Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology

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Certificate Requirements

Required Courses:

If you have completed or participated in one of the following courses or programs, then only 4 units (plus the A. Richard Newton Lecture Series) are required for the certificate:

  • SCET Venture Lab: Your startup team in Venture Lab
  • Berkeley Skydeck: Your startup team in Berkeley Skydeck
  • LeaderShape Institute Program: Participation in the program
  • Applied Innovation Institute (Aii; formerly BMIC)
  • Internship at a Startup

*At the discretion of the program, a related course may be substituted for one of the required courses.  Please fill out the Alternative Certificate Courses Form and you will be notified whether or not the class counts towards the completion of your certificate.


Certificate Completion:

Students who will fulfill the concentration requirements by the end of the fall or spring semester, must submit the Certificate Completion Application (available in mid-November for fall and mid-April for spring).  After your coursework is verified in early June, we will email you when your certificate is ready for pick up.

If you have additional questions regarding the Undergraduate Certificate in Technology & Entrepreneurship, please email Yeri Caesar at ycaesark@berkeley.edu
INDENG 95 & 195
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Units: 1

The Newton Lecture Series allows students to explore entrepreneurship, innovation, and career opportunities. The course boasts a changing roster of innovators, entrepreneurs, and Silicon Valley executives and is an entry to the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and TechnologyThis course is required for the Undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology.

Applied Data Science with Venture Applications

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INDENG 135 (Class Number 46371)
INDENG 290-02 (Class Number 46662)
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Units: 3

Data-X a technical course that teaches students to use foundational mathematical concepts and current computer science tools to create data-related applications and systems for real world problems. Computer science tools for this course include Python with NumPySciPypandasSQLNLTK, and TensorFlow. Math concepts include filters, prediction, classification, transforms, Bayesian, maximum likelihood, Markov state space, network graphs, and an introduction to deep learning.  The tools will be presented in applications common to data flow organization of Collect, Combine, Store, Use, Analyze, and Visualize.

Technology Firm Leadership

Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Units: 3

This course will immerse students in technology, entrepreneurial, and leadership concepts, mindsets, and behaviors. Students will learn how to lead, grow, and improve to ensure their organizations are optimally managed and led. The class will arm students with specific tools they need to stand out in a crowd and effectively manage and lead.

Challenge Lab

Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Units: 4

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. They will understand real-world constraints, use rapid iterative build, and validate development methods. Through frequent interaction with the sponsors and mentors, student teams will develop a working prototype and a "white paper."

Product Management

Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Units: 3

This course teaches students the necessary product management skills to become a product manager. Students will learn the attributes of great product managers, the tools to reduce risk and cost while accelerating time to market, product life cycle, stakeholder management, and effective development processes. Note: this course replaces 190D.

Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Units: 2

The Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship & Innovation is an introductory course intended to be taken along with the Newton Lecture Series covering opportunity recognition, idea generation, execution, business models, market validation, team building, communication attracting resources, product design, sales, marketing, and funding models all with an objective of creating new projects, new ventures, and impactful innovation.

Finance for Entrepreneurs

Semesters Offered: Fall 
Units: 2

Finance for Entrepreneurs cover startup fundamentals.  This course is for students looking to build a scalable business with a need to learn the basic language of finance. In addition to learning the fundamentals of accounting and finance, this course will include the following topics: building a business model, developing financial plans, setting up an accounting system, incorporating, recruiting, fundraising, stock allocations, and negotiating with investors.

Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Units: Variable Units

A Collider Sprint is available to all students of all disciplines. Previous projects include industry partners and topics such as Amazon, Kabam, Imprint Energy, VICI Labs, Blockchain, Big Data and more. Graduate students can receive credit for collider projects as part of the Management of Technology Innovation Program (MTI), while undergraduate students may count this experiential project towards the CET Undergraduate Certificate.

Lean Transfer

Semesters Offered: Fall 
Units: 3

The Lean Transfer course provides hands-on learning for building deep technology startups. Based on Steve Blank’s Lean Launchpad courses taught at Haas and COE, participants will form teams around existing UC Berkeley IP. Inventors will serve as technical advisors to the teams, but students will do the work of talking to customers, partners, competitors, etc. as they search for a product-market fit that will lead to a scalable business model.

Technology Entrepreneurship

Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Units: 3

This Entrepreneurship course is designed for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. Topics include the entrepreneurial process, customer discovery process, conducting market research, funding options, entrepreneurial finance and creation of the material for a business plan.  Students undertake intensive study of actual business situations. The final outcome will be a short business plan Executive Summary and team presentations to a panel of investors.

Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Units: 2

Do you want to learn about start-ups and what it takes to build one?  The Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Boot-camp is a four and a half day intensive program (August 14 – 18, 2017 – week BEFORE regular classes) offered by the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET).  It is a cornerstone of SCET’s entrepreneurship curriculum providing hands-on experience to conceptualize and launch a start-up business.

Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Units: 3

Master Class for New Ventures & Research Impact

The purpose of this course is to prepare scientists, researchers, and engineers at Berkeley to be business-literate and learn how to their knowledge can be applied to current industry trends, using the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship. This course is being offered in collaboration with the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, NSF I-Corps, and CITRIS  check out http://scet.berkeley.edu/graduate/

Approved Electives not offered by SCET (check with the home department for scheduling):
  • Engineering 120: Principles of Engineering Economics (1 unit applies towards E&T)
  • INDENG 170: Industrial Design and Human Factors (2 units apply towards E&T)
  • UGBA 105: Leading People (1 unit applies towards E&T)
  • UGBA 190T: Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs (1 unit applies towards E&T)
  • CS 294-84: Integrated Device Design (2 units apply towards E&T)
  • CS 294-85: Critical Making (2 units apply towards E&T)
  • Mec Eng 110: Introduction to Product Development (2 unit applies towards E&T)
  • Sociology 121: Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Social and Cultural Context (2 units apply towards E&T)
  • IAS 150: Social Innovator On Ramp (2 units apply towards E&T)
  • *Courses from the list of approved Electives will count towards the Undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology

Questions & Answers

If you have additional questions regarding the Undergraduate Certificate in Technology & Entrepreneurship, please email Yeri Caesar at ycaesark@berkeley.edu.