What is SCET?
The Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) is where aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators take deep dives into the world of technology entrepreneurship and innovation. Since 2005, SCET has created the foundation of Berkeley’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and an extensive network of Silicon Valley and global partners. SCET is housed within the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department within the College of Engineering and we are proud to contribute to the entrepreneurship ecosystem at UC Berkeley, the No. 2 school in the world for entrepreneurs!
Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technology
The SCET Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technology is open to any UC Berkeley student from any major. There is also no application to be able to pursue the Certificate, only a completion application. Students can earn the Certificate by completing any of our three tracks: coursework, startup, or study abroad.
SCET courses offer UC Berkeley students the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and technology through the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship, an award-winning teaching method that was developed at SCET. In our classes, students will learn from experts in their fields, as well as their classmates, and address real-world problems through hands-on group projects. Students have the chance to build networks, learn how to start and grow their own start up, and strengthen transferrable skills in areas such as leadership, teamwork, and communication. The mindsets and skills introduced in SCET classes prepare students to become innovative leaders in their industry, jobs or ventures regardless of the field.
Our courses are open to all Cal students, regardless of major, and students can take our classes as early as their freshman year as long as their curriculum requirements allow for it. We welcome students from diverse backgrounds because we feel the collision of different perspectives and skills can help create new ideas!
SCET Student Innovation Fellows
Participate in Entrepreneurial Experiences and Form Genuine Connections with Other Aspiring Innovators
The SCET Student Innovation Fellows program allows students to engage in entrepreneurship and innovation experiences through comfort zone challenges, events with distinguished entrepreneurs, innovation competitions and creation of new venture projects.
The program is structured as a game where Innovation Fellows will earn points for completing entrepreneurial activities. The program features prizes such as quality time with famous innovators, gift certificates and other swag.
Innovation Fellows completing the 12-week program earn the Innovation Fellow title which can be placed on a resume or CV.
Featured Courses and Labs
Newton Lecture Series
The Newton Lecture Series recognizes the entrepreneurial vision of A. Richard Newton, Dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering from 2000 to 2007, by inviting distinguished innovators to share lessons from their own successes and failures. This course is required for the SCET Certificate. Click below to learn more about previous speakers who have come to share their experience with our students.
Challenge Lab classes are designed to lead students through the venture creation project from idea to pitching to panels of investors and expert faculty. In a competition-based format, students work in cross-discipline lean start-up teams vying to create innovative products. Through frequent interaction with the sponsors and mentors, student teams will develop a working prototype and a "white paper."
The Data-X framework is designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice as well as academia and industry, by exposing students to state-of-the-art implementation techniques and mindsets. This highly-applied course surveys a variety of key of concepts and tools that are useful for designing and building data science, AI, and Machine Learning applications and systems.
What our Students are Saying about SCET
"The most impactful gift Berkeley continually gives its students is opportunity. Being involved with programs like SCET opens so many doors for self-discovery and interdisciplinary integration. I've learned, and keep learning, that the opportunity is out there. All I have to do is reach for it."
- Anika Ramachandran, M.E.T. (Engineering and Business) '22
"I've found a home at SCET. Over the past few semesters, I've grown immensely, having met very inspiring people and doing things I never expected to such as conducting research and helping run classes. I'm extremely lucky to be here, and can't wait for more exciting experiences!"
- Mudit Goyal, B.A. Cognitive Science '19
See What Started Here
The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology is where aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators take deep dives into the world of technology entrepreneurship & innovation, and continue on the path to developing exciting new ventures. Here are some of the entrepreneurs, startups and institutions that got their start at our center.
Co-Founder & CEO at Imprint Energy
Co-Founder & CEO at GoGoVan
Co-Founder & CEO at Prime Roots
Founder at Aluna
More Than Just a Center, SCET is a Community - Come Join Us!
The videos below are recordings of our CalWeek sessions from 2020 and 2021 which were geared towards newly admitted students. Check out the different videos to learn more about entrepreneurship at Cal and what SCET has to offer!