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Purpose is to accelerate the growth of early-stage ventures affiliated with UC Berkeley that have a minimum viable product and some measurable validation with the singular goal of preparing new ventures to be investor-ready. A total prize amount of $15,000 will be shared among the top two or three teams during a 2.5-month program that includes workspace, access to a broad network of advisors and mentors (with the possibility of a match), and a vibrant community of entrepreneurs.

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Investment

VC Index Fund

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Crowdfunding

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Funding Database

Funding opportunities

Announcements of research funding opportunities are typically posted on the dedicated websites of the relevant federal agency or other funder,

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Internship or Fellowship

PopTech Bellagio Fellows

Brings together small, interdisciplinary groups of designers, economists, technologists and social innovators for an immersive residencey at the Rockefeller Foundation’s

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The University of California, Berkeley
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Berkeley, CA 94720-5570
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Host and Fellow Responsibilities

Host Organizations

  • Identify staff supervisor to manage I&E Climate Action Fellow
  • Submit fellowship description and tasks
  • Engage in the matching process
  • Mentor and advise students
  • Communicate with Berkeley program director and give feedback on the program.

Berkeley Program Director​

  • Communicate with host organizations, students, and other university departments to ensure smooth program operations

Student Fellows

  • Complete application and cohort activities
  • Communicate with staff and host organizations
  • Successfully complete assignments from host organization during summer practicum
  • Summarize and report summer experience activities post-fellowship