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  • The B-school lean startup revolution is underway

    Steve BlankA story in Fortune magazine highlights Steve Blank’s class at Haas, which rejects the traditional model of business development. Instead, students develop bare-bones prototypes, talk to dozens of prospective partners, investors, and customers – and must be ready to pivot on a dime. Read more.

  • Announcing the Winners of the LAUNCH Finals

    LAUNCHAnnouncing the 2015 Finals Winners of
    LAUNCH: the UC Berkeley Startup Competition
    Grand Prize: Transcense
    Runner-up: xendit
    Faculty Choice: DeviceFarm
    Audience Choice: Optucourse
    Read more about the Competition and Winners

  • Matching Gift Opportunity for Lester Center Endowment

    Thanks to the generosity of alumni Allan (Haas BS 62, MBA 69) and Marguerite Johnson (BA 60), we have an opportunity to boost the Lester Center endowment right now and help solidify our support for entrepreneurship. The Johnsons will provide a 2 to 1 match of all gifts to the Lester Center endowment before June 30. Read more. Make a gift now.

  • Cal is Headed for #1 in Startups

    Rebecca LynnRebecca Lynn (MBA/JD 08), general partner, Canvas Venture Fund. Lynn is rallying entrepreneur grads from here alma mater to help UC Berkeley become “the number one school for entrepreneurship in the very near future.” Cal is number two globally behind Stanford when venture backed companies run by ex-undergrads are counted. Read more.

  • Apply for FREE Lean Launchpad Training with NSF I-Corps

    NSFMay 29, 2015 is the Round 1 Application Deadline for Summer 2015 Cohort of the NSF Innovation Corps Program. The course is based on the Lean Launchpad methodology pioneered by UC Berkeley and Stanford Faculty member Steve Blank.
    Read more. Apply for the program.

  • VIDEO: the Other “F” Word: Capitalizing on Failure

    John Danner and Mark CoopersmithHaas faculty and Lester Center Senior Fellows John Danner and Mark Coopersmith have combined their years of experience as senior-level executives, advisors and thought leaders to offer a process for harnessing lessons learned to improve future outcomes in an upcoming book.  Read more
    Watch a video clip about the book.

  • Lester Faculty Featured in California Management Review

    CMRResearch from Lester faculty is featured in the latest issue of Berkeley-Haas’ quarterly management journal. The issue includes contributions from Lester Center faculty director Prof. Toby Stuart (3D robotics), and Jerome Engel, senior fellow at the Lester Center (global clusters of innovation).
    The issue also features an article from Prof. Henry Chesbrough on engaging with startups.
    Read More. See articles on JSTOR.

  • Patrick Awuah, MBA 99, Receives Haas International Award

    Patrick AwuahPatrick Awuah, MBA 99, has received the 2015 Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award, for his work as an educational leader who founded Ashesi University in Ghana. One of the university’s most prestigious honors, the award is bestowed annually to a UC Berkeley alumna or alumnus with a distinguished record of service to his or her country. Read more.

  • Revolution Foods in the 50 Most Innovative Companies List

    Revolution FoodsKirsten Tobey and Kristin Richmond-Groos, both MBA 06, won the GSVC Grand Prize in 2006 for their company which serves healthy and attractive lunches to school kids. Revolution Foods has now been named one of Fast Company’s 50 most innovative companies for 2015. Read more.

  • Can Corporations Be Taught to Innovate Like Startups?

    HypershiftIn their new book, Hypershift, Lester Center executive director Andre Marquis and Senior Fellow Manav Subodh share how big companies can tap the innovation secrets of Berkeley-Haas startups to enter new markets, establish brand leadership, and unlock value. Read more.

  • Berkeley Founders Get Funded

    Entrepreneurs with UC-Berkeley undergraduate degrees founded 284 companies that received $2.4 billion in VC financing from 2009 through August, 2014, according to PitchBook. UCB’s ranking was second only to Stanford and above that of MIT or Harvard. Read more.