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 .





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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.

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Fletcher Lab CellScope Is Ready for Scaling

January 22, 2019

By Lisa Bauer Nearly a decade ago, more than 80 global organizations came together to sign the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases, to control, eliminate, or eradicate at least ten of the diseases by 2020. Progress has been made on “NTDs” (neglected tropical diseases), but they still affect nearly one billion people, reinforcing poverty …

Want to work on disruptive technologies? Make your big ideas come to life through Samsung’s UVENTURE Program!

January 18, 2019

Samsung UVENTURE Office Hours: Learn firsthand about Samsung’s UVENTURE Program or get guidance on drafting your proposal. RSVP for the event on Facebook here. More details below: Date: Thursday, January 24 th Time: 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM Location: Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (2227 Piedmont Ave) UVENTURE Program Do you have lots of …

Tainted Garments

January 10, 2019

Introduction Tainted Garments: The Exploitation of Women and Girls in India’s Home-based Garment Sector by Siddharth Kara offers the most comprehensive investigation yet into the conditions of work for women and girls in India’s home-based garment sector. Approximately 85 percent of the home-based garment workers documented for the report exclusively work in supply chains for …

Tainted Garments

January 10, 2019

Introduction Tainted Garments: The Exploitation of Women and Girls in India’s Home-based Garment Sector by Siddharth Kara offers the most comprehensive investigation yet into the conditions of work for women and girls in India’s home-based garment sector. Approximately 85 percent of the home-based garment workers documented for the report exclusively work in supply chains for …

First #FemaleFounderFriday of 2019!

January 4, 2019

It’s going to be an exciting 2019 as more of our NSF I-Corps teams move up and onward! Berkeley-Haas MBA-MPH dual degree student Amy Fan excelled in last summer’s I-Corps, using her newly acquired customer discovery skills to pivot significantly and zero in on a pain point experienced by young women, ages 18-24.  The company …


January 4, 2019

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Two National I-Corps Teams In The Spotlight

January 2, 2019

2018 was a big year for our National NSF I-Corps teams.  In addition to sending 28 new teams,  our 2017 teams continue their progress using on-campus resources such as CITRIS Foundry. Check out how Tara DeBoer and Charlie Yeh are using their technology superpowers for good to make an impact on health, both here and …

HKBU students talk goals, challenges, and advice for SCET’s Startup Semester

December 18, 2018

Over the past semester, students from the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) studied at UC Berkeley through the Startup Semester study abroad program at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology in order to learn about entrepreneurship and technology while growing their global networks. Read more about the girls’ experience at SCET below! Graduation! From …

SRM professor seeks to understand how teaching entrepreneurship differs around the world

December 18, 2018

Are teachings in American university translatable across the world? That’s exactly what Professor Richard T. Wilson of Sri Ramaswamy Memorial (SRM) Institute, Chennai is trying to figure out.   SRM Institute, Chennai   To better understand how entrepreneurship is taught in the United States, SRM is partnering with the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology …

Using Blockchain for (Social) Good! Four student ventures and use cases

December 17, 2018

Blockchain is a transformative technology capable of disrupting industries and even altering the social fabric. The recent initial coin offering scandals, plummeting cryptocurrency values, and the general wild west nature of this space have scared off some early adopters and entrepreneurs, and it is a shame. Blockchain has the potential to make a truly positive …

Mobility, MedTech & More For Final 2018 NSF I-Corps Short Course

December 14, 2018

Our final NSF I-Corps short course of 2018 is a wrap! Great group including two undergrad teams, one from UC Berkeley & another all the way from UC Santa Cruz! Rounding out the cohort was Skydeck team Telos.AI and two UC Berkeley postdoc-led teams. Super impressed with Grido, an intrepid team of Berkeley-Haas 1st year MBA students …

Lean Transfer Wraps @ SCET’s Collider Cup

December 14, 2018

On this #FemaleFounderFriday, we’re celebrating Bakar Fellow & KarnaTeq founder Kathleen Collins, Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at UC Berkeley. Professor Collins & Bakar Innovation Fellow Heather Upton generously shared their RNA sequencing technology as a project for this year’s Lean Transfer class, where students learned Lean Startup methods and conducted 100+ customer discovery interviews, …

Data-X Poster Session shows breadth of AI projects

December 11, 2018

This semester students had an opportunity to apply the latest data science tools and algorithms to real-life industry problems in our course Applied Data Science with Venture Applications, also known as Data-X (INDENG 135 / 290).  For the first time, students were able to showcase their projects in a poster session event on December 4th at …

LAUNCH 17 Winner Oishii Farms On Plates Near You

December 7, 2018

Where are our LAUNCH winners now? On the plates of three-star Michelin chefs, for OISHII Farm (LAUNCH ’17)! Co-founded by Haas MBA 17 Hiroki Koga and UCLA Anderson School MBA 17 Brendan Somerville after starting out in our one week NSF I-Corps course, OISHII’s vertical farm is producing Japanese varietal strawberries…in New York! After a lengthy stealth …

Forbes Love For Startup 81cents

December 7, 2018

More media love for Jordan & 81Cents! Jordan used her experience as co-chair for last year’s LAUNCH accelerator and her summer as a Hansoo Lee Fellow to found a company that’s already making an impact. Check out the Forbes piece & then take 4 minutes a week to help a woman prep for her negotiation …

NSF I-Corps & LAUNCH Team Takes 2nd for UC Berkeley Hult Prize

December 7, 2018

So many cross-campus collaborations @ last night’s UC Berkeley Campus Round for the $1M Hult Prize! The winner, Thrive Education, aims to disrupt diagnosis of learning disabilities and hails from Haas, Fung Institute for Engineering & UCB’s School of Social Welfare. Runners up include Qodecom, from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy & Haas, and …

From I-Corps to LAUNCH to Flourish

December 6, 2018

Pedro Moura and Jessica Eting met as Evening-Weekend MBA students and discovered a shared passion for improving the financial health of underrepresented communities.  They took their first idea, a gamified savings platform, through our one week NSF I-Corps program and quickly discovered that noble ideas don’t necessarily translate into product market fit. Applying the skill …

ZestBio Continues Innovation with Waste-based Products

December 5, 2018

By Tamara Straus Early in 2017, Ryan Protzko, then a doctoral student in biochemistry at UC Berkeley, was working on research to turn orange peels into eco-friendly bottles and contacted a citrus juicer in California’s Central Valley. Would the company be able to spare some orange peels? Yes, responded the representative, the juicer could truck …

The Future of Collaboration in the Future of Work

December 3, 2018

By Rachel Dzombak At the 2018 Autodesk University conference, a weeklong event bringing together representatives from the building, design, manufacturing, and construction industries, the skillsets required for the future workforce were a heavy focus. In her keynote speech, Beth Comstock, the former CEO of GE, discussed how multinational companies are reorganizing around digital information flows, …

NSF I-Corps Teams Shine @ 10th Anniversary of Cleantech To Market (C2M)

December 3, 2018

Great celebration last week, as the Energy Institute @Haas’ C2M program celebrated it’s 10th anniversary of partnering students and energy startups for a semester long deep dive into commercialization.   We’re especially proud that three of the six startups this year are NSF #ICorps alums! real-time, adaptive machine learning to drive efficiency in …


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