About the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley

by Andre Marquis, Executive Director for the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley

The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship was founded in 1991 through a gift from W. Howard Lester, Chairman of Williams-Sonoma. We focus on creating path-bending, entrepreneurial leaders and scalable startups across the University of California Berkeley and serve thousands of students. Our focus areas include:

  • Entrepreneurial leadership education with over 15 core classes taught by seasoned entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and business executives
  • Startup competitions with local, regional, and international partners including the Berkeley Business Competition, Global Social Venture Competition, Venture Capital Investment Competition, Intel Global Challenge and Intel Scalable Startup School@UC Berkeley
  • Forums with topics relevant to the entrepreneurial community, both students and community members, including the monthly UC Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum, Entrepreneurial Best Practices Series as well as intense, topic-specific experiences including Health Technology and Energy Hackathons
  • Student-led groups including the Entrepreneurs Association (the largest student group at the Haas  School of Business), Haas Venture Fellows, Berkeley Solutions Group, and UCSF-affiliated Venture Innovation Program
  • Active mentoring of UC Berkeley-affiliated startups through the UC Berkeley Startup Accelerator Mentor Network and drop-in mentoring hours
  • Running the Skydeck Startup Accelerator in partnership with the College of Engineering and Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research
  • International teaching entrepreneurship to corporations, faculty, university entrepreneurship staff, and government officials worldwide

Learn more at http://entrepreneurship.berkeley.edu.