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 .



Oct 31 – WITI@UC Athena Awards

The WITI@UC Athena Awards recognize those who embody, encourage, and promote the inclusion of women in technology. Awardees will be leaders who inspire others to pursue and persist in technical careers by way of their outstanding contributions, and their service and mentorship to foster inclusion in the field. Nominations are open to all candidates regardless of institutional affiliation …

Nov 8 – Faculty & Student Blockchain Research Proposals

The Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative funds academic research topics conducted by UC Berkeley Faculty members and Students in the focus areas of: blockchain and distributed ledger technologies; cryptocurrency and digital payments; cryptography; and related subject areas such as blockchain for economic development and global financial inclusion. 

Nov 30 – Startup Semester Spring ’20

Startup semester emphasizes hands-on venture-building, and learning the mindset and behaviors  that lead to entrepreneurial success. These are core tenets of the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship. Learn from leading faculty in UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering and from seasoned entrepreneurs. Grow your network, find your new team, and immerse yourself in the dynamic Berkeley and …

Mar 1st – Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative

The Institute for Business & Social Impact is requesting proposals for awards of $250-$5,000 in the subject areas of blockchain and distributed systems, cryptocurrency and digital payments, cryptography, and related subject areas such as blockchain for economic development and global financial inclusion.




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Welcome to Fall

Our friends at WITI@UC are excited to start the fall semester out strong. They just participated in an impressive panel of women founders at a program led by the Berkeley Startup Cluster and Berkeley SkyDeck featuring CaT Bobino, Kira Noodleman, and Chloe Alpert. And there are lots of great opportunities coming up!

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#FemaleFounderFriday: Concha & Respira Win $225k NSF SBIR Grants

September 20, 2019

Happy #FemaleFounderFriday!   Today we celebrate two National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps founders who have just received Phase 1 SBIR grants ($225k). SBIR grants (aka America’s Seed Fund) provide up to $1.5M in non-dilutive, equity-free funding for STEM innovations.   Amy Li (Concha Labs) and Maria Artunduaga (Respira Labs) finished the SBIR I-Corps bootcamp last week and …

Echolocation Technology that Empowers the Blind

September 19, 2019

Darryl Diptee used to think of himself as a “closet innovator.” During his time as an officer for the U.S. Navy, Diptee remembers being told to “color inside the lines and innovate on your own time.” After coming to UC Berkeley in 2018 to pursue a Ph.D. in Education, Diptee found himself in an environment that …

Innovation Engineering – the Book (Beta Version)

September 16, 2019

It was never a goal of mine to write this book. However, a meeting at our Dean’s office convinced me that it needed to be done. We put this text together to guide and support our classroom projects, new venture acceleration, research lab partnerships, and collaborations with companies, (e.g. building AI/Data applications for the auto …

Hult Prize Finalists Head to the UN

September 16, 2019

Wow! Berkeley-Haas MBA 19s Alibek Dostyarov, Lauren Fu & Azat Sembayev wrapped up their residency @ the Hult Prize Accelerator in fine style. Along with 40 other global teams, Boundless spent an intense summer at an actual castle, rising to the 2019 Hult Challenge: Solving Youth Unemployment. The formation of Boundless was a response to this challenge–Alibek & …

SCET Partners with University of Economics, Prague (VŠE) to Enhance its Innovation Pedagogy

September 12, 2019

Noema Hipká, Kamila Rychtaříková, Keith McAleer and Ota Novotný at BMoE Bootcamp The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley and the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics at the University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic recently formed a new partnership to help facilitate the exchange of pedagogy, faculty, …

India @ I-Corps

September 12, 2019

University of Jammu has 200k students across 33 colleges.  And you thought Cal was large & in charge @ 41k!  The sheer scale of everything in India can be mind boggling. We’re thrilled to be working with Jammu + three of the other top 10 public universities to change how entrepreneurship education is delivered.  Sponsored …

How to Find a Technical CoFounder

September 11, 2019

Wisdom & lessons-learned from David Corfield, MBA 19 There’s often one question on the minds of any business-minded founders at the start of their journeys: “how do I find a technical cofounder?”. It is certainly not a precondition to starting a successful venture, but I have to agree with the advice that finding a cofounder …

Recology SF hosts SCET’s Deplastifying the Planet Course

September 10, 2019

Deplastify the Planet students at Recology SF Recology SF hosted SCET’s Deplastifying the Planet course on Wednesday, Septermber 4 at the Recology SF facility. Christine Wolfe, Government Relations Manager and John Ferrari, Sr Operations Manager gave the students a tour of the facility, explained operations and fielded questions from students. Recology SF is one of the …

