New ‘Off-the-Record’ Course Aims to Give Entrepreneurs the Chance to Speak More Candidly About their Startup Experience

By Keith McAleer | July 31, 2019

This fall semester, the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley will offer a small, selective course that will focus on some of the less glamorous elements of creating a company. The course will feature a speaker series of entrepreneurs and innovators who will share intimate details of their…

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Fall 2019 class combats plastic waste through innovation

By Ella Jensen | July 16, 2019

Interested in creatively solving the problems of an overly plastic planet? A one to two unit experiential seminar titled “Deplastifying the Planet” will be available this fall semester for innovative students to work with companies hoping to solve the issue of plastic waste.  Deplastifying the Planet, which will be held on Wednesday afternoons in downtown…

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It takes a (Blockchain) Village!

By Luke Kowalski | June 24, 2019

Spring Reflections, Fall Futures, and Student Project Highlights Spring of 2019 was the semester of collaboration and joint ventures for our Blockchain Challenge Lab. We expanded the program to include FinTech, and the new material and domain resulted in a number of novel projects, many of which are highlighted below. We saw increased teamwork across…

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GoGoVan creator Steven Lam visits SCET’s Newton Series

By Revati Thatte | October 16, 2018

Steven Lam, co-founder of GoGoVan and Sutardja Center alumnus, visited SCET’s Newton Series lectures to share his experience as an entrepreneur. GoGoVan, a company that connects van drivers with customers to transport goods, was valued at $1 billion as of August 2017 — the first “unicorn” startup for Hong Kong and SCET. The company recently raised…

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BMoE Bootcamp features recent Sutardja Center alumni on entrepreneurship panel

By Ella Jensen | August 21, 2019

Young, entrepreneurial former UC Berkeley students met for a panel discussion at the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMoE) Bootcamp held this week at UC Berkeley. The panel featured Mai Nguyen, former Berkeley undergraduate and PhD student and the CEO/Co-Founder of OptoCeutics, and former Berkeley undergraduate student Matthew Milford, co-founder of Foresight.   The panel was moderated…

Now Hiring for Data-X Spring Course

By Ella Jensen | August 20, 2019

The Industrial Engineering and Operations department at UC Berkeley is now hiring one co-instructor for the Data-X spring semester course, as well as multiple graduate student instructors.  The course is listed as INDENG 135/290 Applied Data Science with Venture Applications (Data-X) and will be offered through the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.  This highly-applied…

Paid Research Opportunity with Berkeley Alt. Meat Lab and Millipore Sigma: Clean Meat/Lab Grown Meat

By Ella Jensen | August 20, 2019

Interested in researching alternative meat? The Berkeley Alt. Meat Lab and Millipore Sigma are currently seeking undergraduate or graduate student researchers in areas surrounding clean meat and lab grown meat. The researcher will conduct research and develop a proposal on how to establish a best practice approach to measure and modulate critical quality attributes of…

Sumeru Ventures to be featured at Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

By Ella Jensen | August 16, 2019

European Innovation Academy students share experiences from their summer in Portugal

By Ella Jensen | August 14, 2019

Over the summer, Berkeley students attended the European Innovation Academy (EIA) in Cascais, Portugal for an intensive, fast-paced learning experience, where they learned from venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, executives from Silicon Valley companies, and experts from across the globe. For one week prior to the Academy, Berkeley students met in Porto, Portugal to build the…

Disrupt Berkeley welcomes students of all academic backgrounds to improve campus systems through entrepreneurship

By Ella Jensen | August 13, 2019

Have you ever been frustrated by one or more of the UC Berkeley administrative systems? This coming fall, students have the chance to address problems and shortcomings with UC Berkeley administrative systems in the Challenge Lab course titled “Disrupt Berkeley.” The course, which still has open seats for enrollment, will address outdated and complicated UC…

What I’ve Learned as a Research Scholar at UC Berkeley Blockchain Lab

By Ting Ting Lee | August 1, 2019

New ‘Off-the-Record’ Course Aims to Give Entrepreneurs the Chance to Speak More Candidly About their Startup Experience

By Keith McAleer | July 31, 2019

This fall semester, the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley will offer a small, selective course that will focus on some of the less glamorous elements of creating a company. The course will feature a speaker series of entrepreneurs and innovators who will share intimate details of their…

Application for Fall 2019 Batch Opens at UC Berkeley’s Blockchain Xcelerator!

