Startup Semester at Berkeley

Become an Entrepreneur at UC Berkeley

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Developing the next generation of technology entrepeneurs and innovators.

Startup semester emphasizes hands-on venture-building. Using the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship, we will help you grow your network, find your new team, and immerse yourself in the dynamic Berkeley and Silicon Valley ecosystem.

Our team of Berkeley faculty, industry experts, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, will make sure you learn the mindset and behaviors that drive success. We focus on leadership, innovation, and execution to prepare you for your role as a founder, business, or technical leader in today's dynamic global economy. Join us for Startup Semester: It all starts here!

Who Should Apply?

SCET believes team diversity is a key driver of success. Startup Semester is a competitive full semester program designed for upper-division undergraduates from a wide range of academic disciplines seeking to:

  • Build a technology startup
  • Create social impact through technology
  • Innovate and lead from within a large company
  • Develop a robust network of mentors
  • Engage with the world’s leading startup ecosystem

English proficiency, strong academic credentials, and demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship and innovation are required.

Spring 2022 Applications Due October 15. Fall 2022 Applications Due March 31.


Startup Semester is proud to partner with UC Berkeley Extension to provide students access to our program through the F1 Visa Program.

Students are required to take 12 academic units, with eight of those from SCET course offerings:

INDENG 95 - A. Richard Newton Lecture Series (1 unit).

INDENG 185 - Challenge Lab (4 units).

SCET Elective (3 units).

Other Elective (4 units).

Startup Semester at Berkeley

Students had the opportunity to participate in a Smart Cities & Mobility seminar conducted by Dr. Susan Shaheen, one of the leading transportation and smart cities researchers in the United States.

Santander Group Scholars

Santander Group scholarship winners pose outside our SCET offices after a Business Model Innovation workshop, lead by our partner SchooLab Innovation Lab in San Francisco.

Graduation Event

At the end of each semester, we celebrate our accomplishments with a fun certificate ceremony for all Startup Semester participants.


Core Requirements

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