Where Entrepreneurship & Technology Collide

UC Berkeley's Center for the study and practice of tech-centric entrepreneurship and innovation

The Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology is the premiere institution on the UC Berkeley campus for the study and practice of “technology-centric” entrepreneurship and innovation. Since 2005, SCET has created the foundation of Berkeley’s entrepreneurship ecosystem including SkyDeck, the Fung Institute, the Engineering Leadership Professional Program, Global Venture Lab, and an extensive ecosystem of Silicon Valley and Global partners.

SCET is also known for developing the Berkeley Method, an internationally recognized approach to teaching technology entrepreneurship for undergraduates, innovation for Ph.D. students, and technology firm leadership for professionals and executives. As part of the Berkeley Innovation ecosystem, SCET also collaborates closely with the Jacob’s Institute for Design, the Haas Business School, and CITRIS Foundry.

If you are interested in New Ventures or Innovation on the Berkeley campus or anywhere in the world, the Sutardja Center is the place to be. The Center is located within the College of Engineering of UC Berkeley and its academic home is the Department Industrial Engineering & Operations Research.


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With Ikhlaq Sidhu at the helm, the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology opens, offering one course to engineering undergraduates.

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Enrollment scales up to hundreds of undergraduates per year.

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The Venture Lab, an incubator for student start-ups, opens. While not taking an equity stake or providing seed funding, the Venture Lab offers guidance and mentoring on taking an idea to market, from developing a business plan to finding capital.

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The Global Venture Lab launches, bringing together entrepreneurship educators, researchers and practitioners from worldwide academic institutions.

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The center formulates a teaching curriculum that integrates depth in technical knowledge with breadth in management and business skills, leading to the launch of Berkeley Engineering’s Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership.

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The center launches the Engineering Leadership Professional Program, a Silicon Valley offering that prepares top-performing engineers for executive roles.

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SkyDeck, one of the first research university startup accelerators, opens in Berkeley, building on the Venture Lab’s model of fostering entrepreneurship through industry engagement.

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The center’s Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship gains international recognition as a successful model for teaching technology entrepreneurship.

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The naming of the Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology recognizes the cornerstone commitment of benefactors Pantas Sutardja and Ting Chuk.

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The Center moves into its new home at the California Memorial Stadium.

Gift from Pantas Sutardja and Ting Chuk Renames the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology


Berkeley Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology celebrated its 10-year anniversary today (April 21, 2015) by announcing a generous gift from Pantas Sutardja and Ting Chuk that will help hundreds more students invent products, start companies, and chart their course as industry innovators.

Global technology entrepreneurs themselves, the benefactors, both graduates of Berkeley Engineering, added a challenge grant to encourage matching gifts to the renamed Pantas and TingSutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology.

“We are profoundly grateful to Pantas and Ting for investing in the aspirations of our students,” said S. Shankar Sastry, Dean and Carlson Professor of Engineering. “Their generosity will magnify the impact of our students’ career paths by fostering entrepreneurial practice and by translating technological expertise into marketplace innovation.”

Founding Board of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology


The plaque reproduced above is in appreciation for the Center’s Founding Board, who developed the Center from its beginnings in 2005, including a founding team of Jon Burgstone, Stacey Lawson, Ikhlaq Sidhu, Dean Richard Newton, IEOR Chair Lee Schruben, and all the founding board members.  The Center has over time laid the foundation for the SkyDeck, the Fung Institute, Global Venture Lab, Engineering Leadership and Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and other major new activities of the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley.