Directory

begin-logo-vertical-bold

Berkeley entrepreneurship begins here

The University of California, Berkeley offers entrepreneurs an unparalleled education, top research centers and faculty, and the opportunity to be part of the innovative culture in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. The Berkeley Gateway to Innovation (BEGIN) is the portal to the entrepreneurship community at UC Berkeley. Our goal is to help students, faculty, researchers, and other innovators understand the resources available at Berkeley to support educating entrepreneurs, commercializing research, and advancing startups.

BEGIN is funded in part by the State of California Assembly Bill 2664 for entrepreneurship and innovation expansion at the University of California, Berkeley .

Roadmap

Deadlines

VC University Live @ Michigan – Mar 22

VC University provides practical training on venture finance for entrepreneurs, investors, attorneys and anyone else interested in emerging company finance.

Directory

Classes

FAQ

Didn't find what you were looking for? Try our concierge.

Events

News

SkyDeck Berkeley

State grant accelerates UC Berkeley's innovation and entrepreneurship

The University of California, Berkeley has announced promising early results from a $2.2 million grant provided by the State of California. The grant has helped UC Berkeley, already a global hub for innovation, to expand its entrepreneurship activities with new facilities, courses and programs.

Read more

Startup Semester students talk diversity, experiences at UC Berkeley

March 20, 2019

Through a global partnership with the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, students from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) are studying at UC Berkeley this semester. As part of the Startup Semester study abroad program, they are learning about about entrepreneurship and technology while growing …

Joshua Blumenstock: The Knowns and Unknowns of Big Data and Poverty Alleviation

March 18, 2019

In international development circles, the application of machine learning to monitor and alleviate poverty interventions has become a much discussed aspiration. However, Joshua Blumenstock, assistant professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information and director of the Data-Intensive Development Lab, cautioned at a recent Blum Center Faculty Salon that unknowns abound and new digital methods …

NSF I-Corps Team @ YCombinator Demo Day W18

March 18, 2019

Read more about how two UC Berkeley researchers and an EWMBA student are transforming the contraceptive market and shaking up the W19 YC Demo Day! YourChoice completed our one week “immersive short” course and gained valuable skills to focus and refine both customer segments and associated value propositions. Read more about their recent raise and …

I-Corps + Workshop = SBIR Success For Bay Area Teams

March 18, 2019

    For science-based startups, early capital is particularly hard to secure, due to the technical risk that angel investors and venture capitalists are typically not willing to bear. This is where the federal government can play a critical role in funding technical development that decreases the risk profile of a startup and makes it …

Solve the Bay Area Housing Crisis, Fight Climate Change and More, All While Earning College Credit

March 14, 2019

San Jose Mercury News The 25 students enrolled in UC Berkeley’s newest class are shooting for more this semester than a good grade. In addition to earning an “A,” they intend to help solve the Bay Area’s housing shortage, prevent wildfires in the East Bay hills and slow climate change. The post Solve the Bay …

Kara Nelson on Aspirational Technologies and the Sustainable Development Goals

March 14, 2019

In 1990, at the age of 20, Kara Nelson found herself in a refugee camp in Zimbabwe, just months before the new independence government lifted a 10-year-old ban on land redistribution. The UC Berkeley biophysics student was taking a gap year to see what life was like as a non-student, and the realities of what …

Big Ideas Winner Po Jui “Ray” Chiu, co-founder of BioInspira Inc., named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy category

March 13, 2019

In July 2014, a series of natural gas explosions ripped apart Kaohsiung, a Taiwanese city where Po Jui “Ray” Chiu, MEng ’14 (BIOE) had lived with relatives just a year before, while he was completing his compulsory military service. The post Big Ideas Winner Po Jui “Ray” Chiu, co-founder of BioInspira Inc., named in the …

How Universities Can Support Women-Led Entrepreneurship

March 11, 2019

https://ssir.org/articles/entry/how_universities_can_support_women_led_entrepreneurship# The post How Universities Can Support Women-Led Entrepreneurship appeared first on Blum Center. Source link

Female Founder Friday: neuroFit

March 11, 2019

Celebrating International Women’s Day  & #FemaleFounderFriday with a recent NSF I-Corps National team that’s making a huge impact! Lisa Papadopoulos was a rock star in the National program last summer and neuroFit continues to soar. Read more about her journey from physician to entrepreneur, here. Source link

March 8, 2019

Starts at: 2019-03-12 02:00:00 Ends at: 2019-03-15 03:00:00 Location: Haas Business School Association (HBSA) 2220 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, California 94704 Source

GripStrong: The reliable and affordable device for quadriplegic patients everywhere!

