The Summer 2022 program is planned to be in person and details will be posted here by end of November. Current information below is for the Summer 2021 program.
Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation - VIRTUAL FOR 2021
Join the European Innovation Academy for an intensive, fast-paced learning experience, where you will learn from more than 100 venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, executives from Silicon Valley companies, and experts while building your own startup with like-minded students from around the world. Graduates of the program automatically earn the UC Berkeley Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology.
The European Innovation Academy (EIA) is the largest entrepreneurship course focused on technological innovations.
The accelerated online program turns an idea into a startup in just 15 days! Berkeley alumni of the program have gone on to create companies worth tens of millions of dollars that are addressing large societal needs, such as Foresight Mental Health, The Farmer’s Dog, Higher Rewards, and others.
The goal of this course is to give students a hands-on, real-life experience creating a startup with students from around the world. In 2021, there will be more than 400 students participating in 80 different countries. The course challenges participants to innovate, overcome obstacles, and grow rapidly; with the goal of creating a business valued at 100M EUR or more.
The most modern tools and technology (e.g. AI) will be used to make sure that the experience is engaging and interactive for students. Theory courses are filmed and presented like a Netflix mini-series, with each episode teaching a new theoretical concept in an engaging way. Mentoring takes place live, giving students an opportunity to interact with their mentors daily.
The course is led by the top tech speakers, mentors, and investors from around the world who leverage the skills, mindset, and knowledge, necessary to coach and inspire participants to achieve set goals. The most modern tools and technology (e.g AI) are used in order to make sure that the experience is engaging and interactive for students. The most modern tools and technology (e.g AI) will be used to make sure that the experience is engaging and interactive for students. Theory courses are filmed and presented as a Netflix mini-series, with each episode teaching a new theoretical concept in an engaging way. Mentoring takes place live, giving students an opportunity to interact with their mentors daily.
The course is led by the top tech speakers, mentors, and investors from around the world who leverage the skills, mindset, and knowledge, necessary to coach and inspire participants to achieve set goals.
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Information Session 1
Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PST — Register
Information Session 2
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. PST — Register
Information Session 3
Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. PST - Register
Summer Opportunities Fair
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PST - Register
Thursday, March 11, 2021, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. PST— Register
How to Apply
Interested students can apply for this program through Berkeley Study Abroad.
The program is divided into 3 parts:
IEOR 192: Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (2 units) - Graded or P/NP
The Berkeley Leadership Week: The first week of the program leverages the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMoE) methodology to prepare students to build startups in the next phase of the program. This week focuses on building leadership skills through experiential learning.
IEOR 185: Challenge Lab (4 units) - Graded or P/NP
UC Berkeley Students will join the world’s largest extreme entrepreneurship program - The European Innovation Academy - Where they will develop an idea for a tech start-up in 15 days.
Field Experience: Project-based Placement with Start-Up Organization (Co-curricular Capstone)
Students complete project-based work directly with an established international company to gain the professional experience and practical skills needed to become a leader in the field.
Items to note:
- All course content will be delivered online. Students must have access to a computer and reliable internet.
- Courses are for a letter grade
- Students receive the SCET Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technology upon completion of summer abroad
Dates: June 28 - August 13, 2021 (Subject to Change)
Units: 6 units
Language of Instruction: English
- At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
- 2.0 GPA or higher
- Application opens February 1, 2021
- All applicants must complete a 15-minute pre-application advising session before submitting an application. Applicants can apply (coming soon) to schedule a session.
- Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
- Deadline to apply is March 15, 2021
Sneak Peak into EIA
Entrepreneurship and Innovation VC Panel hosted by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Virtual Summer Abroad and the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology