Entrepreneurs' Resources

Berkeley hosts several business and innovation competitions, and offers admission to several incubators and accelerators through competitive processes. These may be open to students, alumni, postdocs and other members of the Berkeley community. Please refer to each program's rules for entry requirements and deadlines.

 

Berkeley Angel Network

An independent group of accredited angel investors who are alumni, faculty and former faculty of UC Berkeley. New investor inquiries are welcome. See their website for information on applying to their pitch sessions.

Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (CUP)

Through the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) and sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), selected student teams will receive extensive cleantech mentorship, entrepreneurial training, and access to fabrication/prototyping spaces at UC Berkeley. Teams then compete for the $50,000 Berkeley CUP with winning teams advancing to the DOE’s Cleantech University Prize National Conference.

Berkeley-Haas Dean’s Startup Seed Fund

Provides $5,000 grants to early-stage startups involving current Haas students. Grants are intended for use in prototype development and customer discovery activities. 

Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program (BHEP)

Umbrella organization integrating entrepreneurial thinking throughout the Berkeley-Haas ecosystem. The central portal for Berkeley-Haas entrepreneurship courses, competitions, student groups, and events organized by Berkeley-Haas and The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship.

Big Ideas @ Berkeley

Big Ideas is an annual innovation contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have "big ideas" for solving pressing problems.

Catalyst@Berkeley

Student-run health tech incubator helps teams of undergraduate students develop technical skills and navigate the design process to develop viable prototypes and business plans to bring them to market.

CITRIS Foundry

The Foundry is a startup accelerator that helps early-stage startups refine their ideas, raise funding, and choose a market strategy. 12-month long program that provides funding, workspace in the CIRTIS Invention Lab, and mentorship to startups developing disruptive solutions for society’s pressing needs.

Cyclotron Road

Energy technology incubator and entrepreneurial R&D program at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory offering funding, collaboration, and commercialization support.

Dorm Room Fund

Student-run venture firm that invests in student-run companies. Provides seed funding, business and legal resources and connections to experiences mentors.

Foundation Capital Berkeley Founders Program

Winning teams receive up to $25K in seed funding and spend 3-6 months with Foundation Capital.

Free Ventures

UC Berkeley's student-run pre-seed startup incubator, crafting individualized paths for student founders across industries and academic backgrounds in a 3-month program.

Global Social Venture Competition

A global competition that provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into businesses that will have positive real world impact.

LAUNCH:  The UC Berkeley Startup Competition

Accelerator program and competition guides companies from validated product to fundable business, including training, networking, mentorship and cash awards. Geared toward startups that have participated in a Lean Launchpad course.

Lean LaunchPad (NSF I-Corps)

Class based on Lean Launchpad methodology  improves startups' chances of getting sizable, non-dilutive SBIR grants.

Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET)

UC Berkeley's premiere institution for the study and practice of "technology-centric" entrepreneurship and innovation. Programs include undergraduate and graduate student certificate programs, bootcamps, public lectures, and competitions.

Venture Capital Investment Competition

Current UC Berkeley students (graduate or undergraduate) compete in teams of five. VCIC gives students the opportunity to act as investors in early stage companies – evaluating business ideas, conducting due diligence, and negotiating investments – all with real entrepreneurs.