SCET's most recent updates and accomplishments

Your AI is ready to talk: voice tech is getting conversational

By Revati Thatte | September 19, 2018

Those voices aren’t in your head: voice technology is taking Silicon Valley by storm. As one of the hottest topics at TechCrunch Disrupt 2018 in San Francisco (where for the first time each keynote presentation was transcribed automatically in real-time), … Read More

Blockchain arrives on college campuses

By Catherine Li | September 18, 2018

The University of California, Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) is one of the first institutions to offer university courses on blockchain technology. Specifically, SCET’s Blockchain Lab facilitates collaboration between new ventures, industry scholars, and academics to evaluate, … Read More

Plant-based food space shows promise at 2018 Good Food Conference

By Revati Thatte | September 14, 2018

  Intrigued by the idea of a burger patty that looks like meat, smells like meat, and tastes like meat, but is actually plant-based? So are hundreds of specialists in the plant-based food space, many of whom gathered at the … Read More

Gender equality discussion added to BMoE bootcamp for the first time

By Revati Thatte | September 4, 2018

In a new addition to the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship, or BMoE, bootcamp this year, a panel of executives from Silicon Valley participated in a discussion about achieving gender equality in the workplace — especially in the tech industry. Moderated … Read More

SCET’s Data Lab awarded 2018-19 Amazon Alexa Innovation Fellowship

By Revati Thatte | August 27, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Data Lab at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology has been awarded the 2018 – 2019 Alexa Innovation Fellowship. Alexander Fred-Ojala, UC Berkeley data science instructor and research director of the Data … Read More

BMoE bootcamp ends with 4 standout pitches

By Revati Thatte | August 21, 2018

At the end of our Fall 2018 BMoE Bootcamp, four ventures were selected to give a 5-minute pitch to a panel of industry judges. Dental care startup UJU, farming optimization company HexaRoot, product and warranty simplifier Warrify, and scheduling optimizer … Read More

The secret to every successful startup: experimentation

By Revati Thatte | August 21, 2018

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. If you do succeed, try, try again. That’s the basic premise of Optimizely, a company that focuses almost exclusively on experimentation. Optimizely’s Vice President of Product Claire Vo visited the Sutardja … Read More

UC Berkeley Sutardja Center forms partnership with Sunway University

By Revati Thatte | August 20, 2018

From left to right: Anthony St. George, assistant dean for international partnerships, University of California, Berkeley College of Engineering; Matt van Leeuwen, director of Sunway iLabs; Elizabeth Lee, senior executive director, Sunway Education Group; Tsu-Jae King Liu, dean, UC Berkeley … Read More

Japanese women entrepreneurs bring fresh new ideas to SCET

By Revati Thatte | August 13, 2018

On Friday, the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology hosted a pitch event for 5 participants with the Acceleration Program of Tokyo for Women Entrepreneurs (APT). Each participant was given 5 minutes to pitch their startup to a panel of … Read More

Now hiring – lecturers for Sutardja Center

By Keith McAleer | August 6, 2018

The Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research is now hiring for Lecturers for the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. The first review date is August 9. See the full requirements and job announcement here.    

This I know for sure: It’s important to Always Be Creating Value (ABCV)

By Gigi Wang, Industry Fellow & BMOE Bootcamp Chair, Sutardja Center | August 3, 2018

When I was two years old, my mother, baby brother, and I flew to America from Taiwan to join my father who was already there working to obtain his graduate degrees. Two more kids came in rapid succession before my … Read More

Working in Sync: Sports Tech Program featured at Cal Bears

By Keith McAleer | August 1, 2018

  Early in the spring of 2018, Evan Rambo, a legal studies major and a safety for the Cal football team, got wind of a new course that promised a unique experience for students on the Cal campus. The more … Read More

Ikhlaq Sidhu Wins 2018 IEEE Major Education Innovation Award

By Keith McAleer | July 31, 2018

Ikhlaq Sidhu, professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research at the University of California, Berkeley, and faculty director and chief scientist at the UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology has been awarded the 2018 Major … Read More

SCET-born startup Terramino Foods receives $4.25 million in seed funding

By Revati Thatte | July 24, 2018

Terramino Foods, a startup with roots in the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, announced Tuesday that it had received $4.25 million in seed funding, which will be used to expand the team and continue with product development. Co-founders Kimberlie … Read More

Student startup Marco Polo gives athletes a fresh perspective on training

By Revati Thatte | July 12, 2018

Born out of SCET’s Sports Tech Collider Sprint, Marco Polo is a company focused on bringing artificial intelligence, or AI, to the sports world. Three UC Berkeley students came together to give sports teams an advantage when it comes to … Read More

Berkeley Angel Network: a “Shark Tank” for startups

By Revati Thatte | July 12, 2018

If you’re a startup in the Bay Area looking for a guardian angel to guide you through the venture capitalist world, look no further than the Berkeley Angel Network, a group of UC Berkeley-affiliated investors who seek to bolster the … Read More

Will there ever be a Startup Visa?

By Nadia Yakoob | July 3, 2018

Earlier this summer, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would begin the process to formally terminate the International Entrepreneur Parole Program.[1]  Created during the Obama administration, the program would have allowed certain foreign national entrepreneurs to come to … Read More

Tech top dogs discuss workplace diversity at ELPP panel

By Revati Thatte | June 12, 2018

Samantha Walravens, author of the acclaimed book Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech, hosted a panel of industry leaders on June 4 to discuss diversity initiatives in the technology industry. The panel took place at Silicon Valley … Read More

Two UC Berkeley students present their meal replacement powder, MIX, to judges at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology's Collider Cup

After Hurricane Maria, Cal students work to ease hunger in Puerto Rico

By Jessica Lynn | May 25, 2018

After Hurricane Maria, aid organizations have made a point of distributing rations in Puerto Rico called MREs, which stands for Meals, Ready-to-Eat, to aid widespread food insecurity in the area. The problem is, among people who have actually had these meals, … Read More

Iron Man vs Terminator: Jobs in the AI Century

By Shomit Ghose | May 17, 2018

The AI Century The natural selection of economics has relentlessly pushed businesses and societies toward maximum efficiency.  It’s the principal force that fuels the start-up business models of today as they redefine and make more efficient the economics of tomorrow.  … Read More

“Geek Girl Rising” Author Moderates Panel on Diversity at Engineering Leadership Program – Join us for the Livestream

By Catherine Li | May 16, 2018

Increasing representation is not a “women’s issue” or a “person of color’s issue.” It is a human issue and a business issue. Recent data show that minorities, women and other marginalized groups account for just a tiny fraction of today’s tech … Read More

Students invent glove that can track athlete technique, win SCET Collider Cup

By Jessica Lynn | May 10, 2018

The winning startup, Basys, has created special gloves that can track football players’ technique as they practice or play games. The wearable device then allows players to go back and track their athletic performance and pinpoint the specific technical improvements … Read More

Meet the students studying abroad at SCET from the Netherlands

By Jessica Lynn | May 9, 2018

This semester, four students from the Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, studied abroad here in Berkeley at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology to learn the hands-on skills they’ll need to make it in the world … Read More

UC Berkeley students use CRISPR to edit the flavor of this common food

By Jessica Lynn | May 9, 2018

Don’t like the aftertaste of a certain type of food? A group of students at UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology might be able to help you edit it out using CRISPR technology. As a part of SCET’s … Read More

The Applied EQ Project: EQ-Driven Technology Disruption

By Ikhlaq | May 8, 2018

Written by Ikhlaq Sidhu UC Berkeley and Paris del E’traz, IE Business School. We have identified two types of mindsets that exist in firms today.  One mindset is the traditional one that believes that success is based mostly on building superior … Read More

Why do we need alternatives to meat?: an interview with Alison Berke

By Jessica Lynn | May 7, 2018

Demand for meat around the world is higher than it’s ever been –– and we’re running out of the resources needed to provide it. It’s well-known that the meat industry uses up exorbitant amounts of land and water, making it … Read More

UC Berkeley students create app that locates, rates nearby food pantries

By Jessica Lynn | May 7, 2018

1 in 5 UC Berkeley students skip meals to save money. Yet, only a fraction of these students will ever step foot in a food pantry because of the stigma that surrounds getting help. But a team of students from … Read More

UC Berkeley alumni use fungi to make realistic salmon alternative

By Jessica Lynn | May 7, 2018

You’ve probably tried a veggie burger or maybe even soy chicken strips –– but have you ever seen salmon that isn’t animal-based? Joshua Nixon and Kimberlie Le, the co-founders of Terramino Foods, first conceived of the idea to use fungi … Read More

Startup Semester Spotlight: Marcelo Dias

By Meghana Krishnakumar | April 30, 2018

Juggling six classes, breaking the language barrier, and speaking to industry leaders on his free time are only a few things Marcelo Dias has accomplished during his time in Berkeley. Marcelo was the one student who was selected from the … Read More

Get ready for Collider Cup II!

By Meghana Krishnakumar | April 25, 2018

What do 12 top teams + 1 grand prize equal? You guessed it, Collider Cup is back and better than ever. Watch the best student teams from SCET classes pitch to a panel of professors, investors and industry leaders and … Read More