Excited to be a pitch judge for this all-star event at UC Berkeley next week!!
The Collider Cup is Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology's all-star showcase of the best student teams from Fall 2017.
Teams pitch to panels of professors, investors and industry experts as they vie to win the grand prize, the Collider Cup!
Thanks to Gigi Wang for the invite.
It was so much fun to mentor & judge the tech startups at Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMOE) at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. 120 global participants gathered at UC Berkeley for a one week immersive experience into entrepreneurship, team-building, mentorship, and more.
Here's the team I & my fellow judge chose as the winner of our 40-person cohort: BrainyT, an AI-for-manufacturing going to market in Brazil.
I also ran into familiar faces from last month's extreme accelerator in Europe, the European Innovation Academy #eia2017italy: participant & UCB student Bailey Farren, and fellow EIA chief mentors UCB faculty Stephen Torres and Pamela Day, who also was a judge at BMOE!
Looking forward to Harika Kalluri's upcoming interview with me and Pamela for the Berkeley Point Of View. We yakked Harika's ear off about tech investing, product building, and the empowering spirit of entrepreneurship.
A few snaps from some of the seven venture pitches my fellow judge Kal Deutsch (managing partner and founding investor of The Batchery, a Bay Area-based global incubator for seed stage startups) and I judged.
Good job to these teams from Berkeley, Denmark, Brazil & Hong Kong:
- BrainyT, the AI for small manufacturers
- SoWa the wireless professional speakers
- A Slice of Reality interactive media system
- the ed-tech play for lesson plans Athena
- CoffeeX, a connected coffee kiosk
- Candle Sense electric candle for memory boosting
- LedoAds, the marketplace for space ads
Thanks to UCBerkeley's entrepreneurship faculty Gigi Wang, the director of BMOE, for including me in her awesome program!
Congrats to BrainyT for making it into the top 3 startups at BMOE Summer 2017!
Thanks to Harika Kalluri for the interview! You can read it at the Sutardja Center site here.
Great experience mentoring and judging the pitches of student entrepreneurs from around the world at this week's bootcamp on the UC Berkeley campus!
Here's the director of the program Gigi Wang laying out the goals of the bootcamp.
Congratulations to Acuity, the team I mentored and my cojudge Rick Rasmussen and I sent to the finals.
Watch the pitch battle here: https://www.facebook.com/UCBerkeleyCET/videos/1232326256848097/