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Free Ventures Demo Day: From Seed to Startup

By Meghana Krishnakumar | May 18, 2017

On May 2nd, 2017, Free Ventures hosted its semi-annual Demo Day showcasing six startups at The House near UC Berkeley. Unlike past semesters, this year’s Demo Day was closed to the general public to allow Berkeley students, investors, mentors and … Read More

Why You Should Learn Data-X

By Meghana Krishnakumar | May 17, 2017

This semester, The Sutardja Center created a new course, Data-X, which allowed students to team up to tackle technically complex problems. In the course, students identified real-world problems, collected data, and created applications to find solutions. Click on the picture … Read More

Engineered Influence: Weak Data, Machine Learning & Behavioral Economics

By Shomit Ghose | May 17, 2017

This article is will be published in the 2017 Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology’s annual journal AIR (Applied Innovation Review) in June 2017. You can see the 2016 version here. Shomit Ghose is a UC Berkeley alum and mentor, … Read More

Students serve up next generation plant-based seafood

By Keith McAleer | May 17, 2017

On May 3rd, Team Dory (Kimberlie Le and Joshua Nixon) cooked up a flaky, fatty, fishy plant-based salmon to win the plant-based seafood collider finals. The challenge for this collider was to develop a roadmap for a company selling plant-based … Read More

Data-X: An Experimental Course Model that is Working

By Ikhlaq | May 8, 2017

I’d like to start by congratulating all the teams that participated in our first Data-X course this spring. We just watched the final presentations, and it has been a great experience. Three months ago, we were just introducing the basic … Read More

This Summer: Join students in Jordan to Startup with Purpose

By Danielle Vivo | May 1, 2017

  Startup with Purpose is an exciting fast-paced entrepreneurship program aimed at promoting technological innovation through collaboration between young entrepreneurs from around the world. This summer, we are hosting a 9-day bootcamp at King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan, from July … Read More

The O-1 Visa for Individuals of Extraordinary Ability

By Nadia Yakoob | May 1, 2017

At the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, we welcome many international students to our programs. But what happens after graduation? Our thanks to SCET mentor Nadia Yakoob for contributing the article below to help students understand options for staying … Read More

What’s New in Zealand

By Ikhlaq | May 1, 2017

I just got back from New Zealand two weeks ago. It is amazing what is happening there in the area of entrepreneurship and innovation. My role has been to participate in a committee that can allocate up to $30M per … Read More

John Hanke: Google Maps and Pokémon Go

By Ani Vahradyan | May 1, 2017

This week, students in the A. Richard Newton Lecture Series had the opportunity to hear a fireside chat with John Hanke—a Cal grad and CEO of Niantic, which produced the wildly popular app Pokémon Go—moderated by Dr. Bjoern Hartmann, EECS … Read More

An Update on Big Data Trends in 2017

By Saad Hirani | April 26, 2017

2016 was a very eventful year for the ever-growing world of big data, with more and more organizations using storage and processing methods that have developed in the field to extract more value from their business through data of all … Read More

Amy Herr–Changing the World One Cell at a Time

By Meghana Krishnakumar | April 26, 2017

This week in the A. Richard Newton Lecture Series, students had the honor to learn from Amy Herr, the Lester John & Lynne Dewar Lloyd distinguished Professor of BioEngineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Herr was recently recognized with … Read More

Checking in on our plant-based seafood collider

By Keith McAleer | April 19, 2017

In a first of its kind effort, the SCET is leveraging its innovation collider to work on the environmental problems caused by overfishing. The ocean is often thought of as harboring a nearly endless supply of seafood for humans. At … Read More

Announcing the Designing Cities for Autonomous Vehicles Collider Winners

By Meghana Krishnakumar | April 19, 2017

On April 7th, five teams composed of Undergraduate and Graduate Berkeley students presented their proof-of-concept for new companies that would create a more efficient and safe environment so that autonomous and human-driven vehicles can be used in harmony. The goal … Read More

Blockchain: We’re Barely Getting Started

By Carlos Ramos de la Vega | April 19, 2017

It has now been more than six years since a research paper released under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto marked the beginning of a transformation of the mechanisms that we currently use for the transfer and safe-keeping of information at … Read More

Join SCET at Cal Day 2017!

