Announcing Collider Cup X, SCET’s All-Star Showcase Returns In-Person at Bakar BioEnginuity Hub


April 7, 2022


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Join us to see pitches from the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology’s top venture projects from the Spring 2022 semester. UC Berkeley’s brightest students will be showcasing their latest innovations for solving some of the world’s most challenging problems.

Get ready for the Collider Cup, UC Berkeley’s premier technology entrepreneurship showcase, hosted by the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET). Collider Cup X is an all-star showcase of the best student venture teams from the Spring 2022 semester. SCET will welcome the community for a live, in-person pitch event, taking place at the newly opened Bakar BioEnginuity Hub on May 6th, 2022 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Register here to attend!

Collider Cup is a competitive pitch event between student teams from Spring 2022 courses offered by the SCET. This semester, teams will present their venture projects from twelve UC Berkeley SCET courses, and they are:

  1. Applied Data Science with Venture Applications: Data-X
  2. Challenge Lab | AltMeat: Product Design of Plant-Based Foods
  3. Challenge Lab | OpportunityTech and the Future of Work Lab
  4. Challenge Lab | Unleashing Innovation to Solve Global Health Challenges
  5. Challenge Lab | Metaverses, NFTs and Creator Economies with Blockchain
  6. Challenge Lab | Facebooked: Clickbait and Customer Manipulation in the era of Social Internet
  7. Product Management
  8. Technology Entrepreneurship
  9. Deplastify the Planet
  10. Build a Blockchain Startup: Decentralized Application (dApp) Development and Entrepreneurship
  11. Street Smart Startup: How to Understand and Influence People from Day 1 through IPO
  12. Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

In total, 1077 students from 140 unique majors have enrolled in SCET courses in the Spring 2022 semester, representing all six undergraduate colleges and schools on campus.

Last semester, NovaXS Biotech took home the top prize from the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship bootcamp, followed by Veriply from Startup Acceleration, and IDLE from the Innovation-X: Future of Industry Startup Lab course.

SCET collider cup teams pose after the final presentations for Collider Cup IX, which took place in Fall 2021

Collider Cup X Grand Prizes

For Collider Cup X, SCET is thrilled to partner with Erupture, Berkeley Angel Network (BAN), Skydeck, and The House Fund! The winning teams will be awarded:

  • The Erupture Prize consisting of – an invitation to Erupture Pitch Day to pitch to potential investors; potential investment opportunity; incubation and mentorship program at Erupture; $250K-worth of deals, discounts, and perks offered through Erupture; participation in the Angel Network Buildfirst program; $1000 Notion credit from Notion X Erupture; and a one-on-one meeting with Erupture Angels.
  • Berkeley Angel Network will be awarding the top 3 teams with one-on-one coaching and mentorship opportunities from BAN angel investors along with an invitation to the ‘Silicon Valley in Your Pocket’ accelerator program.
  • Skydeck will offer the 1st place winner a spot in their Pad 13 program, while the 2nd and 3rd place winners will be very strongly considered. 
  • The House Fund will fast-track the winners to the interview stage for their accelerator program.

Our Partners

Learn more about our partners Erupture Angel Network, the Berkeley Angel Network, the House Fund and SkyDeck.

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Erupture is a diverse community of passionate entrepreneurs, builders, and angel investors. The mission of Erupture is to match budding Entrepreneurs with the people and resources they need to successfully create their start-up. Erupture can help you access angel investors looking to fund start-ups, engineers, developers, or business majors looking to join a founding team and other VC orvc or accelerators in Berkeley or the Bay Area.


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The Berkeley Angel Network is a group of angel investors who are alumni, faculty and former faculty of UC Berkeley. We are an affinity group of the Berkeley Haas Alumni Network. The mission of the Berkeley Angel Network is to build an angel investor community among the alumni and faculty of UC Berkeley, and to improve the collective skills and knowledge of this angel investor community through activities related to angel investing.

As many of us have experience in growing successful companies, investing in successful companies and/or both of the above, we strive to promote entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education within UC Berkeley and the alumni community.


The House Fund is a pre-seed and early stage venture capital fund focused on the boldest Berkeley startups.

Cal has some of the most brilliant minds and daring businesses in the world. Tesla. Apple. Intel. But it has never had a place to unite its entrepreneurs, until now. Started in 2016, with 50+ investments, $2B in follow-on funding, and 10 exits later, The House Fund has become a thriving ecosystem for the boldest Berkeley startups to grow.


SkyDeck offers all the benefits of a traditional accelerator along with the vast resources of the world’s number one ranked public university.

Formed as a partnership between UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, SkyDeck offers a powerful environment for startups to grow and launch. The robust and vibrant ecosystem includes a deep network of advisors, industry partners, and accredited investors.


