Resources for Investors and Ecosystem Partners

Sponsorships offer flexible, targeted opportunities to support innovators at Berkeley and build ongoing relationships with the university’s many programs, groups, and researchers in the discovery pipeline.

Support from private contributions also catalyzes innovation activities on campus. Sponsorships fund competitions, projects, entrepreneurs, and ideas, and help Berkeley faculty and students chart maps to success.

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities by reviewing the links below, or contact us for more information.

 

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 Institute for Data Science (BIDS)

An ambitious cross-sector partnership to enable the advancement of the state-of-the-art in data science. This major initiative focuses on several levers to enhance research, methodologies and education, and will support numerous faculty, post-docs, graduate students and community activities.

Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurs Program (BPEP)

BPEP provides the postdoc and graduate community with tools, mentoring, and a platform for science/industry interaction to enable research innovations to move into the marketplace.

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.

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 CITRIS Invention Lab, and mentorship to startups developing disruptive solutions for society’s pressing needs.

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.

Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation (Haas)

A world-wide ecosystem of Open Innovation experts, practitioners, firms, and academics.

Global Social Venture Competition

A global competition that provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and over $80,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into ventures that will address the world's most pressing challenges. Teams from across the globe learn how to design scalable models through a process that emphasizes stakeholder discovery, business innovation, and social impact assessment.

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.

Intellectual Property & Industry Research Alliances (IPIRA)

Establishes and maintains multifaceted relationships between Berkeley researchers and private companies, including sponsored research collaborations and intellectual property commercialization. IPIRA reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research and consists of two peer divisions: the Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), and the Industry Alliances Office (IAO).

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. LAUNCH helps companies build out their teams, protect IP, connect with industry experts, get minimum viable products into customers’ hands, prove their scalable business model, pitch to investors, and become fundable.

QB3

QB3 is the University of California's hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in life sciences. The institute supports UC researchers and empowers Bay Area entrepreneurs to launch startup companies and partner with industry.

RISElab (formerly AMPlab)

The RISELab aims to develop technologies that enable applications to interact intelligently and securely with their environment in real time.

Sigma Eta Pi

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

SkyDeck

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. 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.

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.

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.

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