Past events

Here' s list of our past events, with attendance usually 70-100.

You can view some of the recorded workshops, and see some pictures here.

2018 events

August 16th, 2018
Berkeley Skydeck2150 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
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  • Do you have a research idea that you would like to commercialize? How would you go about it?
  • Have you ever considered the commercial value of a product created / inspired from your research findings?
  • What does the industry or the consumer actually need and who will pay for the product? What do you need to productize your research and solve a problem for the end customer?
  • How can you reach your customers efficiently and get high market penetration?
  • What is a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)?
  • Does filing a patent mean you can't publish your research?
  • If you are unsure how to answer these questions, this BPEP workshop will help!

The Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurship Program (BPEP) is proud to announce the launch of the “Idea to funding” workshop/seminar series for postdocs and graduate students. The workshops are intended to provide the fundamentals of entrepreneurship education needed for graduate students and postdocs considering entrepreneurship as a career option.

We have an excellent group of speakers to learn from. The attendees will get to network with the speakers experienced in translating lab research to products and also those who assisted scientists transform into entrepreneurs.

6.00- 6.30 pm  Registration & Refreshments
6:30- 7.00 pm  Michael Cohen discusses the ways to license and commercialize research done at UC Berkeley
7.00-8.00 pm: Interactive Panel discussion
8.00- 9.00 pm Networking & drinks

Speaker information:
Mike Cohen (IPIRA)Lab to Market Presentation

Lon Addison 
Tom Boussie (Cyclotron Road)

2017 events

Bench to market

Thursday March 30th, 2017 from 4:30-7:00 in Bancroft hotel (Bancroft Way x College Ave)

This event is meant to explore the full pathway, from bench to market, including information about general entrepreneurship, investment, technology transfer and funding. The keynote speaker is Vice Chancellor for Research Paul Alivisatos, whose talk will be followed by John Dueber who is the UC Berkeley faculty with expertise in entrepreneurship. The talks will be followed by a networking event with food and drinks.
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Intro class & Science Fellows Program

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 in Stanley Hall 105

The Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurship Program under the auspices of the Office office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Affairs (VSPA) is glad to announce the launch of the "ScienceFellows Program" in collaboration with the CITRIS Foundry, the University of California accelerator for founders building transformative technology companies.The Science Fellows Program (SFP) is an effort that connects Postdoctoral scientists with the startups at CITRIS Foundry, and the general entrepreneurial community at UC Berkeley. The program aligns with Vice Chancellor Paul Alivastos making entrepreneurship a top priority for the campus in the coming months. (full description)

2016 events

The Art of Pitch

Thursday, November 17th, from 6:00-8:00 in Stanley Hall 105

The Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurial Program is closing the season with a pitch event, where teams or individual will pitch their ideas-- no matter how crazy they are ! -- to a broader audience and in front of a jury that will judge the concepts and give insights on how to tune the message ! (full description.)

BPEP Art of Pitch

Careers in Startups:
Meet Hiring Startups and Learn the Ins and Outs!

Thursday, September 29th, from 6:00-8:00 in Stanley Hall 105
Organized in association with Postdoc Industry Exploration Program (

Startups looking to fill open positions will then be given 2-3 minutes each to describe the overall goals of their company and what you are looking for in an employee/teammate/co-founder (both personal and technical qualities). This will be an information session followed by an informal career fair where job seekers can network directly with founders and HR managers.

With David Kirn, co-founder and CEO of QB3 startup 4D Molecular Therapeutics, Laurel Fedder from Gunderson Dettmer and Adam Sterling of Berkeley Law (full description.)

BPEP Fundraising Workshop: Financing your company (Seed Funding by Angel Investors)

Thursday, August 25th, from 6:00-8:00 in Stanley Hall 105

You have a great start-up idea - but from which funding source should you raise that first round of pre-seed/seed money? What are the advantages from funding by Angel investors vs. VC firms? The Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneur Program (BPEP) invites you to our workshop on Thursday, August 25th, from 6:00-8:00 in Stanley Hall 105 ! (full description)

Entrepreneurship Resources on Campus

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, 106 Stanley Hall

You have learned from our previous sessions on the basics of your starting your own company, now to take the next step, in this session we have invited various campus organization leaders who will tell them about their programs. Before you go outside to look for help, come to our event and learn what resources are available on your own campus! (full description.)

How to incorporate your innovative company and protect your inventions

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, 105 Stanley Hall

STARTING A COMPANY can be daunting, especially when someone does not have prior exposure to the legal details of it, and may lead to errors that are very hard and/or very costly to fix. Moreover, innovative technologies ofter come with an intellectual property aspect that can be difficult to navigate.. With speakers from leading law firms WSGR and MoFo, and tech transfer officers from UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (full description.)

Government Funding

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, 106 Stanley Hall

You just finished writing your first Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for your startup.  Great job on the hard work!  But.. hmm it seems there is more to it than submitting paperwork! Learn how to put the icing on your application and move from 90% fundable to 100% (Full description.)

Bench to Market!

Monday, March 28, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, 105 Stanley Hall

How to bring a product from the bench to the world?
Learn from entrepreneurs about the bench state of a product, decide to start a business, how to obtain funding, and how to approach the market.

Bench to Market 2016


  • Valitor: Pharmacology and Drug delivery startup with Berkeley Skydeck at QB3 Garage@Berkeley. Wesley Jackson is Chief Science Officer.
  • Nodexus: Microfluidics to biomedical sample screening company with Berkeley Skydeck at QB3 Garage@Berkeley. Karthik Balakrishnan CEO and Anand Kesavaraju CSO.
  • Maxterial: Protective surface materials company with Breakout Labs in San Pablo CA. Mehdi Kargar CEO and Atieh Haghdoost CTO.

