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 .



Global Leadership Program – Apr 9

Saha Global knows that young people have the skills, intellect and determination required to solve some of the world’s greatest problems. Through our Global Leadership Program, we provide young leaders the opportunity to harness their passions and knowledge in an impactful way. Since 2008, our three-week Global Leadership Program has trained hundreds of volunteer Field …

Italia Innovation Program – Apr 15

As a participant of an Italia Innovation program, you enter a network of forward-thinking students, thought-leaders, and business veterans passionate about participating in the future of Italian industries. Italia Innovation is an environment that fosters entrepreneurship and stimulates creativity because we believe that when young talents feel empowered they commit to achieving big goals. Throughout …




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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.

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Introducing “Disrupt Berkeley,” a Fall 2019 Challenge Lab Course

July 9, 2019

If you had the chance to re-design any administrative system at UC Berkeley, which would you choose? That is the question that students will be answering this fall in the “Disrupt Berkeley” Challenge Lab course offered through the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET). Through experiential learning and entrepreneurial product creation, students in “Disrupt …

NSF I-Corps Team Wins $150K Epilepsy Foundation Shark Tank

June 29, 2019

A Pediatric Neurologist, Neuropsychologist & Surgeon (who also happens to be a Berkeley-Haas EMBA) walked into an NSF I-Corps National training cohort last winter. Their tech for detecting epileptic seizures was sound and, at UCSF Children’s Hospital Oakland, they’re at the top of their professional games…what could they possibly learn? A lot, it turns out. Seven …

SCET Summer Innovation Reading List

June 26, 2019

Inspiring Innovation: 2019 Summer Reads By Ella Jensen | July 3, 2019   The faculty and staff at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology have compiled a list of fascinating and applicable summer reads for any innovator or entrepreneur. (Looking for more summer reading? Check out the UC Berkeley Library’s list.)   The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary …

Congratulations to our 2019 Engineering Leadership Professional Program Graduates!

June 25, 2019

On June 13, 2019, fifty students came together at the Berkeley Faculty Club to celebrate the culmination of their hard work for the past five months.  Each of these students received a certificate from Professor Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Scientist and Founding Director of the Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. During the …

It takes a (Blockchain) Village!

June 24, 2019

Spring Reflections, Fall Futures, and Student Project Highlights Spring of 2019 was the semester of collaboration and joint ventures for our Blockchain Challenge Lab. We expanded the program to include FinTech, and the new material and domain resulted in a number of novel projects, many of which are highlighted below. We saw increased teamwork across …

Berkeley Food Institute and Alt.Meat Lab Join Forces to Research Legumes

June 18, 2019

By Alyssa Plese | June 18, 2019 Illustration by Alyssa Plese The Berkeley Food Institute and the Berkeley Alternative Meats Lab recently announced their research partnership in an effort to study legumes as a potential source of plant-based protein in the United States. Through the combined work of these organizations, researchers hope to explore new meat alternatives to …

Hult Prize Winners Head To The Castle

June 18, 2019

Behold! Boundless Group is spending the summer at an accelerator in a castle as one of 50 teams around the world selected by the Hult Prize Foundation. This team of Berkeley-Haas MBA 19s ( Lauren Fu, Azat Sembayev & Alibek Dostiyarov) created Boundless Group to match/manage the talents of Central Asian programmers with the needs of early stage startups. Their …

SCET Announces New Partnership with Sumeru Ventures, Strengthening its Global Network

June 17, 2019

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce its latest partnership with Sumeru Ventures, a next generation global technology fund based in Los Angeles, California. Through this new partnership, the SCET will have the opportunity to continue to expand its …

Driving From Your Doorstep

June 13, 2019

Owning a car in a city is painful and costly–parking, insurance and the dreaded citation envelopes on your windshield…  Don’t despair…. Berkeley-Haas MBA 19 (and Trione Student Venture Fund awardee) Ludwig Schoenack is on it! He and his co-founders (with combined experience from Uber/BMW/McKinsey’s automotive practice) created KYTE . KYTE delivers cars, you drive them.  Tapping into …

