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How to Start a Startup @ UC Berkeley

Enroll now on Piazza to find potential co-founders, share best practices, discuss your entrepreneurial ideas, and stay updated about Sam Altman's CS183B class at Stanford. Weekly Berkeley meetups take place from 7 PM to 9 PM every Thursday in the Bridges Lounge in the Bechtel Engineering Center. Videos of the lectures, associated reading materials, and assignments are available on the course website.

Resources

Incubators

  • Free Ventures

    Semesterly student-run accelerator program for both undergraduate and graduate students. Participants receive 2 upper-division CS units, need-based funding, industry-specific mentorship, weekly workshops, and workspace.

  • SkyDeck

    Incubator program for UC Berkeley startups. Provides workspace, unique programming, speaker series, and mentorship. A collaboration between the College of Engineering, the Haas School of Business, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

  • The Foundry @ CITRIS

    Incubator program for grad and undergrad entrepreneurs focused on startups at the intersection of hardware and software. Provides seed funding, access to a rapid prototyping lab, and hands-on mentorship. Part of CITRIS.

  • Venture Lab

    Incubator program and resource center for undergraduate and graduate students. Provides workspace, personalized mentoring, and a community of student-entrepreneurs. Run by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.

Student Groups

  • Hackers@Berkeley

    Computer Science club with a focus on hacking and hackathons. Regularly holds hackathons, technical workshops, and office hours.

  • Computer Science Undergraduate Association

    Computer Science club open to all students interested in computer science. Holds a variety of both technical and social events throughout the year including hackathons, info sessions, social parties, and gaming nights.

  • Berkeley IEEE

    Electrical engineering student group. Holds technical workshops and infosessions throughout the year.

  • Berkeley Innovation

    Undergraduate human-centered design group. Members come from a wide range of disciplines, but share a love of design thinking and innovation. Provides hands-on experience with the entire design process, from conducting user research to building and marketing prototypes. Holds designathons.

  • Innovative Design

    Student club for graphic designers and photographers. Conducts a DeCal and holds workshops covering a broad range of design topics.

Entrepreneurship Associations

  • Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association

    Entreprenurship association providing a variety of resources to members. Writes a weekly newsletter featuring job postings. Hosts both formal and informal events.

  • Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneurs Program

    Entrepreneurship association for the postdoctoral and graduate communities. Provides tools, mentoring, and a platform for science-business communication to encourage research innovations to move into the marketplace.

  • CalFounders

    Entrepreneurship association for UC Berkeley alumni. Holds members-only meetings which serve as an informal advisory board for each entrepreneurs' independent companies.

Competitions

Fellowships & Fratenities

Entrepreneurship Centers

Funding Resources

These organizations have an active presence on campus through associate programs or direct involvement.

  • Alsop Louie Partners

    Early-stage venture capitalist firm investing in disruptive technology and media startups.

  • Bee Partners

    Seed-stage venture capitalist firm investing in new media startups and other Berkeley companies.

  • Dorm Room Fund

    Student-run branch of First Round Capital investing up to $20k in student startups.

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