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.