AMENA Center for Entrepreneurship & Development

The AMENA (Asia, Middle East, and North Africa) Center for Entrepreneurship and Development leverages the strengths of the University of California at Berkeley to alleviate the region’s entrepreneurship, innovation, intra-preneurship, skills, and gender gaps.

Avestria VC

Avestria VC invests in women's health and life science ventures. They seek out early-stage businesses with a product or service that utilizes technology to improve the quality of healthcare, improve access, lower costs or empower patients.

Bakar Fellows

The Bakar Fellows Program at UC Berkeley fosters faculty entrepreneurship in the STEM+ fields including Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Architecture.

Bay Area I-Corps

The University of California, Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Stanford University are collaborating on an educational program aimed at commercializing university research and fostering innovation locally and nationally, thanks to a three-year, $3.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Connect with students, alumni, faculty, and staff to advance your career, find mentors, join startups, attend exclusive events, and more!

Bee Partners

Bee Partners works with passionate entrepreneurs possessing Deep Market Insights. They invest at the Seed-stage, helping to refer reference customers, capital sources, strategic insights, leadership support and more.

Berkeley Angel Network

The Berkeley Angel Network is a group of angel investors who are alumni, faculty and former faculty of UC Berkeley. The mission of the Berkeley Angel Network is to build an angel investor community among the alumni and faculty of UC Berkeley.

Berkeley Biology+Business

The Biology+Business Program is designed to help students bridge scientific inquiry and research with entrepreneurship and commercial application.

Berkeley Catalyst Fund

The Berkeley Catalyst Fund, and the Berkeley Catalyst Philanthropic Fund, provide benefits to entrepreneurial startups and the College of Chemistry.

Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC)

BERC connects, educates and motivates students, alumni, faculty and industry professionals to address the world's energy and resource challenges.

Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association

The Berkeley Entrepreneurial Association transforms UC Berkeley Students into successful Entrepreneurs.

Berkeley Founders Pledge

You’re a UC Berkeley entrepreneur — drawn to big problems and audacious solutions. You know that success is amplified when you pay it forward. Make the Berkeley Founders’ Pledge and have an impact from Day One of your latest venture.

Berkeley Innovators

Cal’s Innovator platform helps connect alumni entrepreneurs to the breadth and depth of its innovator ecosystem through engagement opportunities like peer networking events, panels and forums, brokered connections, and mentoring and advising opportunities.

Berkeley Institute of Data Science

BIDS is a central hub of data-intensive research, open-source software, and data science training programs at UC Berkeley.

Berkeley Master of Design

The Master of Design (MDes) is a professional graduate program in design for emerging technologies that emphasizes critical design and social practice to address the new realities of emerging technologies in the 21st century.

Berkeley Post-Doc Entrepreneurship Program (BPEP)

We connect aspiring entrepreneurs with mentors, resources, and partners to foster entrepreneurship among UC Berkeley’s postdocs and graduate students, through education, awareness, and hands-on opportunities.

Berkeley SkyDeck Fund

Formed as a partnership between the Haas School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research, SkyDeck combines the consulting know-how of traditional accelerators with the vast resources of its research university.

Berkeley Startup Cluster

The Berkeley Startup Cluster was formed to help make Berkeley more attractive to startups that wish to locate our city, especially those spinning out of UC Berkeley and the Berkeley Lab.

Berkeley Ventures

Berkeley Ventures is an accelerator which helps serious entrepreneurs bring their innovations to the world. We are focused on helping startups in sectors including, but not limited to internet, software, mobile, clean energy, and gaming.

Berkeley-Haas Alumni Relations

Get connected to alumni in the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley.

Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship

The mission of the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program is to integrate entrepreneurial thinking into the Haas student experience and to assist Haas and UC Berkeley students in launching new ventures.

Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Startup Seed Fund

The Haas Student Seed Fund and Sega Sammy Fund provides $5,000 grants and office space to early-stage startups involving current Haas students. The grants are intended for use in prototype development and customer discovery activities.

Better Ventures

Better Ventures backs mission-driven founders leveraging breakthrough innovations in science and technology to build a more sustainable and equitable economy in which both people and planet thrive.

Big Ideas@Berkeley

Big Ideas is an innovation ecosystem that provides training, networks, recognition and funding to interdisciplinary teams of students who have transformative solutions to real-world problems.

Biomolecular Nanotechnology Center

A cleanroom facility located in Stanley Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. The BNC is a unique fabrication and experimentation facility specializing in BioMEMS (Biomedical Micro-electromechanical systems) and Microfluidic devices.

Blockchain Xcelerator

Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator is the newest lab at the Center for Entrepreneurship in the School of Engineering. We launched to leverage the groundswell of blockchain activity on UC Berkeley's campus, and to invite global scholars and entrepreneurs into this tremendous ecosystem.

Blue Bear Ventures

Blue Bear Ventures (BBV) engages founders working on the frontiers of science and technology with the ambition to solve the most pressing challenges we face in the world today.

Blum Center Social Innovator OnRamp

The Blum Center for Developing Economies leverages the talent, enthusiasm, and energy of the Berkeley community to address the grand challenge of global poverty.

