Startup companies embody the entrepreneurial spirit and culture at UC Berkeley. Backed by a vibrant startup culture that serves as the engine of economic growth for much of the Bay Area, UC Berkeley has numerous programs that support the translation of university research into real-world solutions. These programs make up the entrepreneurial ecosystem that support Berkeley startups.

For the past decade IPIRA has helped streamline the spread of cutting-edge ideas from the campus to the rest of society. IPIRA plays a critical role for Berkeley's Entrepreneurs by maintaining partnerships with companies. These relationships allow Berkeley entrepreneurs to develop research partners, obtain venture funds, perform industry-sponsored research, apply for SBIR/STTR funds and grants, protect intellectual property rights, commercialize inventions, and start a company.

We support entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, especially people of color, women, and other groups that have been historically underrepresented in tech. We believe that diverse and inclusive teams identify and solve challenges that may otherwise get overlooked and a multitude of perspectives and experiences create more innovative and informed technology solutions.


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