Programs in Entrepreneurship


NEWS: A New Focus and a New Look for Entrepreneurship

Berkeley-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.

Berkeley-Haas will pool a variety of resources from across the Haas School to integrate entrepreneurial thinking throughout the Haas student experience under a new umbrella organization, called the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program (BHEP).

NEWS: A New Initiative to Support Entrepreneurship in the Middle East

The Institute welcomes its newest program: The Center for Entrepreneurship and Development in the Middle East is a novel initiative to conduct research, publish educational material, hold conferences, and offer actionable policy recommendations on the promotion and sustenance of entrepreneurship and development.

Click here to visit the website of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Development in the Middle East.

Click here to visit the website of the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program.

The Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program sponsors three speaker series open to members of the community as well as students, faculty and staff at UC Berkeley:

The Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum is a presentation held during the academic year featuring a networking hour followed by a presentation on a topic of interest to entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and members of supporting professional organizations. There is a fee for this program, and annual memberships are available. (Presentations are available for on-line viewing approximately three weeks after the original event. See the Video Library.)

The Entrepreneurial Best Practices Series has been designed to help entrants to the UC Berkeley Startup Competition and the Global Social Venture Competition develop their business plan. However, its highly practical sessions are also open to the general public at no cost. There are no reservations and seats are on a first come, first seated basis.

The Life as an Entrepreneur Speaker Series is held in the Fall on select Tuesday evenings at 5 PM, featuring distinguished entrepreneurs from organizations at various stages of development and representing a broad range of industries. Entrepreneurs discuss how their organizations were created and share the lessons they learned.

The Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program makes selected videos of sponsored events available for on-line viewing through our Video Library.

The Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program also works with Skydeck to create a nurturing atmosphere for start-up companies created by current and recent UC Berkeley students.
The Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program has teamed up with the Haas School’s Center for Executive Education to create programs that introduce the concepts of entrepreneurship and venture capital to the business community. For information about this course, as well as other relevant courses offered in collaboration with the Center for Executive Education, visit their website.

Once you have an entrepreneurial idea (or many!), there are a wide variety of paths you can take. Whether you are passionate about consumer IT solutions, social ventures, biotech, venture capital, or energy, the The Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program has a place for you to explore and meet like-minded entrepreneurs.