By Jocelyn Weber Phipps | July 21, 2019

The University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce that the application for the Fall 2019 Batch of the Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator will be open from Monday, July 22nd until Thursday, August 15th at this site. The Xcelerator seeks to support blockchain-related startups by leveraging Berkeley’s uniquely integrated blockchain and innovation ecosystem, ranging from the…

Visiting scholar Claus Rehfeld concludes his time with SCET

By Ella Jensen | July 16, 2019

If Claus Rehfeld could start his visiting scholarship at the Sutardja Center all over again, he’d focus less on finding the exact right expert in his field to healthcare data, and spend more time connecting and listening to the diverse people that visit the Center.  Claus, a visiting Ph.D scholar from Denmark, will conclude his…

Fall 2019 class combats plastic waste through innovation

By Ella Jensen | July 16, 2019

Interested in creatively solving the problems of an overly plastic planet? A one to two unit experiential seminar titled “Deplastifying the Planet” will be available this fall semester for innovative students to work with companies hoping to solve the issue of plastic waste.  Deplastifying the Planet, which will be held on Wednesday afternoons in downtown…

Twelve teams present at the Inaugural Blockchain Xcelerator Demo Day

By Kristin Shopp, MEd | July 10, 2019

Introducing “Disrupt Berkeley,” a Fall 2019 Challenge Lab Course

By Ella Jensen | July 9, 2019

If you had the chance to re-design any administrative system at UC Berkeley, which would you choose? That is the question that students will be answering this fall in the “Disrupt Berkeley” Challenge Lab course offered through the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET). Through experiential learning and entrepreneurial product creation, students in “Disrupt…

SCET Summer Innovation Reading List

By Ella Jensen | June 26, 2019

Inspiring Innovation: 2019 Summer Reads By Ella Jensen | July 3, 2019   The faculty, staff, and mentorship network at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology have compiled a list of fascinating and applicable summer reads for any innovator or entrepreneur. (Looking for more summer reading? Check out the Berkeley Summer Reading.)   The Innovator’s Dilemma: The…

Congratulations to our 2019 Engineering Leadership Professional Program Graduates!

By Kristin Shopp, MEd | June 25, 2019

On June 13, 2019, fifty students came together at the Berkeley Faculty Club to celebrate the culmination of their hard work for the past five months.  Each of these students received a certificate from Professor Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Scientist and Founding Director of the Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. During the…

It takes a (Blockchain) Village!

By Luke Kowalski | June 24, 2019

Spring Reflections, Fall Futures, and Student Project Highlights Spring of 2019 was the semester of collaboration and joint ventures for our Blockchain Challenge Lab. We expanded the program to include FinTech, and the new material and domain resulted in a number of novel projects, many of which are highlighted below. We saw increased teamwork across…

Berkeley Food Institute and Alt.Meat Lab Join Forces to Research Legumes

By Alyssa Plese | June 18, 2019

By Alyssa Plese | June 18, 2019 The Berkeley Food Institute and the Berkeley Alternative Meats Lab recently announced their research partnership to study how legumes might be used to create new and innovative plant-based products. Through the combined work of these organizations, researchers hope to explore new meat alternatives to investigate more sustainable, ethical, and healthy food…

SCET Announces New Partnership with Sumeru Ventures, Strengthening its Global Network

By Keith McAleer | June 17, 2019

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce its latest partnership with Sumeru Ventures, a next generation global technology fund based in Los Angeles, California. Through this new partnership, the SCET will have the opportunity to continue to expand its…

What We Need Now: Ethical AI

By Shomit Ghose | June 5, 2019

By Shomit Ghose | June 5, 2019 Iron Man vs Terminator Revisited In the landscape of artificial intelligence, we still find ourselves balanced precariously between the twin outcomes of Iron Man and Terminator.  In the former, we adopt technologies to empower our human selves — as with the Marvel comic book character — to overcome our foremost challenges. …

