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Business + Technology + Silicon Valley = M.E.T. Entrepreneurs

According to the venture capital research outfit Pitchbook, more startup founders and companies come out of Berkeley than from any other universities. As an M.E.T. student, you join a hive of entrepreneurial activity here 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.

Be a Berkeley Innovator

Through M.E.T.’s connections to both Berkeley Engineering and the Haas School of Business, you’re at the center of all things entrepreneur at Berkeley. 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, working closely with industry mentors.

Build Your Network

Enter one of numerous startup competitions and receive exposure, prize money and potential additional 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 sampling 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.

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Berkeley Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Berkeley Gateway to Innovation

“Everyone in M.E.T. is very motivated and wants to create something new. There are so many resources at Cal to help students innovate and take their products and ideas to the next step and commercialize them”
Avanthika Ramesh, M.E.T. '20
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