Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Program (BPEP) aims to foster entrepreneurship in the UC Berkeley postdoctoral and graduate community. We provide tools, mentoring, and a platform for science-business communication to enable research innovations to move into the marketplace.  We believe entrepreneurship is an integral part of UC Berkeley's ethos, and aim to build a community of entrepreneurship among UC Berkeley's postdocs.

News and Announcements

March 12 2017

BPEP has launched of the Science Fellows Program in collaboration with the CITRIS Foundry, the University of California accelerator for founders building transformative technology companies. The Science Fellows Program (SFP) will connect postdoctoral scientists with the startups at CITRIS Foundry, and the general entrepreneurial community at the University of California, Berkeley. See more details here.

BPEP Workshops & Events


Apply now for our next FORM+FUND workshop series!

Applications are open for our Spring 2018 FORM+FUND workshop series! Apply here:

In order to be considered for one of the 10 BPEP spots, the applicant should include BPEP in the answer of the second question: "Please describe your affiliation with the University of California." 

The FORM+FUND workshops are held once every two weeks at UC Berkeley Law School (exact dates TBD). Workshop capacity is extremely limited (the Fall 2017 FORM+FUND was at capacity) and priority will be given to entrepreneurs who enroll in the full series. Workshops include:
  • Startup Law 101
  • Startup Law 102
  • Intellectual Property Strategy 
  • Raising Capital  
  • Compensation and Hiring 
  • Introduction to Startup Accounting
  • Data Privacy for Startups  
  • FORM+FUND Investor Showcase (featuring presentations from leading Silicon Valley investors and Berkeley incubators) 
The FORM+FUND workshops are two-hour programs that address the operational, financial, and legal components of starting and scaling a successful business. Each workshop features introductions and office hours hosted by leading Silicon Valley attorneys, entrepreneurs, and/or venture capitalists. During Fall 2017, we hosted leaders from Kapor Capital, AngelList, Lakestar, Y Combinator and more as special FORM+FUND guests. 
If selected, FORM+FUND Fellows are given priority registration for every workshop. Fellows are also invited to attend office hours with attorneys from Silicon Valley law firms as well as to a private Slack channel. These entrepreneurs will also be awarded a FORM+FUND Fellowship certificate and an invitation to the FORM+FUND Investor Showcase.

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Startup Opportunities & Challenges in US and Abroad

Thursday, September 28th, 2017 from 6pm in Stanley Hall 105 (UC Berkeley Campus)

Nurturing entrepreneurship has always been one of the main goals of academic and government intuitions all over the world. The US has played important and critical roles in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, but this is a global phenomena. US inventors have global interests, and international entrepreneurs have made great strides in the US as well. (full description)


Wednesday April 19th, 2017 from 5-7:00 in Bancroft hotel (Bancroft Way x College Ave)

The best start-ups need the most talented employees, and together with the Postdoc Industry Exploration Program ( we are organizing the second BPEP/PIEP job fair, where we start-ups from the Bay Area can present their company and look for new recruits! (full description)

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