Berkeley/Haas Venture Launchpad Takes Off

The October newsletter from UC Berkeley‘s  Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation heralded the launch of the center’s new Venture Launchpad initiative, a step-by-step directory for students that outlines all of the opportunities and offerings available to help budding entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground.

The  UC Berkeley Venture Launchpad is a platform designed to propel entrepreneurship through the entire lifecycle of developing a business, from idea creation to going live. While several components of the Venture Launchpad have been in place at the Lester Center for many years, this new initiative more clearly delineates which component can help an entrepreneur at one of seven stages of entrepreneurship.

A statement announcing the news explains that features such as the Launchpad Passport provide a roadmap to all of the Lester Center’s programs and a guide to those exploring and preparing for new venture creation.  For student entrepreneurs taking the plunge, the Launchpad New Venture Accelerators will provide access to a network of experienced entrepreneurs and other support services tailored to entrepreneurs-in-process.

Dean Richard Lyons, Lester Center Co-Faculty Director Jerry Engel and more than 80 friends of the Lester Center gathered at a private home earlier this month to celebrate the public unveiling of the new initiative.

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