For the Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology

Featured Courses for Fall 2019

Learn how to create an innovative venture project, work with cross-disciplinary teams, and cutting-edge technologies by joining a Challenge Lab or Collider Sprint course this fall.

Collider Sprints

Challenge Labs

The A. Richard Newton Lecture Series

Semesters offered: Fall & Spring (1 unit)


Decal: Decode Silicon Valley Startup Success

Semester offered: Fall & Spring (1 unit)


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 Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology.

We teach start-up intelligence. Our curriculum consists of guest speakers from top entrepreneurs to investors in the Bay Area. The course will also consist of hands-on assignments and projects to help students build their portfolio.

Technology Firm Leadership

Semesters offered: Fall & Spring (3 units)


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 (4 units)


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."

Fall semester offerings: Amazoogle, Emerging Tech & Social Impact, Blockchain, Privacy, and HealthcareSmart Villages, Disrupt Berkeley, Product Design: Alternative Meat

Product Management

Semesters offered: Fall & Spring (3 units)


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.

Finance for Entrepreneurs

On hold for 2019-20 (2 units)


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.

Collider Sprints

Semesters offered: Fall and Spring (1 unit)


Collider Sprints are projects designed to connect students with thought leaders in industry and academia. In an effort to find the next emerging fields in tech, Collider Sprint topics are proposed by industry or academic research centers and designed to challenge students to develop innovative solutions that lead to industry or technology advancement, new venture creation, or measurable social impact. Mentoring by industry experts provides students valuable insight into new markets and opportunities while expanding personal and professional networks. All Collider Sprints are team-based and project-driven, providing an opportunity to sharpen teamwork and leadership skills in a multidisciplinary environment.

Fall Semester Offerings: High Tech Sales and Marketing, Marketing for Technologists, Critical Product Management, Venture Finance, Machine Learning, Startup Acceleration

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Semesters offered: Fall and Spring (3 units)


This is a project-based course that uses a learn-by-doing approach to build product design and management skills. Using Design Thinking tools and methods, students will uncover core user need and specify functional requirements for a new product or service. During the course, students will learn to design a product or service, the basics of human factors, allocate resources, manage product teams and conceive and implement a go to market plan for their product or service.

Fall Semester Offerings: Product Design, Strategic Thinking in Tech Innovation

Lean Transfer

Semesters offered: Fall (3 units)

MBA 295T.2

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 (3 units)


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.

Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Semesters offered: Fall & Spring (2 units)


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, the 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.

Directed Group Studies for Advanced Undergraduates

Semesters offered: Fall and Spring (1-4 units)


Group studies of selected topics. Semester course unit value and contact hours will have a one-to-one ratio.

Fall Semester Offerings: Global Leadership in 21st Century, Decode Silicon Valley Success, BOLD Entrepreneurship DeCal

Management of Technology Innovation Program

Semesters offered: Spring (3 units)


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

Fall Semester Offerings: Desplastifying the Planet, New Directions in Approximation Algorithms

Approved Electives Not Offered by SCET

Courses from the list of approved electives will count towards the Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology

COMPSCI 198 Blockchain Fundamentals (1 unit apply towards E&T)

COMPSCI 294-84 Integrated Device Design (2 units apply towards E&T)

COMPSCI 294-85 Critical Making (2 units apply towards E&T)

ENGIN 120 Principles of Engineering Economics (1 unit applies towards E&T)

IAS 150 Social Innovator On Ramp (2 units apply towards E&T)

INDENG 170 Industrial Design and Human Factors (2 units apply towards E&T)

ME 110 Introduction to Product Development (2 unit applies towards E&T)

SOCIOL 121 Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Social and Cultural Context (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)

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