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- White House Announces Program Partnership with Brazil
In a press release, the White House has announced that the Haas School of Business will establish a pilot entrepreneurship training program with universities in Brazil to teach scientists and entrepreneurs how to take ideas to market, based on the Lester Center’s NSF I-Corps and Lean Launchpad programs.
Read the news story. Read the White House press release.
- The B-school lean startup revolution is underway
A 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
Announcing the 2015 Finals Winners of
LAUNCH: the UC Berkeley Startup Competition
Grand Prize: Transcense
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 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
May 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
Haas 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
Research 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 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
Kirsten 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?
In 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.