SCET Renews Partnership with Aalto Ventures Program (AVP)

SCET x AVP Partnership
SCET x AVP Partnership

The SCET x AVP partnership will further Aalto’s vision to help the community create a sustainable future through entrepreneurship by solving problems related to Sustainable Development Goals.

SCET Renews its Partnership with Aalto Ventures Program

The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley is thrilled to announce our renewed partnership with Aalto Ventures Program (AVP), the university-wide entrepreneurship education program at Aalto University, Finland. Aalto Ventures Program is SCET’s only connection in Finland and they are one of the top-rated university innovation centers in Europe. Through this partnership, SCET and AVP can strengthen their support to help anyone with the right mindset to reshape the world.  

The strategic partnership provides great value for both university entrepreneurship programs because of their shared mission to teach students to build like an entrepreneur. Whether that is through SCET’s Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship curriculum or AVP’s Starting Up educational courses, students in both programs get the opportunity to work in multidisciplinary teams, participate in hands-on exercises, and gain the tools required for constructing a startup. Moreover, AVP will be sending some Finnish students to SCET’s startup program – some of the previous Aalto University students accomplished amazing things during their time at SCET, such as ‘Reallocating Millions of COVID-19 Health Supplies’ during the pandemic!

Henrik Helenius and Johannes Salmisaari – two Finnish students from Aalto University – helped co-found Droppe.fi during their time at SCET, a start-up connecting Nordic businesses to Europe’s top equipment manufacturers via an online wholesale marketplace.

“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!

“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, Founding faculty director of scet

Watch out for events organized by the Aalto Ventures Program that you can participate in: 

  • Unfolding Tomorrow – Introduction to Sustainability: Event series that provokes discussion between academia, enterprises, and government around Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and what we can do today to make tomorrow better. The first Unfolding Tomorrow session, introducing the concept of sustainability, takes place on September 15th, 2021.   
  • From Lab To Market: Speakers series that brings together various scientists-turned-entrepreneurs to share their experiences with research-based entrepreneurship.
  • Starting Up: A free online course on all things entrepreneurship – teaching you how to think like an entrepreneur and to solve real-world problems by creating something new – and bringing entrepreneurship education within everyone’s reach
  • Slush: A week-long annual event bringing together the world’s leading founders, investors, executives, and media (one of the largest startup events in the world) for a curated large-scale gathering in Helsinki, Finland. It is taking place on December 1st this year!

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 Aalto Ventures Program

Aalto Ventures Program (AVP) is the university-wide entrepreneurship education program at Aalto University, Finland, which is the first Finnish university to sign universities´ global Sustainable Development Goals Accord. AVP envisions a future where all members of the Aalto community can direct their brainpower towards reaching sustainable development goals by building like an entrepreneur. Click here to find out what’s happening in the Nordics!  

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