Programs in Entrepreneurship


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

The Institute welcomes its newest program: The AMENA Center 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. The AMENA (Asia, Middle East, and North Africa) Center for Entrepreneurship and Development leverages the strengths of the University of California at Berkeley to alleviate the region’s entrepreneurship, innovation, intra-preneurship, skills, and gender gaps. Click here to visit the website.

Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Programs

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

Mentoring Hours

Students and alumni have the opportunity to schedule 20-minute sessions with some of the Bay Area’s top entrepreneurs, VCs and attorneys through our Mentoring Hours program.  We have over 50 mentors who generously donate their time to help students with their business ideas in person or via Skype. Read more.

Startup Seed Funding

The Dean’s Startup Seed Fund provides $5,000 grants to early stage start ups involving Haas students. The grants are intended for use in prototype development and customer discovery activities. These awards provide critical funding for high risk, high reward projects that best embody the Berkeley Haas Defining Principle to Question The Status Quo. Read more.


Berkeley-Haas faculty offer a wide range of entrepreneurship courses with an emphasis on Lean Launch methods and extending to specialized social impact and technical areas. Courses are geared both to students interested in an introduction to entrepreneurship and those who want in-depth immersion in the three phases of the entrepreneurial journey: ideation and team formation, customer discovery and validation, and startup acceleration. Read more.


The Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program supports three premier startup competitions at Berkeley-Haas:

LAUNCH: The University of California’s Startup Accelerator The marquee entrepreneurship event at UC Berkeley (more)
The Venture Capital Investment Competition allows students to apply the art and science of venture investing (more)

Click here for a summary of all competitions.

Student Clubs

There are a wide variety of Student Clubs and Activities oriented to entrepreneurship, both at the Haas School and on campus. These clubs offer many special events and also provide leadership opportunities for students. Club activities are an excellent opportunity for networking and team building. Read more.

Skydeck Accelerator

Skydeck is a joint venture among UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, Haas School of Business, and the Vice Chancellor for Research Office and the world’s premier University-affiliated accelerator. Skydeck’s goal is to foster entrepreneurial excellence through personalized and specialized engagement to our UC Berkeley teams.

SkyDeck combines the consulting know-how of traditional accelerators with the vast resources of our research university. This robust partnership, coupled with SkyDeck’s unique mentorship program, gives startups the opportunity not only to grow their businesses, but also to launch and compete with industry leaders. Read More.

Executive Education

Our faculty partner with UC Berkeley’s Center for Executive Education (CEE) to offer courses in entrepreneurship and venture capital. Learn from our world-class faculty including Toby Stuart, Andre Marquis, Jerry Engel, David Charron, Drew Isaacs and more. Read More.

Get Involved

Once you have an entrepreneurial idea, 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, we have a place for you to explore and meet like-minded entrepreneurs.

Get Involved: Join our Mailing List. Attend an Event. Read our Scalable Startups blog. Visit our Facebook or Twitter pages.