On behalf of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, we would like to invite you to the 8th Global Venture Lab at UC Berkeley.

The Global Venture Lab (GVL) is an international summit of academics, entrepreneurs, and innovators sharing common research and educational programs to spur new industry and economic growth. Since our first event in 2009, GVL continues to be an extraordinary opportunity to network, learn, and share best practices among entrepreneurship centers around the world.

For questions contact Susan Giesecke: sgiesecke@berkeley.edu and Danielle Vivo: d.vivo@berkeley.edu.

We look forward to hosting you at UC Berkeley!

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, August 21 and 22, 2017

Location: California Memorial Stadium (CMS) at the UC Berkeley Campus

Speaker Sessions - Executive Education Classroom, CMS 140

Networking Reception - Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, CMS 122

Registration: Registration is now closed - EventBrite link

Click GVL Agenda 2017 to view / download the detailed program agenda.


August 21

08:30  Sign-in and Continental Breakfast @CMS 140

09:00  Kick-Off with Susan Giesecke, SCET Director of Global Engagement & Danielle Vivo, Program Manager at SCET

09:15  Berkeley Overview - What’s Next! Prof. Ikhlaq Sidhu, SCET Faculty Director and Founder

10:00  Global Sessions - Innovative Entrepreneurial Programs, moderated by Prof. Ricardo San Martin, UC Berkeley

11:20  The Entrepreneur’s Journey with Ken Singer, SCET Managing Director

12:30  Lunch @SCET

13:30  Global Sessions - Innovative Entrepreneurial Programs “Teaching & Learning E&I,” moderated by Prof. Charlotta Johnsson, Lund University

15:00  Applied Innovation & Emerging Areas - Models of Deep Depth Classes and Collaboration with Prof. Ikhlaq Sidhu and Prof. Ricardo San Martin

16:20  Introduction to Data-x Projects with Students & Mentors with Prof. Ikhlaq Sidhu

16:30  Networking Reception @SCET


August 22

08:30  Continental breakfast @CMS 140

09:00  Recap Day 1 with Ken Singer, SCET Managing Director, UC Berkeley

09:30  BEGIN – UC Berkeley Innovation Council, Introduction by Keith McAleer, UC Berkeley

10:20  California Program Exchange - UC Best Practices

11:20  Empowering Students to Lead

12:30  Lunch @SCET

13:30  IP Match Cathay Photonics - Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)

14:30  Global Sessions - Innovative Entrepreneurial Programs moderated by Olli Vuola, Ph.D, Aalto University

16:00  Discussion - Surfacing Issues Across Innovation Programs with Ken Singer, SCET Managing Director, UC Berkeley

17:00  Closing Remarks from the GVL Team

Leadership Team

Entrepreneurship Best Practices Crossing Borders


The goal of the Global Venture Network is to share best practices to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in a university environment with the intent to help create new companies and industries. GVL strives to develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports venture creation and innovation between Berkeley and global partners. Industry-changing innovation and leadership stretch well beyond geographical boundaries at GVL.

Recommended for: Academic Institutions interested in developing and sharing best practices for entrepreneurship instruction.

January 2015 Summit


The Global Venture Lab Report

This brief of the "Report from the Global Venture Lab Network Inaugural Summit" summarizes the discussion of best practices and next steps from the November 19, 2009 meeting of engineering entrepreneurship educators from 18 universities. Click here to read more.