Resources for Berkeley Student Entrepreneurs

Students interested in starting their own companies or joining an early stage venture can draw on resources from across the campus. New groups, projects, and courses are created each year, constantly growing the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem at Berkeley.

 

Association of Chinese Entrepreneurs

Founded in 2012, ACE promotes student interest in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in China. ACE hosts events and learning opportunities, and collaborates with both US universities and Silicon Valley firms.

Bear Founders

A social network, exclusive to the Cal community, which allows members to connect with other students, alumni, faculty, organizations and startups to find opportunities within Cal-founded startups.

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 Career Center

Resources include on-campus recruiting, free jobs board, internships and externships, employer info sessions, resume books, career fairs, and employer partnerships.

Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

The mission of the BCGC is to bring about a generational transformation toward the design and use of inherently safer chemicals and materials. BCGC is building a novel academic program to advance green chemistry through interdisciplinary scholarship, which consists of faculty, researchers, and students in the College of Chemistry, School of Public Health, College of Engineering, College of Natural Resources, the Berkeley School of Law, and the Haas School of Business.

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 Connect

Part of the Division of Undergraduate Education, Berkeley Connect is an academic mentoring program that pairs undergraduate students with graduate student mentors to build communities around shared interests.

Berkeley Digital Media and Entertainment Club

Student group focused on creating a community for people to learn about and get involved with emerging trends at the intersection between digital media and entertainment.

Focused on creating a community for people to learn about and get involved with emerging trends at the intersection between digital media and entertainment, DMEC offers mentoring and networking events, speaker series, industry site visits, and the >PLAY Digital Media Conference.

Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association

Student run association that aims to equip members with the skills, network, support, and knowledge necessary to launch or grow a venture. BEA hosts events throughout the year with the goal of enriching the entrepreneurial spirit at UC Berkeley.

Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum

The Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum provides a gathering place for UC Berkeley students and the Bay Area community to meet with, and learn from, seasoned entrepreneurs.

Berkeley Entrepreneurship Week

Held in late November, Berkeley Entrepreneurship Week brings together students, alumni and community members for a series of networking events, pitches, demos and discussions geared to equipping students with the resources and connections to jumpstart their startup careers.

Berkeley IEEE Student Branch

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is an international organization with over 350,000 members. Established in 1912, UC Berkeley's IEEE student branch aims to promote professional awareness, encourage academic growth, and organize social activities within the EECS community.

Berkeley Innovation

Since 2003, BI is a design group that aims to connect Berkeley students to collaborative design innovation through education, practice, and thought leadership.

Berkeley Startup Cluster

Events, networking and community resources for entrepreneurs and companies in the Berkeley area. The BSC is a collaborative effort of the City of Berkeley's Office of Economic Development, the Downtown Berkeley Association, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, UC Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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.

Cal Hacks

Yearly hackathon for students interested in creating new software and hardware products. Lasts 36 hours and takes place in the fall semester.

Career Fairs

Fairs target various student populations and interests. Many fill up fast and require registration well in advance; some are by invitation only; fees vary.

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.

CITRIS Invention Lab

LEARN + BUILD + LAUNCH. The Invention Lab is a design and prototyping facility in Sutardja Dai Hall available for students, staff, faculty and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into prototypes. The lab works closely with the CITRIS Foundry and membership is open to the entire UC Berkeley community.

CleanTech 2 Market (C2M)

Part of the Energy Institute at Haas. Students, scientists, engineers, and professionals translate cleantech research in chemistry, biology, materials sciences, engineering, nanotechnology and other fields into market opportunities.

Computer Science Graduate Entrepreneurs

Fosters a thriving culture of entrepreneurship by collecting and transferring ideas, experience, and connections from generation to generation of entrepreneurial Berkeley alumni.

Computer Science Undergraduate Association

Hosts tech talks, hackathons, info sessions, CS workshops, LAN parties, and the biannual UCB Startup Fair.

Courses in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Many departments and colleges on campus offer undergraduate, graduate, and executive education courses on entrepreneurship and innovation, including Engineering, I-School, Law and Haas.

CSUA Weekly Hack+

Sundays at 4pm in the Wozniak Lounge in Soda Hall. Snacks provided. Occasionally sponsored by startups and industry leaders.

Cyclotron Road

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

Data Science at Berkeley

The first and only professional Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) delivered fully online, by Berkeley's prestigious School of Information. 

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.

EECS Events

From tech talks to career info sessions, the EECS calendar is packed with events and resources for students, scholars, and alumni.

Eta Kappa Nu

The Berkeley chapter of the national electrical and computer engineering honor society provides academic services, offers a résumé book, and co-produces the UCB Startup Fair.

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.

Haas Venture Fellows

Focused on connecting MBA students to the VC community through hands-on projects, HVF is involved in several entrepreneurial activities and events on campus.

Hackers @ Berkeley

Hackers @ Berkeley teaches coding skills, facilitates partnerships, and promotes projects to support a culture of creation at Berkeley.

Internships and Externships

The Career Center manages a robust externship program and hosts several internship-focused résumé books and fairs.

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.

Learn2Launch

An intensive, hands-on program for international graduate students.  The semester-long curriculum combines lectures, workshops, field trips, and discussions with renowned Berkeley faculty, and guest lectures. 

Master of Engineering (MEng) Program

For those with technical backgrounds, the College of Engineering's Master of Engineering (MEng) one-year program combines breadth of topics in business and engineering management applied to depth of study in your technical concentration.

QB3

Specifically focused on life sciences, QB3 provides support and resources to entrepreneurs from incorporation to operation to growth.

Sigma Eta Pi

Berkeley's premier co-ed entrepreneurship fraternity. Offers members education, networking, and mentoring in the start-up ecosystem and venture process.

Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Brings together the leading researchers, as well as the next generation of outstanding young scholars, to explore deep unsolved problems about the nature and limits of computation, ultimately impacting major interdisciplinary challenges.

SkyDeck

6-month accelerator program for startups with launched products/tech and user traction. Provides workspace in downtown Berkeley and a practical, experience-based program to accelerate startups towards a position of strength for growth and survival in their market.

Startup@BerkeleyLaw

Startup@BerkeleyLaw is a collaboration between the Berkeley Center for Law and Business and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.  The program supports law students interested in the law surrounding entrepreneurship and provides legal education and services to the Berkeley startup community.

STEM Center for Undergraduate Diversity

STEM Scholars support each other in their academic and career paths. They engage in research, participate in professional development workshops, work collaboratively in academic study groups, and prepare for successful STEM careers and/or graduate school. Students welcome mentorship, internship and job opportunities, and/or partnerships with STEM innovators.

Student Groups

Cultivate recruiting and mentoring leads by connecting with student groups, including Computer Science Undergraduate Association, Computer Science Graduate Entrepreneurs, Sigma Eta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu.

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.

TEDxBerkeley

Annual event featuring inspirational presentations from world-leading thinkers, makers, and doers at Berkeley.

UCB Startup Fair

This student-run startup fair is a unique recruitment event that offers small companies a chance to speak directly to Engineering students without getting overshadowed by the big names. When combined with the Startup Fair resume book, companies get access to hundreds of potential candidates who are looking for a job or internship with the opportunity for growth that a startup provides.

VC Connect (Haas Venture Fellows)

An annual event and networking opportunity for Haas MBA students and the VC/Angel Investor community.

View from the Top (COE lecture series)

A College of Engineering lecture series featuring distinguished leaders in technology and industry.