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Global Innovation Collider

The Global Innovation Collider is the international academic partners program at the Sutardja Center. Select universities are chosen on an annual basis for a three year partnership that allows the institution to collaborate with the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) in the following ways:

  • Engagement with SCET faculty and graduate students.
  • Participation in SCET events held on the Berkeley campus.
  • Knowledge transfer and education in the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMoE) through opportunities to attend courses (on a non-credit basis) in Entrepreneurship Awareness, Games for Entrepreneurial Behavior Development, Experiential Learning with Project Courses and Venture Lab Projects, and Coordination with the Venture Acceleration activities at Berkeley.
  • Bi-directional information exchange, in areas of Entrepreneurship and Technology, including the opportunity to send one to four (1-4) visiting scholars or professors to SCET annually.
  • Access to high-end collaboration space (approximately 2500 sq. ft.)
  • Access to and/or collaboration in SCET-led research projects and training programs hosted by the SCET.

Our global partners program helps academic institutions:

  • Start or advance an entrepreneurship program
  • Commercialize discoveries
  • Connect with Silicon Valley culture
  • Learn entrepreneurship teaching methods

The partnership program has a maximum of 10 participating universities each year. Goals vary for each institution. Some of these institutions send faculty to learn the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship in order to build upon new teaching models in their own locations. Others send new venture teams to learn from and network in the Silicon Valley ecosystem. Additionally, each partner can benefit from learning from other global partners as part of the larger network.

The Philippines was the first Global Partner to be represented at Berkeley through a relationship with the non-profit organization PhilDev. Chief Scientist and Founding Director, Ikhlaq Sidhu, states, “It is our hope that each University can leverage the UC Berkeley ecosystem and that we can support their own, unique, plans to develop globally innovative programs.”


The partner institutions selected for this program by UC Berkeley will jointly contribute to this new model for Global Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Research Partners

University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres, and a self-governed community of scholars. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known world-wide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students, as well as the world-class original research carried out by the staff of the University and the Colleges.

#7 University in the World -- U.S. News

#9 University in the World by Top 1% Citation -- CWTS Leiden

Tsinghua University

Since China opened up to the world in 1978, Tsinghua University has developed at a breathtaking pace into a comprehensive research university. At present, the university has 14 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art. The University has now over 25,900 students, including 13,100 undergraduates and 12,800 graduate students. As one of China’s most renowned universities, Tsinghua has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research.

#1 University for Engineering in the World -- U.S. News

#17 University in the World by Citation -- CWTS Leiden

ETH Zurich

At ETH Zurich, students discover an ideal environment for independent thinking, researchers a climate which inspires top performance. Situated in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, ETH Zurich is pioneering effective solutions to the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

#5 University in Europe -- U.S. News

21 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to researchers who have or had a connection with ETH Zurich.

Program Partners

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

UNIST is a warm and welcoming post-secondary institution located in the heart of Korea’s largest industrial city, Ulsan, South Korea. Since its opening in 2009, UNIST has truly become one of the world’s leading science and technology universities. UNIST aims to be ranked within the top 10 Science and technology universities by 2030.

#7 University in South Korea -- U.S. News

Shantou University

Shantou University, a key comprehensive university under the provincial Project 211 program in Guangdong, was founded in 1981. It aims to offer a platform for the exploration of higher educational reform in China, and places high value on innovation, creation and entrepreneurship.

56 Partner Universities Globally.

Philippine Development Foundation

PhilDev is a non-profit working to spark long-term economic growth in the Philippines through strengthening the existing education system, fostering innovation and building an entrepreneurship ecosystem.  The institution was formed by Dado Banatao to improve the lives of filipinos. 

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Federal University of Minas Gerais

Founded in 1927, UFMG is a federal university located in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. UFMG is one of Brazil's five largest universities. One of the greatest innovation centers in South America, in 2010, it was the Brazilian institution that filed for the largest number of patents.

#12 University in Latin America -- U.S. News

#7 University in South America by Collaboration -- CWTS Leiden

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

PUC Chille is one of six Catholic universities existing in the Chilean university system. It is one of Chile's oldest and most recognized educational institutions. Since it was created in 1888, PUC Chile has been a popular university in South America, and ranks 1st in South America by QS Rankings.

#5 University in Latin America -- U.S. News

#4 University in South America by International Collaboration -- CWTS Leiden

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University of Seville

The University of Seville (Universidad de Sevilla) is a university in Seville, Spain. Founded under the name of Colegio Santa María de Jesús in 1505, it has a present student body of over 65,000, and is one of the top-ranked universities in the country. Seville is the 2000-year-old artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Andalusia in southern Spain.

University of Valencia

The University of Valencia (Universitat de València) also known by the acronym UV, is a university located in the Spanish city of Valencia. It is one of the oldest surviving universities in Spain, and the oldest in the Valencian Community, and is regarded as one of Spain's leading academic institutions. The University was founded in 1499, and currently has around 55,000 students.

#5 University in Spain -- U.S. News

The Hague University of Applied Sciences

The Hague University of Applied Sciences is a higher education institution with its facilities located in the west of the Netherlands. Since its foundation in 1987, the university had expanded to four campuses and currently teaches to around 23,400 students, which study degrees that strongly fall into the fields of technology, innovation, management, ICT and media among others.

Technical University of Denmark

For almost two centuries DTU, Technical University of Denmark, has been dedicated to fulfilling the vision of H.C. Ørsted — the father of electromagnetism — who founded the university in 1829 to develop and create value using the natural sciences and the technical sciences to benefit society.

#25 University for Engineering in the World -- U.S. News

#6 University in the World by Industry Collaboration (2015) -- CWTS Leiden

Hong Kong Baptist University

HKBU encompasses eight Faculties/Schools offering a range of undergraduate programs, associate degree and higher diploma programs as well as taught postgraduate programs and research postgraduate programs leading to the award of master and doctoral degrees.  It prides itself on its dual focus on teaching and research and encourages service to society among its staff and students. 

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) aims to cultivate business leaders with a global vision, a humanistic spirit, a strong sense of social responsibility and an innovative mind-set. Established in Beijing in November 2002 with generous support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, CKGSB is an independent, non-profit business school.