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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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 …

SACEPI: Bridging College Food Insecurity and Waste

November 30, 2018

By Sara Tsai The UC system is often lauded for its ability to cultivate socioeconomic mobility. A 2015 New York Times study placed UC campuses in six of the seven top spots in its index of economic diversity, and the UC system performed the strongest in this year’s U.S. News & Report Ranking on social …

“Governments Don’t Want the Academic Paper, They Want Tailored Advice”: Daniel Kammen on Communicating Scientific Research

November 30, 2018

By Tamara Straus Daniel Kammen asserts that everything he has learned about communicating scientific research to a lay audience has been “by accident.” Yet Kammen, chair of the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley who also holds parallel appointments in the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Department of Nuclear Engineering—is for all …

National Team Elektra Labs Founder On Digital Therapeutics

November 30, 2018

Andy Coravos, founder of Elektra Labs, authored a great piece in Wired detailing the increasing acceptance for and use of “digital therapeutics” for medical interventions. Read the full story in Wired, here. Source link

Rhonda Gets”Relentlessly Direct” With GIST APEC Female Founders

November 28, 2018

Each year, the US State Department sponsors the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) program.  This year’s focus was on Female Founders and our very own Rhonda Shrader was selected as one of the instructors for the bootcamp in Brisbane, Australia. Twenty teams were selected from over 100 applications with the selected teams representing 14 …

DOST— Fostering Early Childhood Development in India

November 28, 2018

By Veena Narashiman ’2020 Early years of childhood form the basis of intelligence, personality, social behavior, and capacity to learn and nurture oneself. Increasingly, child development researchers are also finding that brain development during the first eight years is the most rapid, with children who receive attention in their early years achieving more success in …

MBAs From 3 Haas Programs = Super November

November 28, 2018

Haasies racked up a number of superlatives during our November NSF I-Corps short course! EMBA 18 alum Olivier Carteret’s teammate traveled all the way from Paris. First year MBA student Chris Adler’s & his EECS undergrad teammate did 27 customer discovery interviews in one week (!).  Second year MBA student Monal Goodacre’s and her UC …

InFEWS Fellows Take on Sustainable Development Goals

November 27, 2018

The goal of the PhD is to do original research in a specific discipline. That means in-depth and often narrow inquiries that build on academic knowledge. But for many STEM and social science graduate students, the great draw of the PhD is developing research that can have wide societal benefit—in clean water or pollution reduction, …

Multiplicity Not Singularity: Ken Goldberg on the Future of Work

November 26, 2018

By Lisa Bauer Robotics Professor Ken Goldberg is the first to acknowledge the public anxiety about what automation and AI might mean for future jobs. Singularity—the hypothesis that AI will become increasingly powerful, decimating professions and remaking civilization—is becoming a mainstream concept. All one has to do is read news headlines about robot-driven factories, watch …

Autodesk Foundation CEO Lynelle Cameron on Courage, Creativity, and Critical Thinking

November 26, 2018

Lynelle Cameron (Haas MBA ’01) has over 20 years of experience helping companies capitalize on market opportunities related to sustainability and climate change. Cameron is currently Vice President of Sustainability at Autodesk and CEO of the Autodesk Foundation. She leads a team transforming the design, manufacturing, and construction industries to capitalize on the business opportunities …

Ikhlaq Sidhu honored by IEEE Educational Activities Board

November 26, 2018

On November 16, SCET founder and chief scientist Prof. Ikhlaq Sidhu was honored with the 2018 IEEE Major Education Innovation Award by the IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) for his contributions in entrepreneurship pedagogy and innovative teaching methods. “I’d like to express my thanks to IEEE for continuing to be a home for my professional work for …


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