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  • Berkeley alum Fiance launches $6m Fund

    Jeremy FianceJeremy Fiance, a 2014 UC Berkeley graduate, is amplifying the campus startup culture by launching the $6 million House Fund, the first venture capital fund focused on campus student, alumni and faculty startups.
    Read more.
    Visit the House Fund website.

  • Berkeley-Haas Advances in the VCIC

    VCICA Berkeley-Haas team took 1st place in the Silicon Valley Round of the Venture Capital Investment Competition! Kangaroo Capital beat Stanford and 4 other schools in the regionals—now they’re aiming for the $10K grand prize at the VCIC Global Finals at UNC in April. Read more.

  • First 10 Berkeley-Haas Startups Receive Seed Funding

    Rich LyonsThe $100,000 Dean’s Startup Seed Fund, created by Dean Rich Lyons and announced last October, provides grants to early-stage startups that include Berkeley-Haas students. The first ten $5,000 grants were awarded in December. Here are the stories of some of our student entrepreneurs. Read More.

  • Berkeley-Haas Ties to India Deepen

    Solomon DarwinBerkeley-Haas ties to India grew stronger last month as Solomon Darwin, executive director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, (pictured), presented President Pranab Mukherjee with an award for “outstanding global leader” in open innovation. Read more.

  • Startup Marketplace Matches MBA Students & UCSF Scientists

    UCSFSeven MBA students have participated in the newly launched Startup Marketplace, a pilot program that provides Berkeley MBA students with experience working with early-stage science startups. Qualified students express interest in the program and participate in a live online session—essentially a speed date—with UCSF faculty and scientists. The MBA students and scientists are then matched according to their expressed interests. Read more.

  • Why Entrepreneurs Don’t Lose

    Manso GustavoEntrepreneurs statistically fail more often than not, but new research suggests that the financial risk is not as great as previously thought, as failed entrepreneurs can return to the salaried workforce and recover their earnings quickly, according to research by Assoc. Prof. Gustavo Manso of the Finance Group at Berkeley-Haas. Read more.

  • Recap of Institute Activities for Summer and Fall 2015

    Maria CarkovicMaria Carkovic, Executive Director of the Institute for Business Innovation, provides a recap of the Institute’s activities: Read more.

  • Center for Entrepreneurship & Development in the Middle East joins the Institute

    Dariush ZahediThe Center for Entrepreneurship & Development in the Middle East, which supports research and education, hosts conferences, and offers policy recommendations, is now part of the Institute for Business Innovation. Founder and Director Dariush Zahedi, a native of Iran, has taught Middle East-related courses for Political Science, Political Economy, Peace and Conflict Studies, and the Boalt Hall School of Law. Read more. Visit the Center website.

  • A New Focus and a New Look for Entrepreneurship

    Dean LyonsBerkeley-Haas will strengthen entrepreneurship support for its students, including providing $100,000 in seed funding for Haas student startups this year, according to Dean Rich Lyons.In addition to seed funding, Berkeley-Haas plans to enhance its offerings for both MBA and undergraduate students who wish to learn more about entrepreneurship, or are already working at startups or founding their own companies. Read more. Visit the new website.

  • Tusher Center to Study Intellectual Capital Management

    David KapposAt a conference on July 14 titled “Intellectual Property Issues in a Global Context: Management & Policy Concerns”, the Institute launched a new center to address the vibrant, complex field of intellectual capital management. David Kappos, former Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, was a keynote speaker.
    Read more. See conference videos.

  • When ‘innovation’ means rule-breaking

    Dave RochlinThe Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Haas@Work executive director Dave Rochlin, examining the rule-breaking aspects of “sharing economy” companies such as Uber, and the exploitation of “gray market” business opportunities created by skirting regulation. Read more.

  • The Rise of Big Data at Haas

    Prof. La BlancProf. Greg La Blanc is introducing a new course, Data Science/Data Strategy, centered on data science techniques, corporate data strategies and business models built around data. The class is already full, with 60 full-time and 60 part-time MBA students enrolled. La Blanc has worked with Haas Data Science Club members to organize a speaker series featuring industry practitioners.
    Read more. See the lecture series page.