New Program to Hone Entrepreneurship Skills of Post-docs, Grad Students

A new program designed to help Berkeley post-docs and graduate students turn an idea into a real business will launch Sept. 22 with a workshop titled "Creativity, Innovation, and Opportunity Recognition."

The workshop is the first in a series planned by the new Berkeley Post-doc Entrepreneurs Program, launched by Berkeley's Visiting Scholars and Post-doc Affairs Program in collaboration with the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), a consortium of UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and UC San Francisco.

The Sept. 22 workshop will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Berdahl Auditorium (Room 105) in Stanley Hall. Haas alumnus Peter Fiske, MBA 02, president and CEO of PAX Mixer, will coordinate a discussion with two invited speakers:

  • KT Moortgat, BA 90 (Physics), a partner at venture capital firm Mohr Davidow and the founding director of the Center for BioEntrepreneurship at UC San Francisco.
  • David Hanzel, BA 78 (Physiology), PhD 89 (Physiology), a partner at early-stage funder X/Seed Capital and physiologist and protein biophysicist who has held scientific and business positions at startups and large corporations.

The Berkeley Post-doc Entrepreneurs Program will provide post-doc and graduate students with the opportunity to learn about legal issues and financing, and earn a certificate upon completion of selected courses. The program also will offer the opportunity for students and post-docs to discuss ideas, form teams, and evaluate ideas tapping the guidance of established entrepreneurs.

For more information about the program and details on how to register for the Sept. 22 workshop, contact the Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurs Program post-doc committee at [email protected] or (510) 363-1689.