March 5, 2019

Team update, Global Product Development | By Samantha Yang Introduction — Quadriplegia, or tetraplegia, is a disability usually caused by spinal injury that results in lower limb and hand paralysis. It’s usually also accompanied by tetraparesis, which is muscle weakness that affects all four limbs, further decreasing the patient’s limb movement. Quadriplegic patients are also wheelchair …

Museum Of 3D Illusions – San Francisco, 02-01

February 28, 2019

Starts at: 2019-02-01 18:00:00 Ends at: 2019-03-01 07:00:00 Location: Tickets Source

New Global Partner Perspective: bwcon and How to ‘Think Around the Corner’

February 25, 2019

Pictured above: team members from Covexo, a cloud startup preparing for its breakthrough in the US. The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at the University of California, Berkeley is proud to welcome our newest global partner: bwcon. Below is a perspective from bwcon that has been translated from German and lightly edited. The original story can be found here. ———————————————————————————— A …

A Watershed Moment in Global Poverty Reduction

February 14, 2019

Shankar Sastry Two thousand and eighteen has been called a watershed moment in global poverty reduction. It was the year—according to two major analyses—that more than half of the world’s population moved into the “middle class.” And it was marked by a billion people moving out of “extreme poverty” in the time period 2000-2018. In …

Alt.Meat Lab receives funding to help startups develop alternatives to animal products

February 14, 2019

UC Berkeley’s Alternative Meats (Alt.Meat) Lab has received $125,000 from the Open Philanthropy Project to support research and development of animal product alternatives. The Alt.Meat Challenge Lab was created in 2017 at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology to give UC Berkeley students the skills necessary to develop sustainable, nutritious and affordable alternatives to …

Olivia Wang talks about Zhenfund and connecting a global community of investors

February 12, 2019

Credit: Forbes Olivia Wang — a philosopher by trade — broke into the tech industry as the 7th employee at Zhenfund, back in 2014. Wang visited the Sutardja Center Newton Lecture Series on February 5 to talk about Zhenfund, what the startup ecosystem in China looks like and how she got to where she is today. …

“Imagining the Future Helps Us Engineer Toward that Future”: A Q&A with Will Tarpeh

February 11, 2019

When Will Tarpeh was an undergraduate at Stanford University, he didn’t know if it was possible to be a research engineer who works in the developing world. His global interests started in high school, when he learned that more than 2 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation. And they expanded throughout college, as he …

Siddharth Kara’s Garment Research Receives International Press Attention

February 7, 2019

“They work in huts with mud floors, shacks with crumbling roofs, and if they are lucky, a semi-concrete structure that may survive this year’s monsoon floods. They are the women and girls in India who toil at the bottom of global garment supply chains, earning between $0.13 and $0.15 per hour sewing, embroidering, and adding the …

Ann Mei Chang Advises a Lean Innovation Strategy to Maximize Social Impact

February 7, 2019

By Lisa Bauer Ann Mei Chang, former chief innovation officer at USAID and former senior engineering director at Google, thinks that mission-driven organizations should act more like Silicon Valley startups. At a talk at the Blum Center, she outlined the thesis of her recent book, Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good–which …

Arrow Capital and Berkeley SkyDeck Launch New Funding Opportunity for Startups

February 6, 2019

Are you looking to raise investment for your startup? Look no further than “Get Funded,” a new opportunity for founders to pitch their startups and receive funding! This program — launched by Arrow Capital and Berkeley Skydeck in collaboration with The House, Rough Draft Ventures, Dorm Room Fund and Contrary Capital — aims to accelerate the next …

Concierge

Not sure where to begin? Send us a message, we'll help you get started.

Topic areas: legalpatentsintellectual propertycoursesmentorshipalumni

Partners