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…

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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…

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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…

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Startup Semester student Johannes studied six weeks in Berkeley and founded a startup in Hawaii

By Tommy Byman | June 10, 2020
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SCET celebrates the outgoing Spring 2020 Startup Semester cohort

By Mahira Dayal | May 15, 2020

We were proud to honor our outgoing cohort of Startup Semester students at their graduation ceremony, held on Friday, May 8, 2020. Our Spring 2020 cohort features 18 students, hailing from 5 different countries. The event highlighted short speeches by three participants — Anushka Purohit, Anupam Tiwari and Anant Mishra — who reflected on their classes, Startup…

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COVID-19 is the biggest driver of digital transformation yet

By Ikhlaq Sidhu | May 14, 2020
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MeghaScore: Promoting financial inclusion in India

By Shivani Patel | January 10, 2020

Five months ago, six UC Berkeley students joined a Challenge Lab where the objective was to solve six problems that face Meghalaya, a North-East state in India. The challenges were Rainwater Harvesting, Horticulture, Turmeric, ECO Tourism, Healthcare and Financial Inclusion. Our challenge was to find a way to create a solution for financial inclusion for…

Foundercast: Expensify Founder & CEO David Barrett

By Ella Jensen | December 19, 2019

Berkeley Innovation Podcast: Marissa Mayer – Newton Series Classic

By Ella Jensen | December 14, 2019

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective AI

By Shomit Ghose | December 11, 2019

Adapt or Die Name a company anywhere in the world – just one! – that won’t be disrupted by Amazon or Google.  These two companies, along with their fellow votaries of Big Data and machine learning, are today entering every industry, to the competitive peril of businesses large and small.  The healthcare and financial industries…

Meet ‘Puma Browser,’ a browser with built-in micropayments

By Mahira Dayal | December 5, 2019

As a photography enthusiast, Yuriy Dybskiy had been thinking about how to make money as a creator. After working on projects tackling the challenge of creating a sustainable stream of income online, he took to a blockchain-powered idea: a browser with in-built micropayments.  Puma Browser is a privacy-focused mobile web browser which provides a new…

Global Program students share their experiences with entrepreneurship at Berkeley

By Ella Jensen | December 4, 2019

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology hosted students from around the world for the fall 2019 Startup Semester program. We spoke with Laurent Pan and Marine Derouault from the LeBridge Fellows program and Kingston Tan from Sunway University about their backgrounds in entrepreneurship and their experiences at UC Berkeley. Tell us a bit about…

11 Points of Advice from an Honest CEO

By Kyle Giffin | November 26, 2019

Whether you build technology or inspire those who do, you have the power to change the world.  But only if you make a genuine effort to try. On Tuesday, November 12th, students in the audience of the Newton Lecture Series were given a strikingly blunt lecture from Expensify Founder & CEO, David Barrett. Unlike most…

Leaf Global: Using Blockchain to Enable Virtual Banking Across Borders

By Harika Kalluri | November 22, 2019

The UN estimates that there are over 68 million people around the world who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Even more live in states of economic, social and political instability. While asylum-seekers wait for their claims to be processed, they reside in detention centers with no entitlement to the freedom of movement, residency,…

Take the free online entrepreneurship course! SCET partner Aalto University brings entrepreneurial education within everyone’s reach

By Ella Jensen | November 22, 2019

A Blockchain Halloween in New Orleans

By Luke Kowalski | November 19, 2019

Karin Bauer from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Lauren Weymouth from Ripple have apparently been brainstorming about how to incorporate blockchain-based courses into programs of other universities, and also how to make this effort more inclusive. Dr. Ali Emdad from Morgan State University was also a partner, and came up with an idea…

Berkeley Innovation Podcast, Episode 6: DoorDash Cofounder & CEO, Tony Xu

By Ella Jensen | November 19, 2019

Best Instructor, Best Course Coordinator Nomination Forms now open

By Mahira Dayal | November 14, 2019

This semester, the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology is excited to introduce “Best Instructor” and “Best Course Coordinator” awards to recognize outstanding work and commitment to fostering a spirit of entrepreneurship. The awards are intended for individuals who have displayed exemplary dedication and innovation towards excellence in their field, curriculum development and pedagogical practices.…


Get ready for Collider Cup V!