Unshackled: Startups for immigrant entrepreneurs

Thursday February 4th at 6pm in Stanley Hall 105 on UC Berkeley Campus.

Unshackled enables and supports early stage immigrant founders. They invest their capital by hiring the entrepreneurs, and providing the necessary visa support. They provide a network of influential people leaning forward for your success. With speakers :

Rita Georges, Managing Attorney with Serotte Law Firm, LLC
Manan Mehta, Founding Partner at Unshackled
Jorge Calderon, Founder and CEO of Carett
Andrej Danko, Co-founder & CTO at Shortlist

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2015 events

Women in Entrepreneurship

November 19, 2015 at UC Berkeley, Stanley Hall 105.
Full description - Photos.

How to raise seed/Angel money for early stage startups? Resources on and off-campus

October 29, 2015 at UC Berkeley, Stanley Hall 105.
Full description. Video. Photos.

Government funds and startups; SBIR, Foundations

September 23, 2015 at UC Berkeley, Stanley Hall 105.
Full description.
 Video. Photos.

Basics of starting a company: How to pick co-founders and team

August 27, 2015 at UC Berkeley, Stanley Hall 105.
Full description. Video. Photos.

Intellectual Property

July 2015 at UC Berkeley, Stanley Hall 105.
Video. Photos.

Bench to Market

June 2015.
Video. Photos.

Ph.D. to Startup Workshop Series: 2 - Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property - The role of the tech transfer office and law firms in patenting and launching your startup for Graduate Students, Postdocs and Faculty (full description.)

Ph.D. to Startup Workshop Series: 1 - Enablers and Barriers to Entrepreneurship

Enablers and Barriers to Entrepreneurship for Graduate Students, Postdocs and Faculty (full description.)

Enabling startups by international entrepreneurs.

February 11th, 2015 6pm @Stanley Hall. Details here. Thank you everyone for coming!

2014 events

1. Women entrepreneurs in high-tech startups. August 11th, 2014 at 5:30pm @Skydeck|Berkeley. Details here.

2. How does working at a startup differ from working ... well, anywhere else. April 15th. Stanley Hall 105/106. Details here.

3. Cross-Campus Entrepreneurs' Mixer: February 28th, 2014 at 4:30pm @Skydeck|Berkeley! Details: here

Fall 2013 events

1.  The value proposition: What’s unique about your idea? August 27, 4pm at SkyDeck

2.  Intellectual Property: the Foundation of your Company. September 19, 5:30pm, 105 Stanley Hall

3.  Financing your company: Government grants, Angel investors and Venture Capital. September 30, 5:30pm, 105 Stanley Hall

4.  Financing your company: Corporate structure and managing debt. October 21, 5:30pm, 105 Stanley Hall

5.  Highlight of the season: Pitch competition. November 18, 5:30pm at SkyDeck. All information can be found here.

Slides and presentations from our Fall 2013 workshop series can be found here.

Spring 2013 events

The Art of Selling. February 21st, 5:30-8:30pm, 105 Stanley Hall.

Stories from the Trenches. March 19th, 5:30-7:30pm, 105 Stanley Hall.

Entrepreneurship Mixer. Friday May 3rd , 2013,  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Skydeck. For all Entrepreneurs, who  always wished they could connect to the entrepreneurship pulse of campus.  Held at SkyDeck | Berkeley.  A unique gathering of students from the business, science and social science graduate communities, who wished to  collaborate, share ideas, and meet like-minded entrepreneurs while building a broad network across Berkeley’s leading entrepreneurship programs. For people from all departments.  Started with a 15-minute talk featuring a SkyDeck CEO, followed by networking games and mingling. 

Immigration and Entrepreneurship. May 21st,  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm,105 Stanley Hall. 

Fall 2012 events

Bench to Market: Idea Evaluation and Commercialization foue r Postdocs and Ph.D.s. August 10th, 8:00am-6:00pm, SkydeckThis was the first event of its kind for us. We had a day-long, hands-on workshop, where a group of 40 attendees learned about the basics of idea commercialization from Mike Cohen from UC BErkeley's Office of Technology Licensing, Drew Isaacs, Professor of business at the Haas School of Business and John Elstrott, Entrepreneur and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Tulane University. The participants then formed into teams, that worked with a group of mentors on polishing and perfecting a set of startup ideas, ending with a pitch session and critical Q&A from potential funders. The best part? The startup ideas were all contributed by the participants themselves! Presentations: Here are Peter Fiske's slides from the event.  Also, from Michael Cohen: How University Researchers Start Companies.

An Introduction to EntrepreneurshipSeptember 18th,  5:45-7:30pm, 105 Stanley Hall.

Intellectual Property. October 23rd, 5:45-7:30pm, 105 Stanley Hall.

How to Finance your Idea. November 29th5:45-7:30pm, 105 Stanley Hall.

The Art of Pitching and Pitch Competition. December 17th, 5:45-8:30pm, Skydeck.

Spring 2012 events

Lean Startups. January 18th, 5:45-8:45pm, 105 Stanley Hall. 

Immigration and Entrepreneurship. March 29th, 5:45-7:30pm, 105 Stanley Hall. 

Slides and other materials can be found here.

Fall 2011 events

BPEP Workshop: Intellectual Property. October 6th, 5:45-7:30pm, 105 Stanley Hall. 

BPEP Workshop: Pitch Session. November 1st, 5:45-9:00pm, 105 Stanley Hall. 

BPEP Workshop: How to finance your idea. November 17th, 5:45-8:30pm, 105 Stanley Hall. 

BPEP Workshop: How to finance your idea: SBIR/STTR grants. December 1st, 5:45-8:30pm, 105 Stanley Hall. 

Slides and other materials can be found here.