The Lester Center sponsors three speaker series open to members of the community as well as students, faculty and staff at UC Berkeley:
The Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum is a presentation held during the academic year featuring a networking hour followed by a presentation on a topic of interest to entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and members of supporting professional organizations. There is a fee for this program, and annual memberships are available. (Presentations are available for on-line viewing approximately three weeks after the original event. See the Video Library.)
The Entrepreneurial Best Practices Series has been designed to help entrants to the UC Berkeley Startup Competition and the Global Social Venture Competition develop their business plan. However, its highly practical sessions are also open to the general public at no cost. There are no reservations and seats are on a first come, first seated basis.
The Life as an Entrepreneur Speaker Series is held in the Fall on select Tuesday evenings at 5 PM, featuring distinguished entrepreneurs from organizations at various stages of development and representing a broad range of industries. Entrepreneurs discuss how their organizations were created and share the lessons they learned.
The Lester Center makes selected videos of sponsored events available for on-line viewing through our Video Library.
The Lester Center supports three premier startup competitions at Berkeley-Haas:
- LAUNCH: the UC Berkeley Startup Competition
- The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC)
- The Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC)
From 2005 to 2013, the Lester Center sponsored the Intel Global Challenge at UC-Berkeley. The challenge has been discontinued, but information about past challenges is available on this page.
The Lester Center also works with Skydeck to create a nurturing atmosphere for start-up companies created by current and recent UC Berkeley students.
The Lester Center has teamed up with the Haas School’s Center for Executive Education to create programs that introduce the concepts of entrepreneurship and venture capital to the business community. For information about this course, as well as other relevant courses offered in collaboration with the Center for Executive Education, visit their website.
Once you have an entrepreneurial idea (or many!), there are a wide variety of paths you can take. Whether you are passionate about consumer IT solutions, social ventures, biotech, venture capital, or energy, the Lester Center has a place for you to explore and meet like-minded entrepreneurs.