By Saad Hirani | April 18, 2017

Each year, the UC Berkeley campus hosts an open house to welcome prospective students, current students, the Berkeley community and families in an attempt to spread better awareness about clubs, departments, classes, professors and initiatives at Cal. This year there will … Read More

A Quick Artificial Intelligence Update

By Saad Hirani | April 12, 2017

Artificial Intelligence is offering the kind of revolution mankind first saw a 100 years ago with electricity, with Andrew Ng, the former Chief Scientist at Baidu claiming he can’t think of an industry it won’t disrupt in the next 10 … Read More

Visa Options for Working and Living in the U.S.: Requirements for the H-1B Visa

By Nadia Yakoob | April 10, 2017

At the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology we welcome many international students to our programs. But what happens after graduation? Our thanks to SCET mentor Nadia Yakoob for contributing the article below to help students understand options for staying … Read More

Rob Solomon: From Cal Grad to CEO of GoFundMe

By Ani Vahradyan | April 9, 2017

This week, students in the A. Richard Newton Lecture Series had the distinct pleasure of hearing a fireside chat with Rob Solomon—a Cal grad and CEO of GoFundMe—moderated by UC Berkeley’s Chair of Industrial Engineering, Dr. Ken Goldberg. Both incredibly … Read More

Disrupting Brazil: UFMG in Berkeley – Part II

By Carlos Ramos de la Vega | April 4, 2017

This is our second interview of a two-part issue that depicts the partnership between the College of Engineering at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil and UC Berkeley. Through a series of interviews, the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship … Read More

Is Your Transformation Working?

By Ikhlaq | April 1, 2017

  As we discussed in earlier posts, firms like Amazon, Apple, Google, and many others are shining examples of companies that have successfully transformed and adapted over the past decade. In fact, most firms today realize they need to adapt … Read More

Panel of Cal Grads joins Newton Lecture Series

By Ani Vahradyan | March 28, 2017

Another exciting week at the A. Richard Newton Lecture Series brought a panel of all-Cal-alumni speakers to Berkeley. These speakers—Jeff Huang (Facebook), Sanjay Jeyakumar (Twitter), and Padmini Pyapali (Uber)—shared their unique insights into entrepreneurship and technology. Moderated by Amit Kumar … Read More

Engineering Leadership Professional Program Joined by Keyssa CEO & VP

By Jocelyn Weber Phipps | March 28, 2017

  Last night, the Engineering Leadership Professional Program had the pleasure of being joined by Eric Almgren and Steve Venuti of Keyssa’s leadership team, who provided first-hand insights on the new Keyssa case (Keyssa: Unraveling the Laws of Physics). The … Read More

CITRIS Foundry Hosts Demo Day

By Saad Hirani | March 24, 2017

This week the CITRIS Foundry, SCET’s entrepreneurship partner and the UC system’s accelerator for founders building transformative technology companies, held its biannual Demo Day, where its Spring 2016 cohort pitched their business ventures and displayed progress they had made over … Read More

Guidance for Entrepreneurship at Universities

By Ikhlaq | March 23, 2017

Advance note: This article has been written with the purpose of collecting feedback. Like many institutions today, the administration is grappling with the evolution and policy of entrepreneurship as a promoted activity.  On behalf of many interested stakeholders, we welcome … Read More

Disrupting Brazil: UFMG in Berkeley – Part I

By Carlos Ramos de la Vega | March 22, 2017

Cal is known for attracting top talent from all around the world, from Southeast Asia to the Southern Cone. While this university is nothing more than a combination of individuals from all walks of life, there are no two identical … Read More

Is Your Data Strategy Working Hard Enough?

By Ikhlaq | March 20, 2017

Every firm is under pressure to adapt and reinvent, and innovative firms know how to do this. Amazon started by selling retail products over the Internet, but later transformed to offer IT Cloud services as Amazon Web Services. Apple is … Read More

Jason Creadore: Civil Maps

By Ani Vahradyan | March 19, 2017

This week, the A. Richard Newton Lecture Series welcomed Jason Creadore, cofounder of Civil Maps. The entrepreneur shared his insights, telling the student audience about his startup journey, and transition from finance to tech. Early Work and Education Creadore graduated from Lehigh … Read More

Students find Solutions to Transnational Security

By Vruti Desai | March 17, 2017

For the past month students have been developing solutions to transnational security. They have been looking for ways to leverage the latest in data science tools and technologies to increase the productivity of experts and analysts trying to stay one … Read More

What Next? Visa Options for Working and Living in the US After Graduation

By Nadia Yakoob | March 15, 2017

At the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology we welcome many international students to our programs. But what happens after graduation? Our thanks to SCET mentor Nadia Yakoob for contributing the article below to help students understand options for staying … Read More

Student Panel takes over Newton Lecture Series

By Ani Vahradyan | March 8, 2017

This week, the A. Richard Newton Lecture Series switched gears to hear from a new set of speakers—the students. Moderated by associate instructor Victoria Howell, these students shared their unique experiences with their peers and took questions in an engaging and … Read More