Berkeley Founders' Pledge

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Berkeley Founders' Pledge Connects Cal Entrepreneurs, Makes Giving Back Easier

Berkeley alumni have fueled wave after wave of innovation. From Gordon Moore and Andy Grove’s earliest chips at Intel to Steve Wozniak’s history-changing invention of the personal computer with Apple, a Berkeley education has been at the core of Silicon Valley’s most revolutionary technologies and business models.

These pioneers have given back to Berkeley as contributors and advisers. We invite you to join this philanthropic tradition at the earliest stage of your entrepreneurial ventures.

With the Berkeley Founders’ Pledge, you signal your commitment to make a personally meaningful gift to Cal through your equity in a startup. Your gift is made in the future, if and when the company experiences a liquidity event. Your pledge is nonbinding, and you can direct your gift to any area of campus you choose.

We’ll help you explore an amazing array of possibilities for your philanthropy to truly make a difference at Cal.

As thanks for your commitment to Berkeley, each Founders’ Pledge member will have a personal Campus Navigator who can:

  • develop resources and experiences for your needs and interests
  • help arrange access to the Cal Startup Network, a résumé database managed by the Cal Career Center
  • offer tailored recommendations for recruiting on campus
  • source opportunities for you to connect with faculty, students, and alumni