According to the venture capital research outfit, Pitchbook, more startup founders and companies come out of Berkeley than from any other university. As an M.E.T. student, you’ll join a hive of entrepreneurial activity at Berkeley and plug into the thriving innovation of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. Our founders are key players in this expansive ecosystem, and our professional board is eager to mentor and encourage your creative drive.
Innovate at M.E.T.
Work closely with motivated and entrepreneurial peers who are on target to become future leaders.
Connect with Silicon Valley.
Take advantage of UC Berkeley’s local connection to the best and the brightest in the Silicon Valley.
Launch your startup.
Get ready to launch! Many of our students graduate with their startup dream already in the works.
Business + Technology + Silicon Valley = M.E.T. Entrepreneurs
Be a Berkeley Innovator
Through M.E.T.’s connections to both Berkeley’s College of Engineering and the Haas School of Business, you’ll be at the center of all things entrepreneurial. Whether you want to join a startup team, launch and lead your own business, develop a social enterprise, or explore venture capitalism—you can do it here.
Take your great ideas to the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program or the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology and get hands-on experience launching new ventures and working closely with industry mentors.
Build Your Network
Enter one of numerous startup competitions and receive exposure, prize money, and potential funding. Or, earn a spot in a campus accelerator/incubator like Skydeck or Citris Foundry and get mentorship and resources to bring your idea to life.
Some Berkeley students use their experience in campus entrepreneurial programs to launch their teams into prestigious industry incubators like Y Combinator. Others take advantage of awards such as the Dean’s Startup Seed Fund, or join one of many student entrepreneur groups.
Here’s just a sample of Berkeley alumni in entrepreneurial careers:
- The man behind Pokémon Go, John Hanke, MBA’96, CEO of Niantic Labs.
- Christine Ho, B.S.’05, Ph.D.’10 MSE, and Brooks Kincaid, MBA’11, cofounders of Imprint Energy, whose flexible battery is revolutionizing the wearable and Internet of Things markets.
- Connor Landgraf, B.S.’13, M.Eng.’14 BioE, whose Eko Devices smart stethoscope was named a 2015 Best Invention by Time Magazine.
- University Medalist and Rhodes Scholar, Ankur Luthra, B.S.’03 EECS & B.S.’03 Business, founder of the investment firm, Finchwood Capital.
Coming into Berkeley as a freshman, I wasn’t expecting to be able to talk to industry leaders and entrepreneurs who have so much experience and success in their fields. That’s definitely something I’m thankful for.
IEOR + Business ’21
There are so many challenges within the esports industry that are either tech or business related. You need technology advancements to push the boundaries of where esports can go, but you also need to find new marketing opportunities, like expanding into new demographics. The M.E.T. dual degree trained me for both.
Former Finance & Operations Intern
EECS + Business ’21
My favorite thing about M.E.T has to be the close-knit cohort of like-minded peers. In my year alone, there are tons of students talking on group chats, completing projects, entering competitions, and making startups together. I even have some of my closest friends within the department.
EECS + Business ’23