2016 Events

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.)

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 (piep.berkeley.edu)

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)

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.


  • ValitorPharmacology and Drug delivery startup with Berkeley Skydeck at QB3 Garage@Berkeley. Wesley Jackson is Chief Science Officer.
  • NodexusMicrofluidics to biomedical sample screening company with Berkeley Skydeck at QB3 Garage@Berkeley. Karthik Balakrishnan CEO and Anand Kesavaraju CSO.
  • MaxterialProtective 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

(full description - video)

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.)