Online classes, workshops, and other opportunities to build networks, develop your idea, and learn new skills.

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Philanthropy University at Haas

A global initiative to provide free online courses designed and taught by industry leaders from UC Berkeley, McKinsey, Hewlett, Kiva, and others. Our faculty will assist in shaping the curricula, teach courses, source faculty from other top universities and integrate our Global Social Venture Competition with this initiative.

Timeline: Many: Year-round
Location: Any
Eligibility: Students (UC Berkeley)

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How to Build a Startup: The Lean LaunchPad

In an introduction to the basics of the famous Customer Development Process, Steve Blank provides insight into the key steps needed to build a successful startup. The main idea in this course is learning how to rapidly develop and test ideas by gathering massive amounts of customer and marketplace feedback.

Location: Any
Eligibility: Any

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EdX

Interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities, nonprofits, and institutions, including courses on computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing,

Timeline: Many: Year-round
Location: Any
Eligibility: Any

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Code Academy

Learn to code interactively, for free.

Location: Any
Eligibility: Any

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PlusAcumen Courses

Non-profit venture fund investing in companies that deliver critical goods and services in water, health, housing, energy, agriculture, poverty, and education. Provides a series of free online courses that foster financial and operational skills and imagination, focusing on social entrepreneurship themes including storytelling, human centered design and more.

Timeline: Many: Year-round
Location: Any
Eligibility: Any

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Blog that serves as informational source on venture capital and entrepreneurship




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    Aims to foster a lively and engaged community of people and organizations who are based in the Bay Area and work internationally. We aggregate job opportunities, organize events, and support our network of members who are active in the fields of international development, governance, peacebuilding, human rights, trade, and environmental issues, as well as those working on international business development.




  • Location: Bay Area
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    Aims to foster entrepreneurship in the UC Berkeley postdoctoral and graduate community. Provides tools, mentoring, and a platform for science-business communication to enable research innovations to move into the marketplace.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students (UC Berkeley)

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    The Berkeley Startup Cluster is collaborative effort of: the City of Berkeley‘s Office of Economic Development, the Downtown Berkeley Association, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, and UC Berkeley. Our shared goal: making Berkeley an even better place to launch a high tech startup




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: Any

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    Currently available to over 500,000 students. The program is designed to help drive economic development in communities around partner universities increasing the likelihood that students remain and develop their ideas with the region and prepare students to enter the modern workforce with a flexible, entrepreneurial mindset. Offers free mentorship for companies or individuals at any stage in the industry, connections to team mebers, jobs, and knowledge across the world, resources and exclusive deals for software and online courses, and specialized applications and tools.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Students

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    Connects on-campus innovators and social entrepreneurs with a wide range of experts from Industry, non-profits, government, and social enterprises. Sign-up for 30-minute one-on-one consulting and mentorship conversations with a range of outside entrepreneurs and other practitioners working on projects for social good.

    Keywords: Any topic



  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students

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    Gives insight into how to approach scaling hardware companies with investment opportunities, and other investment thoughts.




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    From concept generation to distribution strategy, our team of designers, engineers, and business strategists have the skills and on-the-ground experience to offer a comprehensive approach to product and service development for low income and underserved customers. Also offering workshops, training, and mentorship to support organizations and groups that want to integrate key design methodologies and a people-centered approach in their work.




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    Promotes rigorous interdisciplinary research based on the conviction that the pressing problems of our time are simultaneously scientific and social, technological and political, ethical and economic. Offers courses, events, special projects, working groups, and networks of professionals and other students.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Any

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    Non-profit organization established to promote quality standards and best practice for the development and implementation of Theory of Change, with a particular focus on its use and application in the areas of international development, sustainability, education, human rights and social change.




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    Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Students create their own Commitments to Action that address issues on campus, in local communities, or around the world.




  • Timeline: 1:Spring
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Students

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    Learn to code interactively, for free. Languages: HTML & CSS, Javascript, jQuery, Python, Ruby, PHP

    Keywords: Technology



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    Hundreds of online courses from partner universities worldwide, including courses on social entrepreneurship, science, arts and humanities, language, and more. Financial aid is available.

