Selected teams to receive -
- Funding up to $200k per team
- SCET Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship, Berkeley Haas Entrepreneurship and Blockchain at Berkeley training
- Mentorship with notable blockchain and startup advisors
- Network connections to Silicon Valley venture and funding expertise
Currently, serves as Chief Scientist & Founding Director at the UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. A world-class expert in "real-life" technology innovation and leadership. Invented seminal technology used in internet communications today (75 patents). Academically trained, yet highly applied. Developed Data-X, a framework for rapid digital transformation. He co-created the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (for students) and the Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership(for technical leaders). Created the Entrepreneurship & Technology area at the #1 public university in the world. Serves on many advisory boards. Recognitions include the IEEE Major Innovation Award for 2018, Berkeley IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award in 2009, 3Com Inventor of the Year Award in 1999.
Chief Scientist, Xcelerator & SCET; IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award
Over 20 years experience in education, technology product development, business development, corporate partnerships and marketing. Engineering degree from UC Davis. Strong interpersonal, leadership and management skills with a demonstrated strength in working across organizations to meet learning and business objectives.
Director, Labs & Professional Programs, Sutardja Center
Head of business development for the largest student-run blockchain organization focussed on education, R&D, and Consulting. Lead business consultant for building an MVP for Ford. In charge of project timeline completions and helping companies determine the best approach to integrating blockchain to increase efficiency and solve trust problems associated with business practices.
Accelerator Advisor & Head of Business Development, Blockchain at Berkeley
Experienced Program Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sales, Market Research, Organizational Development, and Analytics. Strong program and project management professional with a Ph.D. focused in Philosophy and Religion, Concentration in Asian Comparative Studies from California Institute of Integral Studies.
Accelerator Advisor & Program Manager, Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative
Alexander Fred Ojala
Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Teaching, Emerging Technologies, Sustainability, and Compassion. AI, Data Science, and Blockchain expert. Instructor at UC Berkeley, the #1 Public University in the world. I consult and lecture for industry leaders around the world. Passionate about making technologies useful and maximizing the utility of innovations.
Technical Program Manager, Xcelerator; Co-Instructor, Applied Data Science
As an economist, policy-maker, professor, and former dean, Laura Tyson has long been a leading champion of ways to re-think the role of business in society.
Tyson is professor of business administration and economics, and a former dean, at the Haas School of Business and London Business School. An expert on trade and competitiveness, she served as Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and later as Director of the White House National Economic Council. She was the first woman to serve in these two positions. In the years since, she helped Berkeley Haas become a pioneer in what is now the booming field of corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship. As a an advisor and board director for both Fortune 500 corporations and major non-profit organizations, Tyson has spent much of her career working for positive social change in the for-profit sector, non-profit sector and public sector.
Accelerator Advisor & Director, Berkeley Haas Institute for Business & Social Impact
Sanil is a Business Administration and Computer Science double major, as well as the Executive Vice President of Blockchain at Berkeley's External department. Prior to managing External, Sanil served as a Project Manager for B@B's consulting department. Sanil brings to the table a strong background in product growth and startup development.
Accelerator Advisor & Head of External, Blockchain at Berkeley
Rhonda is delighted to be back at Haas (MBA ’96) where she launched a transition from science to business. After a valuable stint in strategy and operations consulting, she founded or was an early stage team member of start ups in retail, behavioral health, non-profit and big data. She served as a long time mentor for UCSF’s Idea to IPO course, is an active advisor for NASA spinoff BrainAid, and recently lead the winning teams for both the Health Tech Forum Codeathon and the San Francisco MedHack 2.0 Hackathon.
Accelerator Advisor & Executive Director, Berkeley Haas Entrepreneurship
As an advocate, developer, and investor in blockchain-based digital assets, I recognize the potential of distributed ledger technology to profoundly impact the world. Initial coin offerings (ICOs) have stormed onto the global financial stage, offering investors a better way to capture the value generated by protocol-stacks, as opposed to merely the applications that sit atop them (go here for an often cited introduction to this thesis: http://www.usv.com/blog/fat-protocols). A new generation of blockchain-fueled entrepreneurs has emerged: data-storage, record keeping, identity, corporate governance, banking systems, even global monetary policy all sit squarely in their sights. That said, maintaining a healthy level of skepticism is rational to avoid repeating the hard-learned truths of the dotcom era.
Accelerator Advisor & X-Fund GP,
Tess Hau is the founder of Tess Ventures. She is an entrepreneur and venture capital investor. She is based out of Palo Alto, California and travels all over the world to meet business contacts. The startup she founded while in undergrad was acquired, and since then she has empowered entrepreneurs globally with access to capital at all stages and adding value. She is an advisor to various startups in the Stanford University ecosystem, Silicon Valley, South-East Asia, Canada and China. She now also helps bridge family offices from Asia who wish to establish a fund/tech venture division in Silicon Valley.
She helps startups cross border expansion into China and the U.S. She is a friend and advisor to various VC Funds and was an advisor to the Stanford Office of Technology Licensing. She was COO of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Greater Chinese Business Club, and is an Honorary Advisor for each new-coming GSB class.
People call her a “Platinum Connector” as she authentically enjoys cultivating quality relationships. She finds herself always thinking “How can I help that person?”
Industry Specialist, Blockchain at Berkeley
UC Berkeley Professor, Division of CS/EECS
Education & Mentorship
- Weekly Speaker Sessions on 3 Tracks - Technology; Blockchain Industry & Entrepreneurship
- Office Hours with Xcelerator advisors, mentors & industry experts
- Networking opportunities with Silicon Valley & UC Berkeley leaders & resources
- Weekly Pitch Sessions
- One-on-one meetings with blockchain & technology investors
- Investment from X-Fund of up to $200K USD*
- Partnership resources (e.g. cloud, software)
- Access to office space at UC Berkeley & resources
- Potential additional investments from partner funds
- Access to leading blockchain projects and resources for mentorship & partnerships
*Dependent on team's performance and mutually agreed upon terms