The Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology is the premiere institution on the UC Berkeley campus for the study and practice of “technology-centric” entrepreneurship and innovation. Since 2005, SCET has created the foundation of Berkeley’s entrepreneurship ecosystem including SkyDeck, the Fung Institute, the Engineering Leadership Professional Program, Global Venture Lab, and an extensive ecosystem of Silicon Valley and Global partners (see our history).
SCET is also known for developing the Berkeley Method, an internationally recognized approach to teaching technology entrepreneurship for undergraduates, innovation for Ph.D. students, and technology firm leadership for professionals and executives. As part of the Berkeley Innovation ecosystem, SCET also collaborates closely with the Jacob’s Institute for Design, the Haas Business School, and CITRIS Foundry.
If you are interested in New Ventures or Innovation on the Berkeley campus or anywhere in the world, the Sutardja Center is the place to be. The Center is located within the College of Engineering of UC Berkeley and its academic home is the Department Industrial Engineering & Operations Research.
Per News Release from the College of Engineering: April 21, 2015:
The Sutardja Center’s First 10 Years: Milestones
2005 With Ikhlaq Sidhu at the helm, the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology opens, offering one course to engineering undergraduates.
2007 Enrollment scales up to hundreds of undergraduates per year.
2008 The Venture Lab, an incubator for student start-ups, opens. While not taking an equity stake or providing seed funding, the Venture Lab offers guidance and mentoring on taking an idea to market, from developing a business plan to finding capital.
2009 The Global Venture Lab launches, bringing together entrepreneurship educators, researchers and practitioners from worldwide academic institutions.
2010 The center formulates a teaching curriculum that integrates depth in technical knowledge with breadth in management and business skills, leading to the launch of Berkeley Engineering’s Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership.
2011 The center launches the Engineering Leadership Professional Program, a Silicon Valley offering that prepares top-performing engineers for executive roles.
2012 SkyDeck, one of the first research university startup accelerators, opens in Berkeley, building on the Venture Lab’s model of fostering entrepreneurship through industry engagement.
2013 The center’s Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship gains international recognition as a successful model for teaching technology entrepreneurship.
2015 The naming of the Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology recognizes the cornerstone commitment of benefactors Pantas Sutardja and Ting Chuk.
Berkeley Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology celebrated its 10-year anniversary today (April 21, 2015) by announcing a generous gift from Pantas Sutardja and Ting Chuk that will help hundreds more students invent products, start companies, and chart their course as industry innovators.
Global technology entrepreneurs themselves, the benefactors, both graduates of Berkeley Engineering, added a challenge grant to encourage matching gifts to the renamed Pantas and TingSutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology.
“We are profoundly grateful to Pantas and Ting for investing in the aspirations of our students,” said S. Shankar Sastry, Dean and Carlson Professor of Engineering. “Their generosity will magnify the impact of our students’ career paths by fostering entrepreneurial practice and by translating technological expertise into marketplace innovation.”
Built from a single course in 2005 to a robust program of courses and lectures that now serve more than 1,000 students each semester, the Sutardja Center claims dozens of student startups among its successes. Among them is Eko Devices, which recently closed a $2 million funding round for its digital stethoscope attachment.
Berkeley Engineering faculty Ikhlaq Sidhu and Ken Singer, along with Phil Kaminsky, chair of the Industrial Engineering & Operations Research Department and the Sutardja Center’s faculty director, designed the center’s “Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship” to teach students how to launch and sustain technology ventures. The curriculum, lauded as a national model by the National Science Foundation, uses game-based learning to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset.
The new gift will extend the Sutardja Center’s course offerings to a broader range of students, from first-year undergraduates to graduate students. The gift will also open up the Sutardja Center’s Venture Lab incubator to more student-led initiatives.
Pantas Sutardja (B.S. ’83, M.S.’85, Ph.D. ’88 EECS) is cofounder of Marvell Technology Group, a semiconductor company with operations worldwide. Ting Chuk (B.S. ’85 EECS) was a design engineer at Rockwell and Xerox, among other companies. The two are active in the life of the College of Engineering and were cornerstone benefactors to CITRIS (the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society), a multi-campus institute headquartered at Berkeley Engineering. Their two sons are currently undergraduate students in the college.
“We heard about the CET program and were so curious to learn more about it that we sat in on one of their classes,” said Pantas Sutardja. “We were very impressed with the enthusiasm of all the students and their ability to articulate and present their projects. Berkeley has such strong academic credentials. We hope that our support will enable more Berkeley students to take what they learn here and create a culture of innovation wherever they go.”
Founding Board of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology
The plaque reproduced below is in appreciation for the Center’s Founding Board, who developed the Center from its beginnings in 2005, including a founding team of Jon Burgstone, Stacey Lawson, Ikhlaq Sidhu, Dean Richard Newton, IEOR Chair Lee Schruben, and all the founding board members. The Center has over time laid the foundation for the SkyDeck, the Fung Institute, Global Venture Lab, Engineering Leadership and Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and other major new activities of the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley.