Innovation/Entrepreneurship

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Highlights

Distribution of UCB startup companies, 2019; 43% Life Sciences, 22% Electronic & Hardware; 18% Information Technology, 9% Materials, 8% Cleantech & Energy

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. The campus continues to expand the dynamic ecosystem that fosters research and its translation into real world applications, including incubator and accelerator space on and off campus.

  • To date over 238 startup companies have been founded to commercialize IP rights under license from UC Berkeley attracting $1.6B in venture funding and $51M in SBIR/STTR grants between 2005-2013. 29 startups have had a successful exit via merger or acquisition, totaling in $8.1B in cash and stock options, while 66 Berkeley startups currently in the Bay Area employ 1,543 Californians & generate $195M in annual revenue.
  • The university’s total portfolio to date includes 16 patents, the largest CRISPR-Cas9 patent portfolio in the country.
  • A drug royalty, monetized for $87.5 million, helps fund biological research facilities, students, faculty recruitment and retention, and new initiatives.
  • According to several recent surveys UC Berkeley continues to be one of the leading universities to produce successful entrepreneurs. In 2018, Pitch Book ranked the top 50 universities that produced VC-backed entrepreneurs on a global basis — and for the fifth year in a row, UC Berkeley came in second among all research universities, before Harvard, MIT, Columbia and others.

Innovation

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. Last year the campus continued to expand the dynamic ecosystem that fosters research and its translation into real world applications. As of June 2018, UC Berkeley owned:

Total Active Inventions

1,568

Active License Agreements

307*

Active
US Patents

739

Active Foreign Patents

796

 

*Number does not include 102 copyright licenses (such as software licenses).

Developing Entrepreneurial Talent

According to several recent surveys UC Berkeley continues to be one of the leading universities to produce successful entrepreneurs. In 2018-19, 

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Pitch Book ranked the top 50 universities that produced VC-backed entrepreneurs on a global basis — and UC Berkeley is consistently ranked second among all research universities, before Harvard, MIT, Columbia and others.

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CrunchBase published a survey ranking UC Berkeley among the top five universities from which the most successful company founders in the US had graduated.

 

Companies Founded by UC Berkeley Faculty and Alumni

Steve Wozniak of Apple, Gordon Moore of Intel and Eric Schmidt of Goggle are among the many UC Berkeley alumni who have founded and run successful corporations. Other prominent companies founded by UC Berkeley affiliates:

 
Amyris Inktomi* Red Octane
Apple Intel Renaissance Technologies
BrightSource Kaiser Permanente Renovis*
Cadence Design Marvell Revolution Foods
Chernin Entertainment Mendel Biotechnology Rodarte
Chez Panisse National Semiconductor SanDisk
Chiron* NetApp Sun Microsystems*
Exelixis PowerBar Tesla
Gap Powerlight Corp.* Tularik*
Google Earth Red Envelope U.S Venture Partners

*Purchased by another company.

See 2014 - 2015 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Highlights.