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 …

IIBD Case Competition – May 31

Established in 2008, the IIBD International Case Competition is a competition for IIBD member and non-member universities worldwide. The Competition aims at giving students a fruitful learning experience outside classrooms. Students will have the chance to gain hands-on experiences to tackle real-world business problems, which highlight the strategic challenges and managerial dilemmas, and to network …

Aalto Ventures Program – May 31

This summer, Aalto Ventures Program offers a unique summer course, where participants from around the world come together to create multidimensional experiences. During three weeks of magical Finnish summer, you will go from an idea to a prototype, learn by doing, and get to know and understand the globally renowned startup culture in Helsinki.




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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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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 …

In This College Class, the Assignment Is to Solve a Local Problem

May 9, 2019

How do you convince people to drive less? When a team of University of California-Berkeley students considered the problem in the city of Berkeley–where traffic is increasing despite the city’s reputation as a bastion of progressive politics–they focused on how to improve the experience of riding the bus. The post In This College Class, the …

NSF I-Corps Bay Area Node on The Hill

May 8, 2019

Bears were in the House for Coalition for National Science Funding Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. last week! Rhonda Shrader (Executive Director of NSF I-Corps Bay Area Node & Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship) and John Felts, co-founder of Cruz Foam (National I-Corps team & LAUNCH standout) were part of a coalition that included representatives from five UC campuses highlighting …

Now hiring for student positions — Come join our team!

May 8, 2019

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) is a global innovation hub headquartered at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering where aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators take deep dives into the world of technology entrepreneurship and embark on the path to develop exciting new ventures. The Center is currently hiring for paid student positions. The following …

Here’s What Happens When UC Berkeley Students Try to ‘Hack’ the Housing Crisis

May 7, 2019

After a semester studying housing, transit and other issues plaguing the Bay Area, a group of UC Berkeley students has some unexpected solutions. Free buses, anyone? How about a podcast on homelessness? The post Here’s What Happens When UC Berkeley Students Try to ‘Hack’ the Housing Crisis appeared first on Blum Center. Source link

CITRIS Foundry 2019 Launch Event

May 7, 2019

Register CITRIS Foundry would like to invite our alumni, mentors, advisors, and supporters, as well as the broader CITRIS and UC Berkeley community to join us for this special launch event of the CITRIS Foundry Innovation Hub. Hosted by our new Executive Director, Maher Hakim, we will share our vision for the future of deep tech innovation and …

CITRIS Foundry innovation hub expands under new leadership

May 1, 2019

by Saemmool Lee The CITRIS Foundry welcomes a new executive director, Maher Hakim, Ph.D., who comes aboard after the Foundry’s five-year-review and a renewed mission to support deep tech innovation in the public interest. He comes to the CITRIS incubator from positions as managing director of Qatar Science and Technology Park and professor of entrepreneurship …

7 Questions for BioInspira Founder Ray Chiu

April 30, 2019

By Saemmool Lee Po Jui (Ray) Chiu, co-founder and CEO of BioInspira, was named among Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy for 2019. A CITRIS Foundry company, BioInspira is a material sciences and Internet of Things (IoT) startup that leverages bio materials to build highly accurate and low-cost chemical sensors for real-time detection of air …

Brazil Startup Semester students ready to shake healthcare industry

April 30, 2019

For Startup Semester students from Brazil, a big win at HackBrazil was only one step in their journey to shake the healthcare industry. Their startup, Blue, integrates data and uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict chronic disease. Pedro Freire, founder and CEO at Blue is a business graduate at Insper, student in MIT’s …

Why Diversity Matters in Storytelling

April 26, 2019

Last week, alum Marissa Louie (‘05 Interdisciplinary Studies — Business, Economics, & IEOR) visited the Sutardja Center’s product design course to talk about storytelling for designers and why diversity is the cornerstone of her brand. After graduating from Cal, Marissa founded three companies, was an art director at Apple, and principal designer at Yahoo. She …

AI and Tax Season – Why AI and Data Does Not Solve Every Problem & Why Systems and Good Architecture Matter More

April 23, 2019

A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to visit a tax department for one of the world’s leading global economies. My colleague Alexander Fred-Ojala and I were there to discuss how artificial intelligence and data technologies might fit into their strategic plans. Data X-Lab director Alexander Fred Ojala explaining how AI and Data models …

Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day Showcases Inventions of Top Student Teams

April 18, 2019

In 2006, the Big Ideas Contestlaunched at UC Berkeley to catalyze and support an interdisciplinary and diverse network of student entrepreneurs to develop game-changing innovations. No longer would entrepreneurship be ensconced within just engineering and business schools and accessible to only a few. The time had come to “open-source” entrepreneurship to include the range of perspectives …


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