Is Manufacturing Being Overlooked?

By Kyle Giffin | November 24, 2020

Software represents the futuristic path, an avenue leading us rapidly towards the merge. Meanwhile manufacturing feels like a dying space, at least in the United States. And the data reflect that. But just because manufacturing’s share of GDP has been decreasing does not mean it must continue that way. Even at an all-time low of…

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Collider Cup Returns in Accelerated Virtual Format

By Suyash Jaju | November 20, 2020

SCET’s flagship pitch competition will return in a rapid fire virtual format on December 11 as Collider Cup VII, featuring pitches from this semester’s top student venture teams. Get ready for the Collider Cup, UC Berkeley’s premier technology entrepreneurship pitch event, hosted by the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET). Collider Cup VII is…

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SCET Forms Partnership with WOJ to Create a New Path for Tech Entrepreneurship for Students Around the World

By Keith McAleer | November 13, 2020

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley is excited to announce a new partnership with WOJ, creator of an innovative tech education framework developed by the award-winning educator Esther Wojcicki and conscious entrepreneur Amit Hooda. The partnership will help SCET to advance its pioneering innovation curriculum by incorporating…

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SCET names Tarek Zohdi as new Academic Director

By Keith McAleer | November 12, 2020

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley has just named Tarek Zohdi to be its new Academic Director and member of its new Faculty Committee. Zohdi currently serves as the Will C. Hall Endowed Chair Professor in Berkeley Mechanical Engineering, Chair of the UCB Designated Emphasis for Computational…

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SCET and Silicon Lake College’s new partnership brings Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship through E-learning

By Keith McAleer | November 3, 2020

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley, and the faculty of the Silicon Lake College recently formed a new partnership with the aim of fostering entrepreneurship education and post-pandemic cross-border e-learning. SCET founding director, Ikhlaq Sidhu, and Silicon Lake Chairman, Bao Shi, along with leaders from both universities,…

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How SCET director is protecting trees needed for COVID vaccine

By Keith McAleer | October 22, 2020

The Sutardja Center’s Alt: Meat Lab Director and Industry Fellow, Ricardo San Martin, was recently featured in the Atlantic for his work on the cultivation of the Chilean soapbark tree, Quillaja saponaria, which contains valuable extracts called saponins, a key ingredient in an upcoming COVID-19 vaccine candidate being developed by Novavax. Novavax made headlines in July…

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Is Manufacturing Being Overlooked?

By Kyle Giffin | November 24, 2020

Software represents the futuristic path, an avenue leading us rapidly towards the merge. Meanwhile manufacturing feels like a dying space, at least in the United States. And the data reflect that. But just because manufacturing’s share of GDP has been decreasing does not mean it must continue that way. Even at an all-time low of…

Collider Cup Returns in Accelerated Virtual Format

By Suyash Jaju | November 20, 2020

SCET’s flagship pitch competition will return in a rapid fire virtual format on December 11 as Collider Cup VII, featuring pitches from this semester’s top student venture teams. Get ready for the Collider Cup, UC Berkeley’s premier technology entrepreneurship pitch event, hosted by the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET). Collider Cup VII is…

SCET Forms Partnership with WOJ to Create a New Path for Tech Entrepreneurship for Students Around the World

By Keith McAleer | November 13, 2020

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley is excited to announce a new partnership with WOJ, creator of an innovative tech education framework developed by the award-winning educator Esther Wojcicki and conscious entrepreneur Amit Hooda. The partnership will help SCET to advance its pioneering innovation curriculum by incorporating…

SCET names Tarek Zohdi as new Academic Director

By Keith McAleer | November 12, 2020

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley has just named Tarek Zohdi to be its new Academic Director and member of its new Faculty Committee. Zohdi currently serves as the Will C. Hall Endowed Chair Professor in Berkeley Mechanical Engineering, Chair of the UCB Designated Emphasis for Computational…

SCET and Silicon Lake College’s new partnership brings Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship through E-learning

