Innovation/Entrepreneurship

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UC Berkeley has a long legacy of innovations and leaders that have created groundbreaking products, revolutionary companies, and entirely new industries. The university plays a critical role in California’s economy and the contributions of our entrepreneurs have a global reach.

The university's first chief innovation and entrepreneurship officer (CIEO), Rich Lyons, began his term January 1, 2020. The creation of the CIEO position was one of many recommendations that came out of the Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley report, a study to examine the opportunities to strengthen our innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. The campus continues to expand the dynamic ecosystem that fosters research and its translation into real world applications. Numerous programs that are deeply integrated into the research, educational and service activities of the university help incubate, accelerate and expand tech transfer and a strong pipeline of start-ups. The following programs and centers, among others, help bridge the gap between lab and marketplace. You can also review a directory here and find a one-page overview of innovation and entrepreneurship programs here.

Selected Programs

IPIRA
IPIRA UC Berkeley
The Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances (IPIRA) provides a "one-stop shop" for industry research partners to interact with the campus.
Bakar Fellows
Bakar Fellows
The Bakar Fellows Program fosters faculty entrepreneurship in the STEM+ fields to help turn ground-breaking discoveries and innovations into commercial solutions.
Signatures Innovation Fellows
Signatures Fellows UC Berkeley
The Signatures Innovation Fellows Program supports researchers working on innovations that hold commercial promise in the data science and software areas.
Skydeck
Skydeck UC Berkeley
Located in downtown Berkeley, Skydeck is a research university startup accelerator that fosters entrepreneurial excellence among UC Berkeley company founders.
Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program
Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program
The Lester Center at the Haas School of Business provides global education and innovation programs in entrepreneurship, venture capital and scalable startups.
Fung Institute
Fung Institute
The Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership prepares engineers and scientists to lead enterprises in industry, government and the non-profit sector.
QB3 for Startups
QB3
QB3's startup resources include the Bridge the Gap Fund, QB3 Startup in a Box program, the QB3 Incubator Network, and the QB3-BayBio Accelerator.
CITRIS Foundry
CITRIS
The CITRIS Foundry is a university accelerator for founders building deep technology companies.
Cleantech to Market
Cleantech to Market
Cleantech to Market (C2M) is a partnership between students, scientists, engineers, and professionals to translate cleantech research into market opportunities.
Biomanufacturing to Market
Biomanufacturing to Market
Biomanufacturing to Market brings students into collaborative projects with local East Bay start-ups, and medium and large sized firms in advanced manufacturing
BPEP
BPEP
The Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneurs Program (BPEP) aims to foster entrepreneurship in the UC Berkeley postdoctoral and graduate community.
Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology
Berkeley Method Of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 2016
The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology equips engineers and scientists with the skills to innovate, lead and productize technology in the global economy.
Berkeley Innovators
Berkeley Innovators event
Berkeley Innovators connects entrepreneurial alumni and friends to Cal's innovation ecosystem through events and other resources including philanthropy -- the Berkeley Founders' Pledge.
Big Ideas
Big Ideas Berkeley winner
Big Ideas@Berkeley is one of the oldest and most prominent student innovation award competitions featuring 10 contest categories open to graduate and undergraduate students.
Startup@BerkeleyLaw
Startup@BerkeleyLaw
Startup@BerkeleyLaw supports law students interested in the law surrounding entrepreneurship and provides legal education and services to the Berkeley startup community.