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.

Berkeley Angel Network

An independent Angel network of alumni, faculty and former faculty of UC Berkeley. New investor inquiries are welcome. To apply for upcoming pitch sessions please refer to the For Entrepreneurs tab on the Berkeley Angel Network site.

Berkeley Career Center

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

Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

BCGC is advancing green chemistry through research, education and engagement.

Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (CUP)

Student teams receive extensive cleantech mentorships, 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 hosted by Spark Clean Energy.

Berkeley Connect

Campuswide program that pairs undergraduates with graduate student mentors to build communities around shared interests.

Berkeley Digital Media and Entertainment Club

Focuses on the intersection of digital media and entertainment, through mentoring and networking, a speaker series, industry site visits, and the >play Digital Media Conference.

Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association

The student run association helps equip members with the skills, networking, support, and knowledge necessary to launch or grow a venture.

Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum

Brings together 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 that promotes professional awareness, encourages academic growth, and organizes social activities; Berkeley’s century-old student branch co-produces the UCB Startup Fair.

Berkeley Innovation

Design group for students from a range of disciplines that offers hands-on experience with the design process.

Berkeley Startup Cluster

Events, networking and community resources for entrepreneurs and companies in the Berkeley area. The BSC is led by representatives of the City of Berkeley, the Downtown Berkeley Association, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, and UC Berkeley.

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

Big Ideas @ Berkeley

Annual innovation contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have big idea 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.

Catalyst@Berkeley

New 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

6-month incubator for applied technology startups provides $5,000+ in seed funding, workspace in the CIRTIS Invention Lab, and mentorship to startups developing disruptive solutions for society’s pressing needs. Prototype required.

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 Foundry@CITRIS and membership is open to the entire UC Berkeley community.

CITRIS Mobile App Challenge

A semester-long competition that encourages teams of UCB students to develop innovative mobile apps for today’s most pressing societal needs. Students design, prototype and pitch their apps through a rigorous 3-month process, culminating in a selection process with prizes and a Demo Day.

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, L&S, and Haas; DeCal courses give students chances to both learn and teach.

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. 

Delta Prize

2.5-month mentoring program includes workspace, access to a broad network of advisors and mentors, and up to $15,000 in seed funding. Teams must have a minimum viable product and some measurable validation with the singular goal of preparing new ventures to be investor-ready.

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 startup incubator, providing resources and a framework to build ideas into companies.

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 also archives useful entrepreneurial articles and information, and 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. Free summer course offered through Berkeley-Haas, as well as 3-credit EECS course.

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. 

Pear UC Berkeley Challenge

Seed-stage investment firm Pear will invest $250,000 in a startup founded by UC Berkeley students, faculty, or alumni who graduated within the past five years.

primeUC

2-4 events per year, rotating between Life Sciences and Engineering, with seed funding awarded to the most promising start-ups emerging from the University of California. Each primeUC event will bring together 20 startup finalists to network with seed investors, and will provide prize money for the winners.

Product Development Program (PDP)

A graduate-level degree program whose central aim is to fill the unmet need for graduates of chemical engineering and related disciplines who have knowledge and field experience in the complex process of transforming technical innovations into commercially successful products. In the space of one calendar year, PDP graduates will gain exposure to real-world product development practices in a range of chemical process-intensive industries including biotechnology, microelectronics, nanoscience and consumer products.

QB3 Incubator Network

QB3 incubators provide biotech startups with access to rental laboratory space. The network includes the QB3 Garage@Berkeley, the QB3 Garage@UCSF, QB3@953, and several affiliated incubator facilities.

QB3-CLSA Accelerator

Helps pre-commercial biotech startups achieve operational excellence while allowing them to focus on commercializing their discoveries

Sigma Eta Pi

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

Signatures Innovation Fellows

Supports innovative research by UC Berkeley faculty and researchers in the data science and software areas with a special focus on projects that hold commercial promise.

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.

Special Events in Entrepreneurship

This event series (formerly the Entrepreneurial Best Practices Series) features practitioners from the UC Berkeley and Silicon Valley communities who come to Berkeley-Haas to speak about the practical aspects of entrepreneurial activity.

Startup@Berkeley

Connecting students to the broader campus ecosystem as well as to mentors, speakers, and entrepreneurial thought leaders in the East Bay, San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Startup@BerkeleyLaw

Startup@BerkeleyLaw is a collaboration between the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy 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.

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

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

Inspirational presentations from world-leading thinkers, makers, and doers at Berkeley to “Rethink. Redefine. Recreate.”

UCB Startup Fair

Student-run startup fair attracts 700 students each semester, has limited space for tabling, and offers a résumé book.

VC Connect (formerly Venture Capital Roundtable)

An annual celebration and networking opportunity for UC Berkeley students, UC Berkeley network entrepreneurs, and the VC/Angel Investor community.

View from the Top

A lecture series bringing distinguished leaders in technology and industry to the College of Engineering. Lectures take place in the Sibley Auditorium.