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  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
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    Human-centered design-focused online toolkit to create practical, repeatable approaches to arriving at innovative solutions.




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    A 90-minute learning tool for design thinking, created by Stanford’s d.school.




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    Offers seed funding, work labs and space, presentations, events, webscasts, and discussions on tech in society. Focuss on initatives in connected communities, health, robots and people, and sustainable infrastructures.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Bay Area, Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Comprehensive list of events (academic, lectures, sports, exhibits, films, etc.) happening at the UC Berkeley campus or nearby in the Bay Area.

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  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Any

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    The Summit is a week-long, student-run innovation conference held every April at Northwestern University for young delegates from over 40 countries, 50 universities, and 35 businesses and organizations around the world with change-based projects and ventures that can tackle any social change from education to healthcare to sustainability.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: US (Chicago)
    Eligibility: Students

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    The Global Health & Innovation Conference (#GHIC) is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: US (New Haven)
    Eligibility: Any

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    The Summit gives powerful insights, practical tools, a global community of fellow practitioners, and the chance to design real-time solutions to real-world challenges. Features over 20 events with over 1,000 participants from over 50 countries throughout the Bay Area to provide insights, tools, and connections on growing innovation ecosystems. A centerpiece of Global Innovation Week held in Silicon Valley, the Summit is limited to invitees and accepted applicants.




  • Timeline: 1: Winter
    Location: Bay Area (Silicon Valley)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Guides and video tutorials for non-profit users of Google

    Keywords: Social Impact



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    The Lester Center hosts Hackathons which bring together UC Berkeley students of all stripes and colors–designers, coders, marketers and MBA students alike–to converge around a single theme. The Lester Center supports a number of pre-eminent startup competitions whose finals are open to the public (LAUNCH and GSVC)




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round (see specifc program)
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students

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    Annual conference on information and communication technology (ICT) in international development, bringing together thought leaders and experienced professionals from around the world to share and explore ways of using ICT to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).




  • Timeline: 1:Spring
    Location: International
    Eligibility: Any

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    Online resource for finding volunteer opportunities, non-profit jobs, internships, events, fundraisers, and organizations




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    A startup expo and competition featuring some of the hottest startups out of UC Berkeley! Innovate@Berkeley celebrates the rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship at Berkeley by bringing together startups, students, angels, VCs, and press under one roof.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Any

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    Umbrella resource for many innovation and entrepreneurship efforts on UC Berkeley’s campus.




  • Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Any

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    Lectures and Q&A sessions at UC Berkeley with prominent experts, faculty members, and thought leaders explore barriers of bringing peace to global society.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Any

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    Courses from leading universities and other schools–plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content. Allows users to build lessons with apps and their own materials, collect and grade assignments from students, discuss one-on-one or in groups, and annotate PDF assignments.

    Keywords: Any topic



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    Entrepreneurs around the world under 25 apply to become members of the Kairos 50, and 50 finalists are selected to attend the Kairos Global Summit in California, receive business development services, exclusive international opportunities, and visibility to media and investors, and a chance to earn up to $50k in prize money from potential inevestors at the Summit. The Kairos 50 companies represent the next generation of entrepreneurs making breakthroughs in the areas of biotech, education, agriculture, mobile, cleantech, healthcare, and more.




  • Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: US (California)
    Eligibility: Any (Under 25)

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    Covering topics from art, math, economics, computer programming, entrepreneurship, test prepartion and more, Khan Academy offers free practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom, with resources translated into over 36 languages. Partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content to provide people of all ages with knowledge.

    Keywords: Any topic



  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
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    Events and e-books for social good organizations, building on Lean Startup methodology.




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    The Lean LaunchPad® Educators Seminar is a 2.5-day program designed for entrepreneurship faculty who want to learn the basics of integrating Lean Startup principles into their teaching. You will learn key techniques for building a curriculum that you can adapt to your institutional environment and needs and put to immediate use.




  • Timeline: 1: Winter
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: Any

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    Online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.




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    Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: Any

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    DIY/maker/hacker gatherings held gobally for tech enthusiasts, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, and commercial exhibitors.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
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    A startup internship and training program for graduate students in business, engineering and information interested in entrepreneurship and technology.