Bow Capital

Bow is a venture capital fund bridging the best of academia, business, and entertainment. We formed to leverage the discoveries of the University of California with the business potential of Silicon Valley.

Business Community Law Clinic

The clinic connects students with low-income entrepreneurs trying to start a new business, offering legal support to a diverse community of entrepreneurs in California’s East Bay and Central Valley.

CITRIS Foundry

CITRIS Foundry is embedded in UC Berkeley, a premier research university with global influence. Our startups come from the surrounding science and engineering programs — many of which rank top in the world.

CITRIS Invention Lab

The CITRIS Invention Lab supports faculty, student and community innovation by providing the knowledge, tools and support to rapidly design and prototype novel interactive products, embedded sensing systems and integrated mobile devices.

Cal Alumni Association

Get connected to the illustrious alumni of the UC Berkeley, get involved in the Berkeley community, or join the mission and become a Berkeley Changemaker.

Cal Founders

CalFounders is a forum for experienced alumni to have confidential and informative discussions about pressing business issues in a risk-free setting.

Cal Hacks

The world's largest collegiate hackathon. A nonprofit organization composed of students passionate about fostering a culture of hacking, entrepreneurship, and social good via the empowerment of technology. Their mission is to empower others with technology to create solutions to better the world.

Cal Hacks Fellowship

Fellowship is a semester-long idea accelerator that invites teams from Cal Hacks to continue building their project.

California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3)

The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) is one of four Governor Gray Davis Institutes for Science and Innovation established in 2000 to ensure the future of the California economy by promoting research and innovation.

Career Center

The Berkeley Career Center provides resources, networks, and guidance for Berkeley students through workshops, events and advising.

Cleantech to Market

Cleantech to Market (C2M)–the First Cleantech Accelerator–is a partnership between graduate students, startups, and industry professionals to help accelerate the commercialization of leading cleantech solutions. In the process, C2M also develops the next generation of innovative cleantech leaders.

Collider Projects

The Collider Cup is SCET's all-star showcase of the best student teams from every semester. Come watch teams pitch to panels of professors, investors and industry experts as they vie to win the grand prize, the Collider Cup!

Contrary Capital

Contrary is a venture fund that identifies the world’s top early-career engineers, designers, and product minds, connects them with a close-knit, career-long support community, and invests in companies they start or join.

Creative Ventures

Creative Ventures is a systematic deep tech venture capital firm. They invest in entrepreneurs commercializing advanced science and technology to address global secular trends in non-internet sectors.

Cyclotron Road

Cyclotron Road supports leading entrepreneurial scientists as they advance technology projects with the potential for global impact, collaborating with more than scientists, raising $150+ million in follow-on funding, and introducing new products across industries.

Dorm Room Fund

Dorm Room Fund is a student-run venture fund backed by First Round investing in startups where at least one person on the founding team is a student (undergraduate or graduate).

Double Bottom Line Ventures

DBL Partners was formed with a “Double Bottom Line” investment strategy to invest in companies that can deliver top-tier venture capital returns, while enabling social, environmental & economic improvement in the regions in which they operate.

Energy and Biosciences Institute Entrepreneurial Business Incubator (EBI2)

The Energy & Biosciences Institute provides industrial sponsors access to world-class, collaborative research facilities across the energy, chemical, material sciences, data sciences, engineering, and agriculture sectors.


Entrepreneurs@Berkeley provide a community for exchanging ideas, finding potential partners, understanding the start-up process, and nurturing the next Unicorn.

Free Ventures

Empowering the brightest founders in Berkeley, Free Ventures is Cal’s leading pre-seed startup accelerator.

Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology Innovations

The Fung Fellowship is a model of discovery education at UC Berkeley—an immersive undergraduate learning experience that inspires students to become innovators for social good.

Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

The Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership was launched in January 2010 and is headquartered at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering. The Fung Institute creates inclusive leaders who solve the world’s problems through innovation, technology, and collaboration across boundaries, in teaching, research, and service.

Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation

The Garwood Center offers customized forums within an Open Innovation network that engages across industries to expand markets. Their process builds on cutting-edge research to facilitate the formation of strategic alliances, partnerships & ecosystems, and create sustainable business models

Haas Impact Investing Network

The Center for Social Sector Leadership is defining a new generation of business leaders, a generation that understands and values the crucial role that nonprofit and public institutions play in the world’s increasingly collaborative economy.

Haas Venture Fellows

The Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program recognizes entrepreneurial leaders who contribute to the robust startup ecosystem at UC Berkeley.


Handshake uses cutting edge technology to help Berkeley students more easily connect with employers and source jobs, internships, event information, and On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) opportunities.

House Fund

The House Fund is a pre-seed and early-stage Venture Capital fund for Berkeley's boldest startups.

I School Innovators

The Innovators Fund is designed not only to fuel near-term innovation among incoming classes of students, but to create a cycle of philanthropic re-investment in the School of Information.


The Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances (IPIRA) has the mission of enhancing the research enterprise of the world's best public university by establishing multifaceted collaborations with companies.

