(Recommended Starting Point). The Newton Lecture Series allows students to explore entrepreneurship, innovation, and career opportunities. The course boasts a changing roster of innovators, entrepreneurs, and Silicon Valley executives and is an entry to the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and TechnologyThis course is required for the Undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology

INDENG 171: Technology Firm Leadership (Fall & Spring: 3 units)

This course will immerse students in leadership and management concepts, principles, mindsets, behaviors, and philosophies. The course will focus on building and leading effective teams, and how leadership affects the ultimate success of an organization. The class will explore new startups and mature corporations, and students will examine the techniques required for success in various entities. Students will get a sense of what management and leadership are, how both impact an organization, and ways leaders and managers can grow and improve to ensure an organization is optimally managed and led. The goal is to arm students with tools they will need to effectively manage and lead organizations now and in the future.

INDENG 185: Challenge Lab  - Multiple Topics/ Sections (Fall & Spring: 4 units)

In a competition-based format, students work in cross-discipline lean start-up teams vying to create innovative products. Teams will navigate realistic weekly challenges introduced through case studies. They will understand real-world constraints, use rapid iterative build, and validate development methods. Through frequent interaction with the sponsors and mentors, student teams will develop a working prototype and a "white paper."

Section 1: Internet 3.0

Develop the next iteration of the internet.

Section 2: Plant-Based Meat 2.0

Interested in creating the next generation of healthy, delicious, affordable and sustainable plant-based protein foods? Embark on a unique, team-based challenge to build novel enterprises to address the most pressing envi­ronmental and ethical issues of our times.  Unique opportunity for students with experience or demonstrated interest in life sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, biotechnology, plant biology, chemical engineering, design and mechanical engineering.  Undergraduate or graduate students with complementary skills such as business, computer science, etc. are also welcomed.

Section 3: Open Topic Challenge Lab

Do you have an idea for a startup? Are you working on a startup but need more resources (time, mentoring, human capital)? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this is the Challenge Lab section for you.

INDENG 186: Product Management (3 units)

This course teaches students the necessary product management skills to become a product manager. Students will learn the attributes of great product managers, the tools to reduce risk and cost while accelerating time to market, product life cycle, stakeholder management, and effective development processes. Note: this course replaces 190D.

INDENG 190a: Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship & Innovation 

The Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship & Innovation is an introductory course intended to be taken along with the Newton Lecture Series.  Through lectures, exercises, and games, the course demystifies entrepreneurship with is a combination of entrepreneurial mindset and processes that lead to new project, new companies, and market driven innovations.   Content of the course covers opportunity recognition, idea generation, execution, business models, market validation, team building, communication attracting resources, product design, sales, marketing, and funding models all with an objective of creating new projects, new ventures, and impactful innovation.  The course prepares students for innovative projects such as in Challenge Lab, Collider Workshop, Venture Lab, and other Berkeley Method approved courses.

INDENG 190b: Finance for Entrepreneurs (Fall; 2 units)

Finance for Entrepreneurs cover the fundamentals on how to setup a startup.  This course is for students looking to build a scalable business with a need to learn the basic language of finance. In addition to learning the fundamentals of accounting and finance, this course will include the following topics: building a business model, developing financial plans, setting up an accounting system, incorporating, recruiting, fundraising, stock allocations, and negotiating with investors.

INDENG 190c: Collider Project (Fall & Spring; variable units)

A Collider Project is a specific project available to all students of all disciplines, from undergraduate, graduate and Postdoc. Previous projects include industry partners and topics such as Amazon, Kabam, Imprint Energy, VICI Labs, Blockchain, Big Data and more. Graduate students can receive credit for collider projects as part of the Management of Technology Innovation Program (MTI), while undergraduate students may count this experiential project towards the CET Undergraduate Certificate.

INDENG 190d: Data-X: A Course on Data, Systems and Signals (Fall: 3 units) - technical course

This highly-applied course surveys a variety of key of concepts and tools that are useful for designing and building applications that process data signals of information. The course introduces modern open source, computer programming tools, libraries, and code samples that can be used to implement data applications. The mathematical concepts highlighted in this course include filtering, prediction, classification, decision-making, Markov chains, LTI systems, spectral analysis, and frameworks for learning from data. Each math concept is linked to implementation using Python using libraries for math array functions (NumPy), manipulation of tables (Pandas), long term storage (SQL, JSON, CSV files), natural language (NLTK), and ML frameworks (ScikitLearn, TensorFlow).

The course includes a team based data application project. This course is however, designed to be more applied than a traditional ML algorithms course because an entrepreneurially-relevant, agile, and design-oriented application development process is also integrated with the project portion of the course. The project lab section of the course meets in parallel with the lecture. In the lab, the first 4 weeks are used to generate a story and low-tech demo for a real-world project that performs actions on data, and the following 8 weeks will include code development, with a demonstration of working project code by the end of the class. The skill set learned in this class can be applied to a broad range of industry sectors such as finance, health, engineering, transportation, energy, and many others.