By Keith McAleer | November 3, 2020

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley, and the faculty of the Silicon Lake College recently formed a new partnership with the aim of fostering entrepreneurship education and post-pandemic cross-border e-learning. SCET founding director, Ikhlaq Sidhu, and Silicon Lake Chairman, Bao Shi, along with leaders from both universities,…

How SCET director is protecting trees needed for COVID vaccine

By Keith McAleer | October 22, 2020

The Sutardja Center’s Alt: Meat Lab Director and Industry Fellow, Ricardo San Martin, was recently featured in the Atlantic for his work on the cultivation of the Chilean soapbark tree, Quillaja saponaria, which contains valuable extracts called saponins, a key ingredient in an upcoming COVID-19 vaccine candidate being developed by Novavax. Novavax made headlines in July…

What Will the Future of Work Look Like?

By Kyle Giffin | October 20, 2020

Will remote work continue to be the standard after the global pandemic recedes? Is this a fundamental shift we are seeing or a temporary one? What will change permanently going forward? The hard part is identifying people who are actually qualified to answer these questions. Fortunately, we at the SCET did exactly that. Last week,…

UC Berkeley Ranks #2 In The World for Entrepreneurship

By Suyash Jaju | October 15, 2020

UC Berkeley has once again ranked #2 in the world for undergraduate entrepreneurship, maintaining its position for producing the second-highest number of undergraduate founders who go on to obtain venture funding. After Berkeley (1365), MIT (1125), Harvard (1100), University of Pennsylvania (1,021), and Cornell (888) round up the top 6 universities in the world by…

Re-watch Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna at the A. Richard Newton Series

By Keith McAleer | October 7, 2020

Data-X Lab Launches Data-X Online, Democratizing Access to its Popular Course

By Keith McAleer | October 5, 2020

The University of California, Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) has redesigned its popular course, Applied Data Science with Venture Applications, (or Data-X for short) to provide free access to its videos, slides, code, and resources on a single website. Students around the globe can now teach themselves the latest data science, tools,…

Innovation-X Roundtable on Supply Chain: Perspectives from Industry Speakers

By Mallika Luthar | September 30, 2020

InnovationX: The NBA, Fan Engagement, & the Future of Entertainment

By Kyle Giffin | September 28, 2020

Until now, sports games were simply cancelled if no live audience could be there. Without the shouting, cheering, chanting, and hype generated by an audience, games can feel empty & emotionless. Due to the pandemic, massive sports franchises like the NBA have had to innovate new ways to maintain audience engagement and simulate traditional playing…

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

By Ricardo Rodriguez Iglesias | 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…

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Takeaways from Innovation-X Roundtable: Reevaluating the Supply Chain

By Suyash Jaju | September 25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially disrupted the global supply chain. Within a matter of months, the transportation, logistics, and manufacturing industries have gone through rapid and accelerated transformation. New questions and opportunities are now coming up for the future of the supply chain. How has the role of the supply chain evolved in the current…

Shomit Ghose’s Inaugural Best of SCET Berkeley Talk-Crisis as a Catalyst

By Mallika Luthar | September 22, 2020
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Ikhlaq Sidhu on how COVID-19 will affect the business world

By Suyash Jaju | September 14, 2020

Amid COVID-19, the Alt: Meat Lab continues its research

By Anika Ramachandran | August 11, 2020
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Takeaways from Innovation-X Roundtable 2: Reimagining Education

By Suyash Jaju | July 31, 2020

A Global Statistician’s Love for Lily Seeds Turns Entrepreneurial!

By Devanshi Rathi | July 29, 2020

For Mallika Chawla, entrepreneurship was not something that came by nature. She was a trained economist and statistician obtaining her master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, which she followed up by working in a high-profiled role at Goldman Sachs in Singapore. However, her tryst with entrepreneurship began when she moved to Silicon Valley, the…

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Take-Aways from the Innovation-X Roundtable: Innovation in Times of Change

By Suyash Jaju | July 16, 2020

Black swans are rare and unpredictable events that create a huge impact on the ways we live and work. During the Covid-19 pandemic, individuals and companies have to adapt to a new normal for daily life. Which industries are thriving and which are struggling in the new normal? What will the consequences be for how…

Founder’s Playbook: Guitar Hero’s Founder Gives Advice on Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

By Keith McAleer | July 16, 2020

The Founder’s Playbook is an interview series presented by UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. On The Founder’s Playbook, we speak to entrepreneurs & innovators to discover their routines, fail-ups, mindsets, and get the real stories behind what it’s like to create something new. Today we have the co-founder of Guitar Hero and…

Y Combinator’s Geoff Ralston Gives Guidance to Students on How to Create a Startup While in School

By Keith McAleer | July 16, 2020

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology hosted an event with Y Combinator to help students understand how to apply to the top accelerator and hear from YC President Geoff Ralston on how to create a startup while attending school. The full video is available below. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to…

Student startup Prodbnb revolutionizes experiential marketing and hospitality

By Kevin Lin | July 14, 2020

Would you buy a $2,000 mattress without trying it? How certain would you be of your purchase if you only got 15 minutes with it in a showroom? This is the exact hurdle that many product marketers face today: convincing a consumer to make a financial investment into buying a higher priced, higher quality product. …

Higher Education and the Zoombie Apocalypse

By Shomit Ghose | July 9, 2020

Virtualization Comes for Higher Ed Murder hornets. The Great Toilet Paper Panic. And New York Magazine’s thought-provoking interview with NYU’s Scott Galloway on the coming disruption to higher education.  All serve to mark the calamitous year of 2020.  Just as the Internet has virtualized the retail industry, it’s now begun to do the same to…

The Founder’s Playbook: New SCET video series focuses on founder routines, fail-ups, and mindsets

By Keith McAleer | July 8, 2020

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley has just launched a new video series called The Founder’s Playbook that aims to get the real stories of what it’s like for innovators to create something new. Subscribe to SCET YouTube to follow the Founder’s Playbook. The series, hosted by…

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Inspiring Innovation: 2020 Summer Reading List

By Suyash Jaju | July 7, 2020

Inspiring Innovation: 2020 Summer Reading List The faculty, staff, and mentorship network at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology have compiled a list of 10 fascinating and applicable summer 2020 reads for any innovator or entrepreneur!   (Looking for more reading? Check out our 2019 Summer Reading List!) Artificial Intelligence: A Guide For Thinking…

‘!important’ Safety Startup Just Might Save the Self-Driving Industry

By Kyle Giffin | July 6, 2020

With Uber, Waymo, Google, and Tesla leading the way towards a self-driving future, more autonomous vehicles are hitting the roads every single day. However, despite the fact that these vehicles are 100x less likely to crash than a human, nearly 75% of Americans still feel unsafe on the road with autonomous cars. Myriad efforts are…

Startup Semester students among winning teams in Google Developer Student Club Solution Challenge 2020

By Keith McAleer | July 1, 2020

Three students from the Spring 2020 cohort of SCET’s Startup Semester program were among the winning teams of the Google’s Developer Student Club’s Solution Challenge 2020. The goal of the challenge was to “use technology to solve a local problem together with community.” Submissions were accepted from more than 60 countries and 800 universities around…

SCET Launches New Global Online Courses in Leadership and Data for Professionals

By Jocelyn Weber Phipps | June 23, 2020

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at the University of California, Berkeley now has two new offerings for professionals and researchers around the world – Data-X Live, Online & Engineering Leadership Global. Data-X Live, Online: Develop new skills in this applied data science course Data-X has been a highly popular course at UC Berkeley…

Team Upcycle – Method and Whole Foods Partnership

Reduce, Reuse, ‘Upcycle’!

By Suyash Jaju | June 23, 2020

Ideas that have the potential to make an enormous positive impact come by once in a lifetime…unless you’re a part of the ‘Deplastify the Planet’ Challenge Lab at UC Berkeley! Read about Team Upcycle’s journey of working with Method and Whole Foods, and learn how they stumbled upon a solution to develop affordable, fully compostable…