Project and Venture Execution with Innovation Engineering

By Ikhlaq Sidhu | May 31, 2019

By Ikhlaq Sidhu | May 31, 2019 Why Execution Matters So Much – And Why It Still Gets Ignored In our courses, boot-camps, and related Berkeley Method programs, we often explain that there are 4 parts to any successful technology project or venture. These are: Story Team Validation Execution And, in a classroom environment, Story and Team get…

Planted Poultry snags top prize at Collider Cup IV

By Revati Thatte | May 29, 2019

At this semester’s Collider Cup, alternative meat startup Planted Poultry cinched the top prize with their groundbreaking innovation: a faux chicken drumstick. Born out of the Sutardja Center’s Alt.meat Challenge Lab, the team wanted to tackle the fact that most plant-based alternative meats tend to be really dry. Initially, they hypothesized that the dryness is…

Innovation Engineering: Principles and Methodology

By Ikhlaq Sidhu | May 22, 2019

By Ikhlaq Sidhu | May 22, 2019 Let’s start with the problem.  The fact is that most innovation projects fail.  In fact, even when they go forward, they often result in ineffective, overly complex, and/or overly expensive solutions. Sometimes, these projects never get internal funding approvals. Other times, they start but completely miss the mark in terms of…

Now hiring for student positions — Come join our team!

By Keith McAleer | May 8, 2019

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) is a global innovation hub headquartered at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering where aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators take deep dives into the world of technology entrepreneurship and embark on the path to develop exciting new ventures. The Center is currently hiring for paid student positions. The following…

Brazil Startup Semester students ready to shake healthcare industry

By Mahira Dayal | April 29, 2019

For Startup Semester students from Brazil, a big win at HackBrazil was only one step in their journey to shake the healthcare industry. Their startup, Blue, integrates data and uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict chronic disease. Pedro Freire, founder and CEO at Blue is a business graduate at Insper, student in MIT’s…

Why Diversity Matters in Storytelling

By Keith McAleer | April 26, 2019

Last week, alum Marissa Louie (‘05 Interdisciplinary Studies — Business, Economics, & IEOR) visited the Sutardja Center’s product design course to talk about storytelling for designers and why diversity is the cornerstone of her brand. After graduating from Cal, Marissa founded three companies, was an art director at Apple, and principal designer at Yahoo. She…

AI and Tax Season – Why AI and Data Does Not Solve Every Problem & Why Systems and Good Architecture Matter More

By Ikhlaq Sidhu | April 22, 2019

By Ikhlaq Sidhu | April 22, 2019 A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to visit a tax department for one of the world’s leading global economies. My colleague Alexander Fred-Ojala and I were there to discuss how artificial intelligence and data technologies might fit into their strategic plans. It was a great discussion, and a…

Taiwanese Visiting Researchers Yao-Chieh Hu and Ting-Ting Lee — A Global Blockchain Entrepreneurship Journey

By Keith McAleer | April 17, 2019

From Asia to California — a passion for blockchain is taking UC Berkeley Sutardja Center visiting researchers and Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator scholars Yao Chieh Hu (Jeff) and Ting Ting Lee (Tina) on a worldwide journey of opportunity and discovery. “Blockchain is more engaging,” says Jeff on why he finds working with blockchain more compelling than…

SRM students share their Startup Semester experiences

By Mahira Dayal | April 16, 2019

Through a global partnership with the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, students from the Amravati campus and Chennai Campus at Sri Ramaswami Memorial University (SRM) in India are studying as a part of Startup Semester at UC Berkeley this semester. We spoke to four SRM students with technical and entrepreneurship education backgrounds about their…

Join SCET for CalDay 2019!

By Mahira Dayal | April 11, 2019

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at UC Berkeley is excited to be participating in CalDay 2019! We invite the whole community to come meet our students, faculty, and staff at our events through the day! Here is the schedule for this Saturday, April 13 at UC Berkeley SCET: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.…

Get ready for SCET’s Collider Cup IV!

By Revati Thatte | April 10, 2019

We’re a month away from one of the Sutardja Center’s biggest events of the semester — Collider Cup IV! The Collider Cup is SCET’s all-star showcase of the best student teams from each semester. The Sutardja Center is excited to present Collider Cup IV on Friday, May 10 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in…

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