We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting Berkeley Entrepreneurship Week on campus from November 18th to November 22nd. We have partnered with Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Y-Combinator, and Alsop Louie Partners to bring founders to campus to inspire students to pursue entrepreneurial careers. Berkeley is close to Silicon Valley and San Francisco, but it has lagged behind its rival, Stanford in terms of entrepreneurship on campus. This event is an effort to showcase campus and Bay Area talent.
Berkeley Entrepreneurship Week will be a week of speaker panels every day from 7pm-9pm, concluding with a demo day featuring Berkeley affiliated startups. All events are open to students as well as the public. Students can drop their resume on the event website (www.berkeleyeweek.com) for opportunities to work at speaker and sponsor companies. Sponsors include Lightspeed Venture Partners, Shirts.io, Crowdtilt, Collegefeed, Spoonrocket, Y-Combinator, Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Alsop Louie Partners,The Foundry and Lester Center for Entrepreneurship.
The week begins on Monday, November 18th with a Founder Panel featuring a keynote speech from Quinn Slack(founder, Sourcegraph). Panelists include Alon Salant(founder, Good Eggs), Matt DeBergalis(founder, Meteor), Adam Ely (founder, Bluebox), Josh Buckley (founder, Minomonsters), and Anson Tusi (founder, Spoonrocket).
Tuesday kicks off with a Technology Leadership Panel featuring Dave Engberg (CTO, Evernote), Brandon Golm (Sr. Director Engineering, Eventbrite), and Jeff Burton (Executive Director, Skydeck).
Wednesday is a Social and Networks Panel, featuring Danae Ringelmann (founder, Indiegogo), Daniel Brusilovsky (Biz Dev & Growth, Ribbon), Sharran Deora (founder, Mounza), and Eric Chen (Partner, UJ Ventures).
Thursday is a Venture Capital Panel. Tentatively confirmed speakers include Sherjan Husainie (Associate, Google Capital), Joe Addiego (Partner, Alsop Louie Partners), and a top partner from Lightspeed Venture Partners.
Friday is Demo Day, with a keynote speech by Kevin Hale (Partner, Y-Combinator & Founder, Wufoo) and demos from campus startups, Outline, Dropsense, and Eko Devices. Judges include Lyon Wong (Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners), Ramesh Prabagaran (VP of Product, vlPtela), and Linda Maepa (CEO, ElectronVault Energy Systems).