Spring 2020 Classes
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 Technology. This course is required for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology.
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 NumPy, SciPy, pandas, SQL, NLTK, 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. Find a video here.
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. Find a video here.
Challenge Labs (4 units)
Challenge Labs are 4 unit courses designed to lead you through the venture creation project from idea to pitching to panels of investors and expert faculty. 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." Find a video here.
Collider Sprints are short, typically 8 week courses designed to explore an emerging technology innovation topic, usually proposed by outside industry guests. 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.
Spring 2020 Semester Offerings: Product Life Cycle
Innovation Engineering is an advanced project based course. The course is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students to develop innovative projects starting from initial concept though implementation in areas that often include Data/AI and systems. The course also embeds the behaviors, mindset, and processes for creating just about anything new.The course is ideal for technical students in data science, CS, engineering, web/mobile applications, and those with varying levels of coding and systems experience. Places will also be held for non technical majors who would like to focus on user experiences and/or customer experience. The course will benefit students interested in product development, applied research, and even product management.The Spring 2020 Innovation Engineering 5G/AI Section will allow students to develop the concepts and actual implementations for new services for 5G mobile communication. 5G Networks will have much greater mobile data speeds and enable a massive new model or secure Internet of Things (IoT) devices. 5G and AI together has the power to change how we interact with the world.The course is sponsored with GSMA who hosts the Mobile World Congress and partners with a membership of virtually every telecom provider in the world. Students will learn about the problems and opportunities directly from the experts in leading telecommunication companies - and then implement the concepts within the course. Find a video here.
Deplastifying the Planet is project-based course designed to provide students with the opportunity to work alongside corporate partners to explore sustainable solutions for reduce plastic use (reduction, replacement, recycling, optimization…)
Students will be assigned to an open innovation challenge posed by our corporate partners. We will make every effort to allow students to choose projects, however team diversity is key and the instructor reserves the right to insure teams have the proper balance of skills. (We are in discussions with Google, Airbus, Lonely Whale, Nestle, Faurecia, and others). A final list or partners and projects will be provided before the start of the course.
We will cover ethnographic interviewing, design thinking, ideation tools, prototyping, idea validation, and business modeling.
Who should apply: Preference will be given to masters-level students, seniors and then juniors with experience or demonstrated interest in corporate innovation, intrapreneurship, product design and sustainability. A statement of interest and resume (max 2 pages in a single pdf file) should be submitted to email@example.com on or before January 1, 2020. Please note that this course will meet weekly in downtown San Francisco (400 Montgomery Street, Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA) and is BART accessible.
Technology Entrepreneurship (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.
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. Find a video here.
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)
Contact Jesse Dieker at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional questions.
Classes Not Offered in Spring 2020
Directed Group Studies for Advanced Undergraduates (1-4 units)
Group studies of selected topics. Semester course unit value and contact hours will have a one-to-one ratio.
Decode Silicon Valley Startup Success: Learn start-up intelligence with a curriculum consisting 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.
Product Management (3 units)
Management of Technology Innovation Program (3 units)
Finance for Entrepreneurs (2 units)
Lean Transfer (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.
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.
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.
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.