Announcing the Global Innovation Program within the SCET Innovation Collider


August 31, 2015


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The Sutardja Center announces its new Global Innovation Program at UC Berkeley. As the Sutardja Center moves into its new location at the east end of campus at the Kabam Stadium, it will host the first five new Global Partner Institutions that will have outposts on the Berkeley Campus in the inaugural year of the program. This program is one of many activities that make up the SCET’s new Innovation Collider.

With a launch date of October 1, we would like to announce the first five of the founding partner institutions of the Global Innovation Program. Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Chile), PhilDev (Philippines), Shantou University (China) and Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea).

Some of these institutions will be sending faculty to learn the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship in order to build upon new teaching models in their own locations. Others are interested in sending new venture teams to the Silicon Valley ecosystem. And, each partner can additionally benefit from learning from the other global partner as part of the larger network.

The Philippines were the first global partner to be represented through a relationship with the non profit PhilDev Foundation. The foundation was created by well known Silicon Valley Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist, Dado Banatao, to improve the lives of Filipinos. Executive Director of PhilDev, Alex Kayanan, on why they wanted to be a Global Partner with Berkeley SCET, “It is our hope that these efforts will result in sprouting a few highly promising startups who will help strengthen our ecosystem and our mission”.

According to Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Scientist and Founding Director, SCET, “It has been our hope that each University can leverage the UC Berkeley ecosystem in support of their own unique plans to develop globally innovative innovation support programs”.

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


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