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Entrepreneurial Resources

August 2014 Events

Women in Entrepreneurship
Monday, August 11, 5:30 - 8 pm, Skydeck, 2150 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
A focused panel discussion with Erica Warp of Kizoom, Aihua Fu of NVIGEN Inc., Heather Heine of Talking 20 Inc., Bharava Parikh of CellScape Corporation and Nelli Theyer of Genentech. Free. Hosted by the Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneur Program. Register here.

Seed Stage Investor Elevator Pitch 
Tuesday, August 12, 6 - 8:30 pm, Pillsbury Law, Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor, San Francisco
Present your company and ideas to seed stage angels and learn how to raise early stage capital in today's market. Ten guaranteed pitch slot tickets are confirmed during registration on a first come, first served basis. All entrepreneurs are encouraged to register and attend, even if not planning to pitch. Hosted by VC Task Force. Register here.

Innovate Berkeley - Dinner with CISCO Systems Urban Innovation Director Gordon Feller
Thursday, August 14, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, Impact HUB Berkeley, 2150 Allston Way, Ste. 400, Berkeley
Dinner and discussion on the impact of technology on the world's urban problems. Thought leader Gordon Feller focuses on developing practical, forward-looking solutions where technology, policy and economics intersect. Hosted by Impact HUB Berkeley. Registration required.

Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum - 2014-15 Angel & VC Financing Overview
Thursday, August 28, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Andersen Auditorium, Haas School of Business, Berkeley
A panel of angel and venture capital (VC) investors discuss early stage investing during the past year and the future investment environment. Key metrics for VC investments / exits and critical VC term sheets for Q2 2014 will also be presented. Sponsored by Fenwick and West LLP. Registration required.

Courses, Workshops and Conferences

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Bay Area Incubators Contact List. Possible office space, mentors and investment partners.

Berkeley Skydeck Accelerator, a startup accelerator and technology entrepreneurship center operated by the University of California, Berkeley.

Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneur Program (BPEP) fosters entrepreneurship in the UC Berkeley postdoctoral and graduate community by providing tools, mentoring and a platform for science-business communication to enable research innovations to move into the marketplace.

Center for Commercialization & Entrepreneurial Training (CCET) is the education/training arm of Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC), in partnership with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

Alameda County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers classes, consulting services and business planning resources for new and small businesses throughout Alameda County.

The UCSF Center for BioEntrepreneurship offers classes, programs, and resources to assist   entrepreneurs and leaders in the life science industry.

The UC Berkeley College of Engineering's Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (CET) fosters high-tech venture creation. Classes, an annual competition, and programs serve engineers and scientists.

The Hass Business School's Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is a primary locus at the University of California, Berkeley for the study and promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation in management and new enterprise development.

The UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship  is a springboard for innovations developed in university research programs. Through a broad range of experiences and programs, the Center helps science and engineering undergrads, graduate students, researchers, post-doctoral researchers and faculty move their ideas out of the lab and into the world. Programs are open to researchers from national and international universities.

SVASE, the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs, is the largest and fastest growing nonprofit association in Northern California dedicated exclusively to helping early stage entrepreneurs across all technology sectors build successful companies.

The Cleantech Group, formerly the Cleantech Venture Network, pioneered clean technology as an investment category in 2002. The company provides market-leading research and data, industry insight, access to innovation and deal flow, news coverage, sales leads, networking events, promotional/brand-building opportunities and custom advisory services to accelerate the development and market adoption of clean technologies.   

The Berkeley Startup Cluster (BSC) is a collaboration of UC Berkeley, the City of Berkeley, the East Bay Green Corridor, the Downtown Berkeley Association and private sector companies to establish an area in downtown Berkeley as a thriving destination for technology-oriented startups, investors, entrepreneurs and establised tech companies. BSC promotes office space near the UC Berkeley campus that is conducive to R&D-oriented startups. The organization also orchestrates networking events to foster relationships and business opportunities.

Otherlab! develops enabling new technologies through an emphasis on prototyping coupled to rigorous physics simulation and mathematical models. 


The UC Berkeley Startup Competition, Bplan, website provides helpful resource links: is an online information resource for entrepreneurs and supporters of entrepreneurship. It provides information coded by stage of business development. EntreWorld is a collaborative project created and maintained by entrepreneurs and coordinated by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

The Stanford University Technology Ventures Program provides a free online collection of entrepreneurship resources through their "Educator's Corner." You can watch videos and webcasts of talks by prominent venture capitalists and entrepreneurs giving advice about how to raise funding for a start-up, how to negotiate valuations, learning to take risks (Larry Page), common mistakes that entrepreneurs make, and other relevant topics. To see all the resources go to

Resources for the entrepreneur from the MIT Sloan School of Management can be found at:

Online rating and review of the funding sources including VCs:

Information on the components of a good business plan can be found at:

Blogs on emerging technologies/products:

Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) fosters, supports and promotes entrepreneurship for women.

Silcon Valley Forum (SVForum) sponsors Special Interest Groups (SIGs), monthly dinner meetings, free business clinics, seminars and electronic forums.


"Bad Customer Development Questions and How to Avoid My Mistakes," from Kevin Dewalt's Blog

"How to Start Your Own Business," an article from Laser Focus World

"Prepare Yourself to Become an Entrepreneur, " an article from Laser Focus World

"How to Get Help from Outside Professionals," an article from Laser Focus World.

"Developing Your Business Plan," an article from Laser Focus World.

"Raising Money: Some Tips on Working with Venture Capitalists," is a white paper written by Onset Ventures General Partner, Darlene Mann.

"How to Find the Right Investors for Your Business," an article from Laser Focus World.

"How to Interview Potential Customers for Feedback," an article written by product manager Cindy Alvarez.


Cleantech Open provides resources, education and support for clean tech entrepreneurs. Activities include the Annual Business Competition, Mentoring, Sustainability Workshops, a series of Public Symposia and Resource Directory.

The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Haas School of Business offers a variety of opportunities to work with MBA students to showcase innovative technologies in four premier business plan competitions.


For general information on starting a venture see the Small Business Administration website.

For information on the Small Business Administration's programs supporting research and development businesses see:

For funding opportunities for high risk, high payoff concepts - technologies promising true energy transformations, see DOE's ARPA-E website:

SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) provides a chance to win part of the more than $1 billion in funding available each year from Federal Government sources to small firms for R&D projects. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Small Business Administration.


The Technology Transfer Department has a webpage covering Berkeley Lab Conflict of Interest in Licensing policies.

Other Technology Transfer Related Resources

•  Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management Department work s closely with the Lab's Sponsored Projects Office on Lab research that is not funded by the Department of Energy (DOE).

•  Berkeley Lab is operated by the University of California. Information about the University's technology transfer can be found at the UC Office of Technology Transfer .

•  Association of University Technology Managers sponsors courses, conferences, and events on tech transfer; publishes sample standard agreements, lists patent, copyright, trademark, government/university TT resources available online.



Last updated: 08/12/2014