Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology

The Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (CET) is an academic center within UC Berkeley College of Engineering. Established in 2005, CET's mission has been to equip engineers and scientists with the skills to innovate, productize, and commercialize technology in the global economy. A strategic initiative under the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, CET teaches the latest topics in entrepreneurship and innovation through educational programs, research, and strong industry participation, promoting internationally recognized methodologies such as the Lean Startup Process and the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurial Education. Recognizing UC Berkeley's unique role as the flagship public university and its charter to promote model citizenship, CET explicitly instills an ethos of "Pay It Forward" among its students, faculty, and alumni, ensuring that all participants of the program become active mentors to the next generation of student entrepreneurs. CET supports the development of startups through partnerships with incubators in industry and the Berkeley Skydeck.

Director
Ikhlaq Sidhu
Email
sidhu@berkeley.edu
Telephone
(510) 664-4336
Staff contact
Ken Singer
Email
scet-ops@berkeley.edu
Telephone
(510) 666-3735
Mailing address

130 Richard C. Blum Hall East, Berkeley, CA 94720-5580, 510-664-4337

Featured in the Media

Please note: The views and opinions expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of the campus.
September 17, 2018
Sarah Gonser

Not teaching about blockchain technology "would be equivalent to ignoring internet technology when it emerged 25 years ago," industrial engineering and operations research professor Ikhlaq Sidhu and co-author Alexander Fred-Ojala recently wrote in a paper called "Future of Blockchain -- A Berkeley Perspective." Professor Sidhu is founding director and chief scientist at Berkeley's Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, and Fred-Ojala is research director of the center's Data Lab.They're quoted in a story about universities that are ramping up courses and research related to the mysterious and quickly evolving technology behind bitcoin. Berkeley's efforts are the story's focus. One such course, taught by visiting professor and former venture capitalist Po Chi Wu, focuses on blockchain entrepreneurship. Noting the difficulty of developing blockchain programs, he says: "Academics feel a lot of pressure to maintain their status as 'world-class experts' in some narrowly defined field. ... Just keeping up with the advances in their field is challenging enough and demands all their time and energy." Professor Sidhu agrees: "You can't expect universities to be out ahead on all these topics. ... It takes so long for everyone to get that there's something going on, by the time they all get it, it's irrelevant and not the thing that should be taught anymore." Fred-Ojala says: "Here's where we can help. ... We can show [students] the challenges and opportunities, give them access to resources, and then encourage them to solve the problem on their own."