmed with gratitude for all of the amazing things that have happened in 2019 --- co-founding my second deep tech startup Cypris Materials, being interviewed by Bill Gates for his Netflix documentary, working with Eric Schmidt's portfolio of marine technology innovators, creating new resources here at PhD to CEO which are already helping hundreds of deep tech entrepreneurs, the list goes on --- it has been a crazy year!

I don't like Black Friday. I don't like shopping for stuff.

I like shopping for knowledge. I like shopping for experiences.

I like shopping for transformation.

We've had a thousand people join the PhD to CEO community this year. I'm a little drunk on gravy and gratitude, so I want to say "thank you" by giving everyone an opportunity to get instant access to all of the resources that I've created this year.

Introducing...The 2019 Cornucopia of Catalysis

(Amazing graphics, right? I told you I was drunk on gratitude.)

I don't want to waste time on dressing this up, I just want to give my community an opportunity to get everything I've made this year in one big bundle:

  • Lab Rat Launchpad ($995 value) - This is my premium playbook for helping science stars transform into business leaders.
  • A 1-on-1 Coaching Session ($499 value, limited to the first 10 customers) - A 30-minute Zoom call where I will help you with your biggest challenges.
  • The Grant-Winning Fast Track ($249 value) & Grant-Winning Cheat Sheet (Bonus) - This Fast Track is specifically designed to help you win R&D grants for your startup. The content is based on my experience winning over $8M in government grants, and helping my friends win over $100M.
  • Deep Tech Leadership ($199 value) - I have never offered this openly before. The Deep Tech Leadership webinar will cover content that I have been invited to present to world-class institutions, including MIT, Caltech, Schmidt Marine Technology Partners and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  • How to Win an Activate Fellowship ($99 value) - In October I had about a hundred aspiring entrepreneurs register to get insight into winning an Activate Fellowship, the premier entrepreneurial postdoc fellowship that was born at Cyclotron Road. You will receive the recording.
  • My Top 12 Tools (Bonus) - The right tool makes the job a lot easier. I will share my top tools with you, covering everything from software to supplements.
  • Incorporating and Registering A Business (Bonus) - Don't waste any brain cells figuring this out on your own!


Your Instructor


Raymond Weitekamp
Raymond Weitekamp

Dr. Raymond Weitekamp is the founder and CEO of polySpectra, an advanced materials company on a mission to transform polymer 3D-printing from a prototyping aid into a production manufacturing tool. Raymond is also a co-founder of Cypris Materials, which is reinventing color with its paintable photonics platform. Both Cypris and polySpectra are built on discoveries that Raymond made during his PhD research at Caltech, where he worked in the laboratories of Prof. Bob Grubbs and Prof. Harry Atwater. Raymond was a member of the founding cohort at Cyclotron Road, the groundbreaking hard technology innovation program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Prior to Caltech, Raymond received an A.B. in Chemistry from Princeton University, cum laude. He is an inventor on 14 granted patents. Finally - Raymond curates PhDtoCEO.com, a website dedicated to helping scientists transition into entrepreneurship.

Recent & Relevant Accolades:

  • 2019 Interviewed by Bill Gates for Netflix documentary "Inside Bills Brain"
  • 2018 Cyclotron Road 'Pay it Forward' Mentorship Award (for PhD to CEO)
  • 2018 Tough Tech Summit Panelist
  • 2018 World Materials Forum Startup Challenge Finalist
  • 2018 NSF SBIR Phase II Awardee
  • 2017 Forbes 30-under-30
  • 2017 NSF SBIR Phase I Awardee
  • 2016 Winner: SF Cleantech Pitchfest
  • 2015 Cyclotron Road Fellowship, Cohort 1



PhD to CEO is all about giving researchers the tools they need to transform into business leaders. Let me show you how I've helped deep tech entrepreneurs, via these testimonials from my students:

"Effective...regardless of what stage you are at!"

"Lab Rat Launchpad is the perfect overview for anyone interested in entrepreneurship and coming from an academic background, like myself. Ray manages to provide both breadth and depth, going over a number of topics that are critical to consider before (and while) pursuing a hard-tech startup. Even having co-founded a hard-tech startup prior to taking this course, I found it incredibly useful as a refresher on key points that are easy to forget in the chaos of startup life. And what makes this course so effective is the fact that Ray speaks from experience and truly cares about sharing his knowledge. So regardless of what stage you are at in the transition from science to business, I would highly recommend checking this course out!"

- Nishita Deka, Chief Executive Officer - Sonera Magnetics


"This made tectonic shifts in my understanding."

"Lab Rat Launchpad is a great resource for those who want to make a move toward entrepreneurship but does not know how and where to start. In his course, Ray breaks down complicated rules of the startup world into concepts familiar to a scientist, such as “ergodicity”, “testing hypothesis”, “mapping ecosystem”, etc. Lectures are filled with interesting information (and further reading resources) and sometimes it takes a lot of time to process and understand it completely. Today we all are bombarded by information, and resources like this one (with all relevant knowledge in the same place) are extremely valuable. Overall, I really enjoyed the course and recommend it to all “future leaders of the free world”! ;) This course made tectonic shifts in my understanding."

