Welcome to the Berkeley Gateway to Innovation (BEGIN)!
The University of California, Berkeley is home to one of the most vibrant innovation ecosystems in the world. BEGIN features Berkeley innovation and entrepreneurship resources, opportunities, events, and news to help you connect with the Berkeley ecosystem and take the next step in your entrepreneurial journey.
In 2023, Pitchbook ranked UC Berkeley as the #1 university worldwide for number of venture capital-backed companies founded by undergraduate alumni and #2 for female-founded companies, as well as #1 public university in the U.S. for entrepreneurs with graduate degrees.
University Worldwide for Venture Capital-backed Companies Founded by Undergraduate Alumni
Public University for Entrepreneurs with Graduate Degrees
Active US Patents
University Worldwide for Female-founded Companies
Annual Research Funding
Active Foreign Patents
UCB-Affiliated Venture Capital
Other Venture Capital
Grants & Fellowships
Student & Alumni Funds