Japanese women entrepreneurs bring fresh new ideas to SCET

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On Friday, the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology hosted a pitch event for 5 participants with the Acceleration Program of Tokyo for Women Entrepreneurs (APT). Each participant was given 5 minutes to pitch their startup to a panel of four judges and then take 10 additional minutes to answer any questions from the judges. Pitches ranged from luxury goods …

Berkeley SkyDeck News

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As the largest official startup accelerator of the University of California at Berkeley, we are proud to roll out our new UC Berkeley SkyDeck branding! You’ll see the change on our website and in other places, but this new branding represents so much more than a different logo. We are an inextricable part of UC Berkeley and it remains at the …

Skydeck turns research into reality

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The Berkeley Skydeck office is located in the penthouse of the tallest building in downtown Berkeley. Sweeping views of the bay are accessible from virtually every face of the large, open-concept space, surely providing inspiration to the teams selected for this spring’s portfolio. There is a modest kitchen, plenty of desk space, and perhaps most importantly, a large quantity of …

Hilary Weber to Present at Girls in Tech National Conference for Second Year in a Row

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Hilary Weber, CEO of Opportu, has been asked to speak at the Girls in Tech national Catalyst conference for the second time in two years.  Her topic will be “Unleash Your Hidden Power”.  The workshop was inspired by her work on innovation with both large enterprises and startups – it is designed to help professional women own their past and …

Why Startups Need Minimum Viable Planning, by Leslie Eveland

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The Lean Startup method teaches entrepreneurs and startups to get to market fast with a “Minimum Viable Product” in order to generate the “Maximum Validated Learning.” Instead of focusing on the question, “Can this product be built?”, entrepreneurs are urged to ask, “Should this product be built?” and “Can we build a sustainable business around this set of products and …

Opportu CEO Named as Industry Fellow, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, UC Berkeley

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The CEO of Opportu, Hilary Weber, has been named as an Industry Fellow at U.C. Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) by the Center’s founder and Chief Scientist, Professor Ikhlaq Sidhu.  Professor Sidhu is also the founder of the Berkeley Innovation Index, for which Hilary Weber is an official Contributor.  To learn more about the SCET, click here.

Opportu’s CEO to Co-Instruct New Executive Education Course on Innovation for the College of Engineering, U.C. Berkeley

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A new Executive Education course on innovation is being offered in fall of 2016 by the College of Engineering.  The course, entitled “Igniting Intrapreneurship and Innovation” is being taught by Lee Fleming, Ph. D., Professor Naeem Zafar, Robert Weinberg, Ph.D., and Hilary Weber, CEO and founder of Opportu Startup Innovation.  Participants will come away with an actionable “to do” list …

Girls in Tech Announces a New Boot Camp: GIT Power Builder

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Adriana Gascoigne, the founder of Girls in Tech, a global non-profit with more than 28,000 members, announced that a new GIT Boot Camp was being launched after receiving multiple requests from chapters all over the world. The boot camp includes 3 parts: Confidence, Leadership and Entrepreneurship. The boot camp was co-designed and will be facilitated both virtually and on-site by …

Opportu CEO Teaches First Class at U.C. Berkeley on Entrepreneurship and Teams

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Opportu’s founder and CEO, Hilary Weber, was asked by visiting professor, Ricardo San Martin, to teach his class on Teams for his Entrepreneurship course in the College of Engineering at U.C. Berkeley.  Hilary’s approach to the class was to make it highly experiential and interactive, with everyone working in teams, focusing on a common goal.  A surprise challenge was thrown …

Hilary Weber, CEO of Opportu, Joins Berkeley Innovation Index as a Contributor

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Hilary Weber, founder and CEO of Opportu Startup Innovation, was tapped as a Contributor to the Berkeley Innovation Index (BII), a breakthrough research initiative founded by Professor Ikhlaq Sidhu, founder and head of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at U.C. Berkeley.  The BII is a holistic and comprehensive approach to assessing current capacity for innovation at an individual, …