The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley is thrilled to announce our new partnership with the University of Georgia (UG), Tbilisi, one of the top private universities in the country of Georgia with more than 6,000 local and international students. Through this partnership, UC Berkeley SCET’s entrepreneurship faculty will provide both in-person and online training based on the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship pedagogy for UG instructors. Over three years, the SCET x UG partnership, in collaboration with Future Laboratory Georgia, will help UG expand its Innovation and Entrepreneurship curriculum and learning program and further enhance the UG startup ecosystem, currently comprising of UG’s Startup Factory as well as its Startup Fund. 

The strategic partnership provides great value for both university entrepreneurship programs because of their shared mission to teach and spread entrepreneurship across the globe. Whether that is through SCET’s Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship curriculum or the Global Startup Semester program, instructors from the University of Georgia will have the opportunity to gain insight into UC Berkeley SCET’s teaching and learning process, specifically the game-based pedagogy and journey-based course design. UG instructors will also get to shadow SCET’s core courses and observe teaching methods in vivo, not to mention consultations with Ken Singer, SCET’s Chief Learning Officer, on a regular cadence to ideate strategy on how to bring entrepreneurship and innovation courses to UG. Moreover, UG instructors will be able to observe the entrepreneurship ecosystem at UC Berkeley through meetings with members of SkyDeck, Jacobs Design Center and maker space, The House Fund, LAUNCH representatives, the Berkeley Angel Fund, and the Bakar Bio-ingenuity Hub, to name a few of the various organizations comprising Berkeley’s entrepreneurship landscape. Additionally, Master’s students from UG’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship program will also get the opportunity to visit UC Berkeley as part of SCET’s Startup Semester program.

On the recently announced partnership, Konstantine Topuria, Rector of the University of Georgia, mentioned, “Under the umbrella of the new partnership with one of the leading Entrepreneurship Development programs in the world – UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) – we will significantly improve our capacity in all fields of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development and provide our students and Georgian entrepreneurs with the opportunities to acquire competitive knowledge for the global expansion.”

Mr. Konstantine Topuria, Rector of The University of Georgia

Irakli Kashibadze, CEO of Future Laboratory and Director of the Independent Learning Program for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UG, further added, “The partnership with The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley will help us understand how the leading global entrepreneurship educational program works and how to manage the learning process which creates successful entrepreneurs.”

Mr. Irakli Kashbadze, CEO of Future Laboratory Georgia

“As the largest entrepreneurial center at UC Berkeley, the Sutardja Center is committed to empowering entrepreneurs to positively change the world. We believe in responsible innovation and the added value of diversity,” Ikhlaq Sidhu, the Founding Faculty Director of SCET, states. Click here to find out more about how the Sutardja Center supports its Global Partners!

About UC Berkeley SCET

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology is a global innovation hub headquartered at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, where aspiring entrepreneurs take deep dives into the world of technology entrepreneurship and embark on the path to developing exciting new ventures. The Center researches emerging technologies in its labs and offers a suite of courses and programs for students, executives, and global innovators. The Center has labs focused on innovation in data science, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and meat alternatives. Additionally, academics from around the world visit the Center to learn about the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship, a unique innovation pedagogy that focuses on mindset training for innovators and entrepreneurs. UC Berkeley is the world’s #1 public university and ranks as the #2 university for startups and entrepreneurs, according to Pitchbook. UC Berkeley has been at the forefront of innovation in emerging technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence. 

About the University of Georgia, Tbilisi 

Located in Tbilisi, Georgia, the University of Georgia (UG) is one of the largest private universities in the country, with more than 6000 local and international students. The University has accredited programs on three levels of higher education (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D.)  in English and Georgian languages. According to the latest university rankings published by the international organization – Webometrics, which ranks universities worldwide according to scientific research and scientific activity on the web, the University of Georgia is the highest-ranking private university in Georgia. Moreover, it is in the top 10 of the regional educational institutions. UG is distinguished by the disciplined educational process and modern infrastructure, enabling its students to acquire quality education and practical skills. To learn more about UG, click here!