  • Timeline: 1:Fall
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students (Graduate)

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    The materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT’s subjects available on the Web, free of charge.

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    Provides public and Private training on how to build and deploy apps taught by MongoDB Engineers that offers hands-on experience, as well as professional certification preparation. Also offers live webinars, Q+A sessions, event,s and user groups to share best practices and network.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
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    Help for Cal students and professors with patents, copyrights, IP rights, marketing and commercial potential analysis, and more.




  • Location: UC Berkeley
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    Annual Open conferences gather together engaged faculty and university students from across multiple disciplines to share stories, start new collaborations and learn best practices in the rapidly growing field of technology entrepreneurship education.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Any

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    Workbook to help improve your entrepreneurial pitch and boost your chances of getting funded, provided by Canaan Partners.




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    Law students provide guidance in the complexities involved in technology-related law to individuals, non-profits, and consumer groups that could not otherwise obtain counsel.

    Keywords: Technology



  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Any

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    An ongoing year-round event series in multiple locations, SOCAP 365 features world-class speakers and opportunities to connect at the intersection of money and meaning. Through thought leadership panel discussions, inclusive dialogues, and community-building events, SOCAP 365 serves the rapidly growing network of impact investors, social entrepreneurs, conscious corporations, philanthropists, government agencies, and innovators in every sector.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
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    Selected social entrepreneurs mentoring, recogniztion and free tickets to the annual Social Captial Markets conference in San Francisco, which brings together entrepreneurs and funders.




  • Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: Any (Conference in San Francisco)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Annual conference on global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development.




  • Timeline: 1: Fall
    Location: US (New Haven)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Annual conference of funders, advisors and leaders from across the social sector gather to share knowledge, learn about innovative co-funding opportunities and develop a community to help scale top initiatives and build the field. Note: This conference is for funders only.

    Keywords: Social Impact



  • Timeline: 1:Summer
    Location: US (New York)
    Eligibility: Any*

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    Features practitioners from the UC Berkeley and Silicon Valley communities who come to Berkeley-Haas to speak about the practical aspects of starting and running an entrepreneurial venture. The Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum is held four times during the academic year featuring a networking hour followed, by a presentation topics of interest to entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and members of the Bay Area entrepreneurial ecosystem.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: Any

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    Online Store and free/paid resources including Apps, Gadgets, Creative Resources, Software, and Video Tutorials to help Apple fanatics, developers, designers, entrepreneurs, gamers, and early adopters. Offers courses for programming and bundled deals for software and learning materials.




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    An intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between a maximum of 35 information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both: technology’s impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any* (see notes for current meetings)
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    Conferences designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: International
    Eligibility: Any

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    Center focusing on the role of non-profit and public institutions in the world’s increasingly collaborative economy. Whether students seek to consult with social sector organizations, found a social enterprise, become effective philanthropists, lead through board governance, or pursue a career in the sector, the Center provides the leadership education to help them succeed.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students (UC Berkeley)

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    The Lean Startup provides a scientific approach to creating and managing startups and get a desired product to customers’ hands faster.




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    A collection of subject-specific e-guides for social entrepreneurs.




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    Ideal for high net worth individuals and families, leverages the world-class educational assets of UC Berkeley, and other leading institutions and organizations to guide members in their journey to have social impact through philanthropy and impact investing. Every spring, a small cohort of 10-15 gather at Miramar Farms in Half Moon Bay, California for our transformative Discovery Weekend to discuss and learn with our faculty and each other, the values and tools you want to bring to your work as a change agent, followed by six weeks of a custom-built online course that guides you to distill the learnings of the weekend and create a plan anchored by the intersection of your core values and evidence about how to best solve the problems you care most about.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Any

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    The Social Innovation Summit is a twice annual event taking place in Washington, DC and Silicon Valley, that represents a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers. Those who are playing at the nexus of technology, investment, philanthropy, international development, and business come together to investigate solutions and catalyze inspired partnerships that are disrupting history.




  • Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: US (Silicon Valley and Washington DC)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Online learning marketplace, where 10 million+ students are taking courses in everything from programming to yoga to photography and more. 40,000+ courses are taught by an expert instructor, and every course is available on-demand, so students can learn at their own pace, on their own time, and on any device.

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