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Reimagine the future

Entrepreneurs reach further at UC Berkeley.

Berkeley offers entrepreneurs unparalleled education, top research centers, and a location at the heart of global innovation with access to Silicon Valley and San Francisco where Berkeley entrepreneurs can challenge convention to shape the future.

#1 undergraduate company count
#2 overall undergraduate program
#2 most entrepreneurs
#2 most capital raised by entrepreneurs
#1 most serial founders

— Pitchbook Universities Report, 2016-2017

“Entrepreneurs are not born. You develop these skills and you become entrepreneurial. That is literally what happens.”
Ikhlaq Sidhu, founder, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology

Develop the skills to shape the future

Faculty at UC Berkeley help students learn the methods, mindset, and skills necessary to start new companies. Courses enable students to gain practice with creating new products, pitching to investors, understanding business and talking to customers.

1. Identify a problem to solve

Many entrepreneurs begin their entrepreneurial journey by looking for a problem to solve — such as preventing asthma attacks before they occur.

There are many problems for entrepreneurs to work on [such as]. One place to learn how to understand needs and empathize with people is at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation which offers courses in design thinking and innovation to help entrepreneurs design solutions that meet people's needs.

2. Idea / Discovery

Berkeley entrepreneurs use cutting edge technologies to solve problems in ways that have never been tried before.

Or you might utilize the plethora of intellectual property that UC Berkeley has available to license through the Office of Technology Licensing (OTL).

Or maybe you've discovered something novel in the lab that you are sure could benefit many people.

Regardless, after you've found an innovative solution to a problem, it would be a good idea to check in with the Intellectual Property & Industry Resarch Alliances (IPIRA) to protect your idea.

3. Build a team

Once you've got an innovative idea or discovery, you will need friends to help you implement it. Increase your chances by recruiting teammates with a diverse backgrounds and skills.

Many Berkeley entrepreneurs meet teammates by taking an hands-on entrepreneurship courses at places such as the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, the Berkeley-Haas School of Business, and the Blum Center Social Innovator OnRamp.

Another way to meet future teammates is by participating in a competition, such as Cal Hacks, Big Ideas at Berkeley, Learn to Launch or Collider Projects.

4. Prototype

Do you have an innovative idea to solve problem that meets a real human need (for a large number of people)? (If not, return to Step 1).

Have you recruited a diverse team of individuals ready to help you make your idea into reality? (If not, return to Step 3).

[talk about mvp]

[Name places to prototype]

5. Pitch your idea / test


[no traction? - need to go back.. either to get more feedback or to pivot approach]

[ talk about Lean classes with Steve Blank]

[ Talk about i-corps]

6. Scale


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7. Impact