UC Big Ideas Contest and Rockefeller-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge Launch New Partnership

September 5, 2019

The Big Ideas Contest has been named one of four university social innovation competitions to be a part of The 2019-2020 Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge.  The post UC Big Ideas Contest and Rockefeller-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge Launch New Partnership appeared first on Blum Center. Source link

Empowering Students Inside and Outside the Classroom

August 27, 2019

By Shankar Sastry How do we educate students to become lifelong learners? University professors are continually grappling with this question, as we aim to spark students’ curiosity and engage them in thought-provoking coursework. This fall, I am re-engaging in teaching undergraduates after 11 years, leading a 200-person course on robotics and intelligent machines. Although I …

Needfinding, Design Thinking, and Alternative Meat: A Conversation With Anne Fletcher

August 27, 2019

Illustration by Alyssa Plese Anne Fletcher has devoted the better part of her career trying to understand what people want. After graduating from Stanford University’s Product Design Program in 2007, Fletcher spent several years in product design before returning to Stanford as an educator in the same field in addition to pursuing many of her …

What It Means To Be First Generation LatinX in Medical School: An Interview with Leilani Gutierrez-Palominos and Karla Tlatelpa

August 27, 2019

The Blum Center reached out to Karla Tlatelpa and Leilani Gutierrez-Palominos to ask how the Global Poverty & Practice minor helped shape their understanding of and participation in the medical field. The post What It Means To Be First Generation LatinX in Medical School: An Interview with Leilani Gutierrez-Palominos and Karla Tlatelpa appeared first on …

SmartDrug wins first place prize at BMoE Bootcamp

August 27, 2019

SmartDrug, the winners of the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp SmartDrug took home the top prize at the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp on August 23. SmartDrug is an automatic drug development technology that gets rid of fetal side effects.  SmartDrug’s team consisted of members Arpinderjeet Singh, Ruchirangad Sharma, and Roalla Toy from UC Berkeley, …

Fletcher Lab’s Mobile Phone-based Microscope for Neglected Tropical Diseases Receives Gates Foundation Support

August 27, 2019

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a grant to Berkeley in July 2019 to support the scaled-up production of the LoaScope, a mobile phone-based microscope developed by Blum Center Chief Technologist Daniel Fletcher and researchers in his bioengineering laboratory, to enable mapping of Loa loa prevalence and intensity in Central and West Africa. The …

How One Big Idea Led to an Innovative Co-working Solution

August 23, 2019

As a freelancer and a master’s degree student at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design (M.C.P.), Christelle Rohaut found coffee shops too crowded, co-working spaces too expensive, and her own home too isolating. In 2016, on her daily commute home, she saw rows of overpacked coffee shops.  “I also found it incredibly ironic that my …

Educational Access and Exchange at Heart of Blum Center-Pinoleville Pomo Nation Collaboration

August 22, 2019

This summer, on the same day that Joy Harjo was named the first Native American Poet Laureate, a delegation of students and educators from the Pinoleville Pomo Nation and Santa Clara tribes of Northern California assembled in Blum Hall at UC Berkeley. The group came to Berkeley as part of a summer STEAM (science, technology, …

BMoE Bootcamp features recent Sutardja Center alumni on entrepreneurship panel

August 21, 2019

Danielle Vivo, Mai Nyugen, and Matthew Milford at the BMoE Bootcamp. Young, entrepreneurial former UC Berkeley students met for a panel discussion at the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMoE) Bootcamp held this week at UC Berkeley. The panel featured Mai Nyugen, former Berkeley undergraduate and PhD student and the CEO/Co-Founder of OptoCeutics, and former Berkeley …

Now Hiring for Data-X Spring Course

August 20, 2019

The Industrial Engineering and Operations department at UC Berkeley is now hiring one co-instructor for the Data-X spring semester course, as well as multiple graduate student instructors.  The course is listed as INDENG 135/290 Applied Data Science with Venture Applications (Data-X) and will be offered through the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.  This highly-applied …

Paid Research Opportunity with Berkeley Alt. Meat Lab and Millipore Sigma: Clean Meat/Lab Grown Meat

August 20, 2019

Interested in researching alternative meat? The Berkeley Alt. Meat Lab and Millipore Sigma are currently seeking undergraduate or graduate student researchers in areas surrounding clean meat and lab grown meat. The researcher will conduct research and develop a proposal on how to establish a best practice approach to measure and modulate critical quality attributes of …

Sumeru Ventures to be featured at Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

August 16, 2019

The post Sumeru Ventures to be featured at Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp appeared first on UC Berkeley Sutardja Center. Source link


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