Global Venture Lab

On behalf of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, we would like to invite you to the 9th Global Venture Lab at UC Berkeley.

The Global Venture Lab (GVL) is an international summit of academics, entrepreneurs, and innovators sharing common research and educational programs to spur new industry and economic growth. Since our first event in 2009, GVL continues to be an extraordinary opportunity to network, learn, and share best practices among entrepreneurship centers around the world.

For questions contact Susan Giesecke: and Danielle Vivo:

We look forward to hosting you at UC Berkeley!

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, August 20 and 21, 2018

Location: Jacobs Hall, Rooms 310 & 210, and California Memorial Stadium (CMS) Room 122 on the UC Berkeley Campus

Speaker Sessions - TBC

Networking Reception - Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, CMS 122

Registration: Now open on Eventbrite HERE.

Leadership Team

Click GVL Agenda 2017 to view / download the detailed program agenda from last year. Please see 2018 programming below.


August 20

Future of E14P

08:30  Sign-in and Continental Breakfast @Jacobs Hall, Room 310

09:00  Kick-Off with Susan Giesecke, SCET Director of Global Engagement and Ken Singer, SCET Managing Director

09:05  Berkeley Plenary with Prof. Ikhlaq Sidhu, SCET Faculty Director and Founder

09:30  Global Program Perspective - TED talk style presentations from our Global Partners

10:30  Coffee break

10:45  Roundtable preview and team formation for "future of entrepreneurship."

12:00  Design lunch for E14P @Jacobs Hall, Room 310

14:00  Post lunch reports (3-minute elevator pitches)

14:45  Global Program Perspective - TED talk style presentations from our Global Partners

15:30  Presentation from ARCHER student group

15:45  Coffee break

16:00  Collaborations rountable with Ken Singer on Relationships & Partnerships

16:45  Ken Singer and Mari Suoranta, Assistant Professor at University of Jyväskylä School of Business and Economics, present "10 Years of GVL"

17:00  Walk to SCET, CMS 122

17:15-19:00  Networking reception, refreshments will be served


August 21

The X-Factor

08:30  Continental breakfast @Jacobs Hall, Room 310

09:00  Recap Day 1 and overview of Day 2 with Ken Singer, SCET Managing Director, UC Berkeley

09:30  Data/AI Meets Entrepreneurship & Innovation - Topics to be covered are Data-X, Sustainable Foods, Amazoogle Business Models and Sports Tech

11:00  Global Program Perspective - TED talk style presentations from our Global Partners

11:30  Global Bootcamps with Gigi Wang, Chair & Director of Berkeley Startup Bootcamps and Collider workshops

12:00  Lunch & Networking @Jacobs Hall, Room 310

13:00  Break into tracks @Jacobs Hall Room 310 and 210 - Track 1: Deep Tech & Track 2: Entrepreneurship Leadership

15:15  Reconvene in Jacobs Hall, Room 310

15:30  Report out, followed by closing remarks from the GVL team and final reception. Light refreshments will be served

Entrepreneurship Best Practices Crossing Borders


The goal of the Global Venture Network is to share best practices to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in a university environment with the intent to help create new companies and industries. GVL strives to develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports venture creation and innovation between Berkeley and global partners. Industry-changing innovation and leadership stretch well beyond geographical boundaries at GVL.

Recommended for: Academic Institutions interested in developing and sharing best practices for entrepreneurship instruction.

January 2015 Summit


The Global Venture Lab Report

This brief of the "Report from the Global Venture Lab Network Inaugural Summit" summarizes the discussion of best practices and next steps from the November 19, 2009 meeting of engineering entrepreneurship educators from 18 universities. Click here to read more.

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