Initialized Capital

Initialized Capital helps more founders build startups at the earliest possible stage than most anyone you'll meet. They're founders and builders here to help others create and scale transformative companies

Ironfire Ventures

Ironfire Ventures invests in startups from seed to series B in the categories of Artificial Intelligence, Lifestyle and Frontier Technology.

Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation is UC Berkeley’s interdisciplinary hub for learning and making at the intersection of design and technology.

Javelin Venture Partners

Javelin Venture Partners was founded by entrepreneurs. We draw on our entrepreneurial roots to help the next generation of founders build world-changing companies

Kapor Capital

Kapor Capital are an Oakland-based fund that understands that startup companies have the ability to transform entire industries and to address urgent social needs as they do so.


LAUNCH is the University of California’s leading accelerator, designed to transform early-stage startups into fundable companies.


Learn2Launch is held each Spring, admitting a limited numbers of international graduate students are accepted to the program, allowing a rich learning environment and frequent one-on-one instruction and mentoring opportunities.

Life Science Angels

Life Science Angels is a not-for-profit corporation with 130-150 accredited investor members, 12-18 highly qualified Fellows, and 12-15 Sponsor organizations.

ME Student Machine Shop

The Mechanical Engineering Department Student Machine Shop provides engineering students with a well-equipped, safe working environment in which those students can design and manufacture their projects for engineering classes, research, and vehicle and team competition through on-site technical guidance.

Management, Entrepreneurship & Technology Program

The Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology program at the College of Engineering and the Haas School of Business at Berkeley is a fully integrated, two-degree undergraduate program that accelerates your education.

Marvell Nanolab

The Marvell NanoLab, located in the CITRIS headquarters building, Sutardja Dai Hall, is a shared research center providing more than 100 Principal Investigators and over 500 academic and industrial researchers a complete set of micro- and nano-fabrication tools.

Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp

The Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp is hosted at the University of California, Berkeley campus. The event has speakers and mentors guide students and professionals through a curriculum designed to help them become nuclear innovators.

Osage University Partners

Osage Ventures invests in startups developing pioneering technologies in partnership with the top research institutions in the US and abroad.

Pear VC

Pear VC supports students to build the next wave of category-defining companies by investing up to 200,000 dollars in the best startups.

Quark Ventures

Established in 2015, Quark Venture LP is a venture capital investment firm focused on equity financing of innovative biotechnology and health sciences companies with breakthrough technology platforms and projects.


The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization.

Sand Hill Angels

Sand Hill Angels (SHA) makes seed-stage investments in disruptive, scalable technologies to build profitable businesses.

Sigma Eta Pi

Sigma Eta Pi is UC Berkeley’s premier co-ed entrepreneurship fraternity. Our mission is to transform individuals into starters who follow their passion, develop lasting relationships, and create value through innovative pursuits.

Signatures Innovation Fellows

The Signatures Innovation Fellows Program supports innovative research by UC Berkeley researchers in the data science and technology areas with a special focus on projects that hold commercial promise.

SkyDeck Hotdesk Incubator

SkyDeck programs support education for UC Berkeley students through internships, professional development, and opportunities for students to learn about startup creation and launch. HotDesk startups are typically companies that are too early stage for the cohort program, or are founded by students or faculty.


StEP is a 10-week entrepreneurship program for early-stage founders and people interested in entrepreneurship.

Startup@Berkeley Law

Startup@BerkeleyLaw delivers dynamic programming for law students, entrepreneurs, and investors on current and emerging issues facing early-stage companies – delivering cutting-edge legal training for aspiring startup lawyers while enabling entrepreneurs at Berkeley and beyond.

Strawberry Creek Ventures

An Alumni Ventures Group Fund and Community for UC Berkeley alumni & friends. Smart, simple Venture Capital portfolios.

Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology

The Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology is the premier institution at UC Berkeley for the study and practice of entrepreneurship and technology innovation.

Synthetic Biology Institute

The Synthetic Biology Institute at UC Berkeley (SBI) is working to make the engineering of new complex function in cells vastly more efficient, reliable, predictable, and safe.

The House Residency

The House Residency is an accelerator program built to provide Berkeley students, faculty, and alumni with what they need, when they need it, to turn a startup into a scaleable, venture backable business.

UCB Startup Fair

The UCB Global Startup Fair offers Berkeley students a unique opportunity to discover and interact with small tech companies that typically rely on personal connections for hiring.

Venture Capital Investment Competition

With the UC Berkeley Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC), you’ll assess real investment opportunities in early stage companies by watching company pitches, conducting due diligence and negotiating investments with real Bay Area entrepreneurs.

Venture Strategy Solutions

Venture Strategy Solutions believe young and aspiring entrepreneurs have valuable and innovative perspectives that drive everlasting impact within the current startup landscape.

Ventus Partners

Ventus Partners are a hands-on silicon-valley advisory firm that was founded by operational executives with decades of experience in creating high performing organizations and new businesses across multiple high tech sectors.

Walden VC

Walden Venture Capital targets Sprout Stage™ investments. They seek to back teams that have created products or services with mass-market potential and have already demonstrated a powerful underlying core technology, joyful user experience or have a keen sense of brand.


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