By Mahira Dayal | November 13, 2019

On your mark, get set, go! We’re a month away from Collider Cup V — one of the biggest student entrepreneurship events at UC Berkeley. The event will be held on Friday, December 13, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Sutardja Dai Hall, in both Banatao Auditorium and the Kvamme Atrium.  RSVP here…

Berkeley Innovation Podcast, Episode 5: Padmini Pyapali at Uber, Jeff Juang at Facebook, and Sanjay Jeyakumar at Twitter, Cal Engineer Newton Series panel hosted by Amit Kumar

By Ella Jensen | November 13, 2019

SCET to use Innovation Engineering framework for Spring 2020 5G Course

By Ella Jensen | November 13, 2019

On October 12, SCET partnered with Global System for Mobile Communication, or GSMA, on a collaborative workshop on What’s Next for Data, AI for Telecom and 5G in preparation for a spring 2020 SCET course on innovating 5G and artificial intelligence. The workshop enabled a solid understanding of objectives and collaboration for spring 2020 course…

‘Coin Assistant’ Startup Makes Crypto Easy to Use

By Kyle Giffin | November 8, 2019

Coin founders Damon Nam and Byron Levels had initially set out to solve a personal problem: their passion for the potential of blockchain was met with an equal frustration for current solutions with high friction, extreme complexity, and poor user experiences. Investigating this problem further, Nam and Levels decided to poll consumers about the core…

Spring 2020 Startup Semester at UC Berkeley application deadline approaches

By Ella Jensen | November 7, 2019

Students interested in becoming changemakers in the new technology venture space are encouraged to apply for SCET Berkeley’s Startup Semester. SCET offers a full time, semester long program for undergraduates studying engineering, business, design and more. This is the perfect opportunity to study at the top public university in the U.S. and to experience all that makes Silicon…

Instructional Innovation Grant Application Now Open (for UC Berkeley Instructors)

By Jesse Dieker, MEd | November 4, 2019

In collaboration with the Chief Innovation and Entrepreneurship Officer and in support of a pilot initiative called the Berkeley Changemaker, the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) is committed to expanding the innovation ecosystem across campus and throughout all disciplines by offering Instructional Innovation Grants up to $20,000 for UC Berkeley instructional courses. The…

Berkeley Innovation Podcast, Episode 4: Ben Horowitz on Building a Technology Company – Newton Series Classic

By Ella Jensen | November 4, 2019

Microsoft’s Ana Arriola visits SCET’s Newton Lecture, discusses her career and the decolonization of tech

By Ella Jensen | October 29, 2019

Microsoft executive and former Theranos employee Ana Arriola wakes at 4:00 am, then swims at 5:00 am at the Microsoft office, followed by breakfast at home with her family, and a full workday managing a team of engineers and designers. Arriola’s hard work along with her dedication to diversity and inclusion make Arriola the estimable…

Berkeley Innovation Podcast, Episode 3: Alexander Fred-Ojala on Blockchain and Data essentials, applications, and future.

By Ella Jensen | October 27, 2019

Innovation Engineering Workshop Paves the Way for Future Creation

By Kyle Giffin | October 25, 2019

Think of the process of innovation as learning to ride a bike. People can give you instruction, tell you how to balance and pedal your feet, but you won’t actually learn how to ride the bike until you get on and try it yourself. One problem with the modern education system is that students rarely…

Berkeley Innovation Podcast, Episode 2: The Game Master, Moor Xu

By Ella Jensen | October 20, 2019

Healthcare’s Most Impactful AI? The “Non-contact” Kind

By Shomit Ghose | October 15, 2019

The World Health Organization reports that 45% of member states have less than one physician per 1,000 population. With the Kaiser Family Foundation reporting 27 million Americans lacking health coverage in 2017, access to healthcare is not just an issue in the developing world. These numbers help highlight healthcare’s two idealized goals: That healthcare be accessible to…

Tech Firm Leadership students win ‘paperclip challenge,’ snag photo with Chancellor Carol Christ

By Mahira Dayal | October 15, 2019

Students Fionce Siow, Tammy Chan, Peru Dayani, Mina Nezam-Mafi, Ryan Chiem in the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology’s INDENG 171 – Technology Firm Leadership course proved their entrepreneurial prowess by exchanging paperclips for something priceless: A group photo with UC Berkeley Chancellor Christ. The team participated in a challenge, led by course instructor Dr. Pamela…

Berkeley Innovation Podcast, Episode 1: Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Scientist & Faculty Director, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology

By Ella Jensen | October 14, 2019

Smart Villages: Students Pitch to Chief Minister of Meghalaya

By Kyle Giffin | October 10, 2019

Berkeley students have been tasked with developing digital tech to help impoverished Indian villages.

Foresight Mental Health seeks to revolutionize and destigmatize mental health care

By Ella Jensen | October 7, 2019

Matt Milford and Doug Hapeman dropped out of UC Berkeley with a vision to transform mental health care. Their venture, Foresight Mental Health, is a data-driven mental health care service that uses modern technology to deliver highly personalized, data-backed treatment plans to their patients.  Foresight is based in Berkeley and provides patients with a wide…

Amazon, Google, and the Ethics of Data: How Berkeley Students Can Compete with Tech Giants

By Kyle Giffin | October 2, 2019

“Google and Amazon are so disruptive that it’s hard to think of a single company unthreatened by their presence today. If this is where your future competition will come from, how do you guard yourself for combat in this landscape? That’s what Amazoogle is all about…” – Shomit Ghose, Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist Today’s almighty…

SCET Wins Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation Award

By Keith McAleer | October 2, 2019

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley has won an Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation Award at 2019 The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) conference. Learn more about what led to the award here.