Startup Semester at Berkeley
Experience innovation with a global network of entrepreneurs. Develop an innovative spirit in an progressive and unique environment. Establish an entrepreneurial framework, transform your mindset, and build your international network.
Who Should Apply?
This exclusive full semester program, targeted at Upper Division Undergraduates, will provide qualified students from around the world access to faculty and curriculum in a leading Entrepreneurship program.
The program is created for students who are interested in:
- Increasing their technical knowledge of entrepreneurship and innovation
- Advancing a startup or startup idea
- Understanding how to commercialize research
- Experiencing the entrepreneurship culture of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area
This program allows for a full 12 to 15-unit load for one semester. Transferable credit can be offered through the hosting university or UC Berkeley Extension under Continuing Education.
The semester will consist of a seven-unit Entrepreneurial Core consisting of the esteemed Newton Lecture Series or the Silicon Valley Immersion, a one week Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, and a Challenge Lab of the student’s choice.
Electives are specifically chosen to supplement the core curriculum with IEOR / SCET courses and/or University courses. These are intended to provide students with lifelong learnings to enhance the basics taught through the Core courses.
Newton Lecture Series
As part of the Entrepreneurial Core, students will partake in the Newton Lecture series and meet esteemed global and local distinguished innovators to learn from their successes and failures. Read more.
In a competition-based format, students work in cross-discipline lean start-up teams vying to create innovative products. Teams will navigate realistic weekly challenges introduced through case studies. Read more.
The Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
The bootcamp facilitates immersive learning for new venture creation. This workshop offers a one-of-a-kind experience in one of the premier institutions in Silicon Valley. Read more.
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