- Danila Barskiy, Postdoc - UC Berkeley


"Gently guides us through things are critical to success."

"It is overwhelming moving a project from the lab to a for-profit commercial entity, especially as a scientist that prefers to do serious research before making any life-altering decisions. I often feel like I have to choose which fire to put out first. Raymond’s Lab Rat Launchpad online course calmly and gently guides us through things that should be done early and are critical to success – like setting company culture. His encouragement is a huge plus."

- Melanie Pribisko, Professor - CSU Channel Islands


Courses Included with Purchase



Lab Rat Launchpad
Step-by-step transformation from researcher to entrepreneur
Raymond Weitekamp
$995
The Grant-Winning Fast-Track
A step-by-step process for finding, filtering and winning R&D grants for your startup
Raymond Weitekamp
$249

Original Price: $1,244


Lab Rat Launchpad:

This is a step-by-step guide to making the transition from science star to business leader. The course is structured around six seemingly simple questions:

Why? Who? What? Where? When? How?

The challenge is: I cannot answer these questions for you. Lab Rat Launchpad is a reaction vessel to help you accelerate your transformation, but you are the catalyst.

This premium playbook consists of 6 modules, each with:

  • Video lectures
  • Common rookie mistakes
  • Guiding principals
  • Experiments
  • Checklists
  • Exercises and writing prompts
  • Challenges to go rock it in the real world
  • Resources to dive deeper

...all with the intent of creating a container for your transformation, regardless of your level of experience or learning style.


The Grant-Winning Fast Track:

This Fast Track is specifically designed to help you win R&D grants for your startup. The content of this course is based on my experience winning over $8M in government grants, and helping my friends win over $100M.

In this Fast Track, I compile the best grant-winning tactics from my many conversations over the years, including startup founders, grant program managers, grant-writing consultants, lobbyists, and even the Secretary of Energy.

Inside, you will find:

  • How to avoid common pitfalls of first-time grantwriters!
  • My “9 Point Reality Check”
  • How to tailor your proposal, including specific examples of words you can use to win
  • The “7 Ts for Startups”
  • And so much more...

This course can help you even if you've never written a grant before, or if you have failed to win in the past!


Additional Content Included:

  • A 1-on-1 Coaching Session ($499 value, limited to the first 10 customers) - A 30-minute Zoom call where I will help you with your biggest challenges.
  • Deep Tech Leadership ($199 value) - The Deep Tech Leadership webinar will cover content that I have been invited to present to world-class institutions, including MIT, Caltech, Schmidt Marine Technology Partners and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. This webinar will happen in December 2019 and a recording will be made available as well.
  • How to Win an Activate Fellowship ($99 value) - In October I had about a hundred aspiring entrepreneurs register to get insight into winning an Activate Fellowship, the premier entrepreneurial postdoc fellowship that was born at Cyclotron Road. You will receive the recording of this webinar. Much of the advice is relevant to any fellowship, grant or pitch competition - I highly recommend checking this out.
  • My Top 12 Tools (Bonus) - I'll tell you the top tools that I use in many different areas of my life. I cover everything from travel tips, to nutrition, to SAAS.
  • Incorporating and Registering A Business (Bonus) - Let me help you avoid common pitfalls.
  • The Grant-Winning Cheat Sheet (Bonus) - This is the companion resource to the Grant-Winning Fast Track, where I list over 100 non-dilutive funding opportunities, including grants, fellowships, incubators and accelerators.

Original Price of Everything Separately: $2041

Separately these items would total $2041. This weekend I am giving you the opportunity to invest in yourself, the opportunity to get 5 trainings for the price of 1, plus all of my bonus content. This weekend it is all available for a one-time investment of $349. That is over 80% off of the original price.


Frequently Asked Questions


How long do I have access to the content?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this content for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the content?
I am so confident that you'll love this bundle that I am offering a no-questions-asked 30-Day Guarantee. You can check out all of the content for yourself, you can even download it to your own hard drive. If it's not right for you, just send us a one-line email within 30 days and we will refund 100% of your money. No need to provide a reason.​​

This bundle is for individuals who want to take themselves to the next level. Deep tech entrepreneurship is hard work, even with all of my frameworks, advice, tips and tricks. I can help you avoid dead ends, but you're going to be the one pushing, putting one foot in front of the other. This is not a gee-whiz TED talk - it is not infotainment. You can't sit back and enjoy the show, sorry. I've worked hard to provide a framework for you to efficiently accelerate your metamorphosis from thinking like a scientist to acting like a leader. I will be here to support you, but you have to do the work.


You are the catalyst, I'm simply providing the reaction vessel.

This course is closed for enrollment.