INDENG 190E Lean Transfer (Fall: 3 units)

The Lean Transfer course provides hands-on learning for building deep technology startups. Based on Steve Blank’s Lean Launchpad courses taught at Haas and COE, participants will form teams around existing UC Berkeley IP. Inventors will serve as technical advisors to the teams, but students will do the work of talking to customers, partners, competitors, etc. as they search for a product-market fit that will lead to a scalable business model. No prior business experience or training is necessary, but teams will be required to “get out of the building” and conduct at least 100 customer interviews.

This course provides real world, hands-on learning on what it’s like to actually start a high-tech company. This class is not about how to write a business plan. It’s not an exercise on how smart you are in a classroom, or how well you use the research library to size markets. And the end result is not a PowerPoint slide deck for a VC presentation or a Y-Combinator Demo Day. And it is most definitely not an incubator where you come to build the “hot-idea” that you have in mind.

This class combines theory with a ton of hands-on practice. Our goal, within the constraints of a classroom and a limited amount of time, is to give you a framework to test the business model of a startup while creating all of the pressures and demands of the real world in an early stage start up. The class is designed to give you the experience of how to work as a team and turn an idea into a company. Visit the website for more information: http://berkeleyleanlaunchpad.com/


INDENG 191: Technology Entrepreneurship (Fall & Spring: 3 units)

This Entrepreneurship course is designed for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. This experiential learning course introduces key entrepreneurial concepts relevant to the high-technology world and how to take ideas to real products and start companies. Topics include the entrepreneurial process, customer discovery process, conducting market research, funding options, entrepreneurial finance and creation of the material for a business plan.  Students undertake intensive study of actual business situations through case studies, lectures and class discussions.  Several guest speakers (entrepreneurs, investors, lawyers) are invited to speak to the class throughout the semester. The final outcome will be a short business plan Executive Summary and team presentations to a panel of investors.

This course is about developing an entrepreneurial mindset and will enable students develop their own toolkit to overcome the myriad challenges they will face in creating a scalable business.  The mindset and toolkit is useful for those who want to launch or join a startup as well as those who seek to innovate within a large company.

This course will focus on entrepreneurship; on developing business plans that are appropriate for sophisticated angel and/or professional (especially venture capital) investors.  Accordingly, most of the cases to be prepared in the class involve technology companies (i.e. the sorts of businesses in which professional venture capitalists invest).  Notwithstanding that focus, the lessons to be learned in the class about entrepreneurial businesses are certainly applicable to non-technology businesses.

The driving force behind startup ventures are entrepreneurs – those individuals who have the courage, insight, knowledge, intensity and luck to attempt to achieve great business results without resources remotely sufficient for the job (or so it seems at first).

Do you want to learn about start-ups and what it takes to build one?  The Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Boot-camp is a four and a half day intensive program (August 15 – 19, 2016 – week BEFORE regular classes) offered by the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET).  It is a cornerstone of SCET’s entrepreneurship curriculum and provides students hands-on experience to conceptualize and launch a start-up business beginning with idea generation, team formation, and learning the essential building blocks in order to develop a compelling venture plan. The program is designed around Sutardja Center’s Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMoE), setting the groundwork for further Sutardja Center course study and new venture incubation.

This method leverages a layered framework of:

  • Theory & Cases
  • Mindset and Entrepreneurial Cutlure
  • Networking Facilitated through Mentoring

The format enables access to noteworthy industry speakers and mentors, along with top faculty to deliver intensive training on successful entrepreneurship and new venture creation.

The program is intended for those who want an intensive understanding of concepts in entrepreneurship, including pre-formed business teams and individuals with a business idea or interest. So whether you are just exploring, starting off or fine-tuning an idea, you will will gain insights from the modular learning format final challenge that reflects your development stage.  Go to http://scet.berkeley.edu/bmoe-2016/ for more information.

Approved Electives not offered by SCET (check with the home department for scheduling):
  • Engineering 120: Principles of Engineering Economics (1 unit applies towards E&T)
  • INDENG 170: Industrial Design and Human Factors (2 units apply towards E&T)
  • UGBA 105: Leading People (1 unit applies towards E&T)
  • UGBA 190T: Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs (1 unit applies towards E&T)
  • CS 294-84: Integrated Device Design (2 units apply towards E&T)
  • CS 294-85: Critical Making (2 units apply towards E&T)
  • Mec Eng 110: Introduction to Product Development (2 unit applies towards E&T)
  • Sociology 121: Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Social and Cultural Context (2 units apply towards E&T)
  • IAS 150: Social Innovator On Ramp (2 units apply towards E&T)
  • *Courses from the list of approved Electives will count towards the Undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology