Collider Cup VI participants successfully pitched their startup ideas via Zoom.

The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop SCET’s top entrepreneurial talent from showcasing their startups at the flagship Collider Cup VI on May 7. 200 UC Berkeley community members, including teams, judges, mentors and guests participated in the Collider Cup via Zoom. 

Crop Up from Ricardo San Martin’s Alternative Meat Challenge Lab course snagged the top prize. Second place was awarded to Sea Warden, a finalist from Gigi Wang’s Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in January 2020. Break it Down from Sports Tech & Human Performance and UpCycle from Deplastifying the Planet tied for third place. Collider Cup attendees voted for Sea Warden as the People’s Choice winner. 

The teams originated from 11 different classes containing more than 800 students, covering areas such as Blockchain, Sports Technology & Human Performance, Alternative Meat, Deplastifying the Planet, Tech Firm Leadership, Tech Entrepreneurship, Data-X, Innovation Engineering, Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship and more.

SCET partnered with The Robert and Kathleen Dobkin Intuitive Foundation, who will provide meetings with the Crop Up and the other ranking companies for the chance to receive up to a total of $100,000 in seed funding depending on the startup’s needs in order to pursue their ventures.

The Intuitive Foundation’s mission is to support education, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the fields of engineering, technology, medicine, and science. Our collaboration aims to combine our mutual goals and foster a culture of communication and creativity between the educational process of technology, business, and entrepreneurship.

The judges for Collider Cup brought a diversity of perspectives and experience to the event.  The judges included Marvin Liao, former Partner at 500 Startups, Tamanna Khemani, Outreach Manager at Y Combinator, Gabe Fenton, President of the Intuitive Foundation, and Jay Onda, Start Up Investments for Orange SV.

At the Collider Cup, Spring 2020 SCET teaching awards were announced to recognize excellence in our classes. Ricardo San Martin was awarded the “Best Instructor” award for his exemplary dedication and innovation towards excellence in his field, curriculum development and pedagogical practices in his Alternative Meat Challenge Lab. Jenn Jia won “Best Course Coordinator” for her professionalism, responsiveness, dedication and commitment to the Innovation Engineering: 5G/AI course.

Collider Cup VI showcased the hard work of SCET students, instructors, and staff and continues to represent the innovative and mission-driven mindsets of SCET and its students. Congratulations to all on a job well done!

Collider Cup VI participants concluding the event