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.

For Spring 2022, apply no later than September 30, 2021


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 graduation event for all Startup Semester participants.


Core Requirements

FAQ / Contact Us

If you have further questions about Startup Semester at Berkeley, please contact David Law at or Ricardo Rodríguez at

Changes to Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Global Programs in response to COVID-19

September 28, 2020

Every year, we look forward to welcoming international students to UC Berkeley for our spring and fall programs at the Sutardja Center. Empowering innovators to positively change the world is what drives us forward. However, given the growing concerns around COVID-19, and following campus guidelines, we’ve made the decision to postpone the in-person component of the…


Contact David Law ( or Ricardo Rodríguez ( for more information.