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Kal Deutsch

Kal is a partner at two Bay Area startup accelerators – Silicon Valley in Your Pocket, a global, virtual program, and Batchery, a Berkeley-based startup accelerator. He served as Batchery CEO and Managing Partner during the launch and scaling of the company. Kal is an international keynote speaker and startup coach, and has worked with entrepreneurs at global incubators and accelerators across Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has also served on the screening, diligence and pitch event committees for the Berkeley Angel Network, an angel investment group for UC Berkeley alumni. With a background in finance, strategy and product management, Kal has held a number of executive positions at companies ranging from Fortune 100 companies to early stage startup companies, including Visa, Wells Fargo, and Price Waterhouse. Kal holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Management Science from UC San Diego.

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Cathy Schwallie Farmer

Cathy Schwallie Farmer has been in Healthcare & Science technology since 1988. Cathy has had 2 startups of her own and has been an angel investor for over 12 years mostly focusing on systems that help people and the environment. Cathy is an active member of the Berkeley Angels Network. She is the co-founder of the Autism Angels Group, an investment group (

Cathy has held many positions from Software Developer to Director of Software Development and Strategy and Planning. Cathy led some large software development initiatives and key programs. These included: Kaiser Permanente’s Clinical & Advice Call Center and website (, portfolio management oversight ($250m annual budget) and Canopy Health/Bay Health Development’s Mobile app/Portal work.

Cathy is an active Venture Advisor at University of California, Berkeley. Most notably at Cal’s Skydeck and Haas’s LAUNCH accelerators. Additionally, Cathy is a mentor at the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (NSF i-Corps) and a Healthcare Advisor and Board Member and Lecturer/Judge with many other startup programs.

Cathy is a board member of several nonprofits: The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) and the Autism Center of Northern California. Finally, Cathy holds a nominated position as a Consumer Research Reviewer for the CDMRP (US Congressional Directive Medical Research Program- Autism).

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Jeff Wallace

Jeff is a long-time Bay Area resident who works with global startup ecosystems, including governments, corporations & startup accelerators/entrepreneurs, to help catalyze startup environments & create a bridge to Silicon Valley. He is an Adjunct Instructor at UC Berkeley and is co-founder of Silicon Valley in Your Pocket, a global virtual startup accelerator, serving 100s of companies across 23+ countries. He is co-founder & former President of Batchery, an incubator for seed stage startups. He is an active angel investor with equity positions in 150+ companies and an active advisor & investor at Berkeley SkyDeck. He is an Executive Board Member for the Rutgers Business School Road to Silicon Valley Program (RSVP). Previously, he worked at Cognizant & Brillio as founder & Global Head for Mobility & UX practices. He is a frequent keynote speaker at global tech & startup events. He holds a BA in Economics/Finance from Rutgers College & an MBA from UC Berkeley.

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Jay Onda

Jay Onda is the Head of Strategic Initiatives at the Extreme Tech Challenge. He brings over 11 years of corporate innovation and venture experience combined with 15 years of startup experience focusing on UI/UX and products in Silicon Valley. He is a co-founder of the Sundial Foundation, a venture philanthropy group that invests in change-makers tackling the challenges of Equity, Education, Employment, and Environmental Stewardship. He is also an active mentor and supporter of various startup programs and is an Advisory Board Member of the National Venture Capital Associations’ CVC learning resource committee.

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Yuvia Mendoza

Yuvia Mendoza is a current graduating UC Berkeley Senior studying Business Administration. She is also the Managing Partner of Erupture Angel Network where she helps create a community between founders and investors.

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Akash Malhotra

As an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, Akash co-founded Eventable and ultimately grew the business to profitability with over 30 million end-users. Akash led the company to a successful acquisition by Rockerbox, where he helped launch and grow a SaaS product for leading DTC brands. He was recognized on the Forbes 30 Under 30 2020 list and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, and CNBC.

Along the way, Akash has invested in startups and advised founders on go-to-market, product, and fundraising. He has worked with a broad range of entrepreneurs from Olympians to underrepresented students.

Akash is most in his element when working alongside founders — helping craft their story and supporting them as they bring it to fruition.

About the venue

The Bakar BioEnginuity Hub empowers fearless founders – and founders in the making – to realize bold solutions to our world’s most pressing problems. Focused on people working at the convergence of the life sciences with the physical, engineering, and data sciences, the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub provides the intellectual, entrepreneurial, and community resources for entrepreneurs to learn about and launch their own ventures. The Bakar BioEnginuity Hub is located on the UC Berkeley campus in Woo Hon Fai Hall. Visit

About the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology is the premier 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 (see our history).