Project and Venture Execution with Innovation Engineering

May 31, 2019

Why Execution Matters So Much – And Why It Still Gets Ignored In our courses, boot-camps, and related Berkeley Method programs, we often explain that there are 4 parts to any successful technology project or venture. These are: Story Team Validation Execution And, in a classroom environment, Story and Team get a lot of coverage.  …

Planted Poultry snags top prize at Collider Cup IV

May 29, 2019

The team at Planted Poultry poses with the Collider Cup. At this semester’s Collider Cup, alternative meat startup Planted Poultry cinched the top prize with their groundbreaking innovation: a faux chicken drumstick. Born out of the Sutardja Center’s Alt.meat Challenge Lab, the team wanted to tackle the fact that most plant-based alternative meats tend to …

Innovation Engineering: Principles and Methodology

May 23, 2019

Let’s start with the problem.  The fact is that most innovation projects fail.  In fact, even when they go forward, they often result in ineffective, overly complex, and/or overly expensive solutions. Sometimes, these projects never get internal funding approvals. Other times, they start but completely miss the mark in terms of serving customers or even solving …

A Year of Solutions Science and Scholarship at the Blum Center

May 22, 2019

Shankar Sastry What is the role of the university in the wider world? What is the role of scholarship in an era of vast digitally enabled knowledge? These are two questions we at the Blum Center keep forefront in our minds, as we pursue forward-looking curricula and solutions scholarship related to development. During the 2018-2019 …

The Creaform Scanner: A Tool for 3D-Design Exploration

May 22, 2019

In the Visualization Lab in Jacobs Hall’s lowest level, Design Specialist Chris Parsell sets up his laptop, a chair, and a table before a white-wall backdrop — as if staging a photo booth — to show me one of Jacob’s newest design technologies. He places the subject (a water bottle) in the center of a round, low-lying table. I …

Motivation and Mentorship Spurred 2019 Big Ideas Contest Winners

May 14, 2019

How do you become a social entrepreneur? The question has been the subject of many articles, books, and TED talks. For applicants to the Big Ideas social innovation contest, however, the answer is fairly simple: motivation and mentorship. The post Motivation and Mentorship Spurred 2019 Big Ideas Contest Winners appeared first on Blum Center. Source link

Power Isn’t Water: Learnings from Kenya’s Rural Electrification Efforts

May 13, 2019

In Sub-Saharan Africa, two out of three people, or 600 million individuals, still lack access to electricity. Given the massive scale of energy poverty, several large foreign aid institutions have launched major initiatives aimed at connecting millions of rural residences to the grid. In 2013, the United States Agency for International Development commenced one of …

Configurable Microfactories: Autodesk’s San Francisco Technology Center

May 10, 2019

There are only a handful of Autodesk Technology Centers around the world—in Birmingham, Toronto, Boston, and San Francisco. Each location explores different aspects of the future of making, from construction to advanced manufacturing to artificial intelligence and generative design. But all the spaces are designed to foster innovation and advance Autodesk’s mission to build software …

The Role of Data Science and Machine Learning to Combat Human Trafficking

May 9, 2019

The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally. With the rapid adoption of social media platforms, human traffickers have the potential to target more vulnerable children. Yet artificial intelligence and machine learning also have the potential to thwart more predators and protect potential victims. On April 26, the …

Lux: A Single Passenger Electric Vehicle

May 9, 2019

Team update, Global Product Development | By Lara Mcconnaughey for Team Lux: Chris Callahan-Dudley, Derek Pan, Lara McConnaughey, Aaron Ong, and Hannah Reher. The average commuter spends about 45 minutes to an hour of his or her working day in traffic. This traffic is caused by an increasing number of automotive vehicles on the road, yet …

GripStrong: An affordable gripping device for quadriplegic patients

May 9, 2019

Team update, Global Product Development | By Samantha Yang for team GripStrong: Prakhar Agarwal, Samantha Yang, Lara Zlokapa Every year, the US sees 100,000 new cases of Quadriplegia, or tetraplegia, a disability typically caused by a spinal injury resulting in lower limb and hand paralysis. It is usually accompanied by tetraparesis, muscle weakness that affects all …


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