The Bakar Fellows Program is structured to catalyze commercialization of innovative research by supporting aspiring faculty entrepreneurs and their research teams to develop real-world solutions for real-world problems.
While Berkeley has been known for decades as the top public university in the world, the campus is now also known as one of America’s most entrepreneurial universities, topping lists for serial founders, VC-backed start-ups, and women-led VC-backed start-ups.
Bakar Faculty Fellows and Innovation Fellows funded by the program have been, and will continue to be, an important part of the thriving innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) ecosystem at Berkeley.
As a world-renowned research and teaching university, the Bakar Fellows Program enables world-changing impact by:
Accelerating translation of promising high-impact faculty-led basic research to commercialization
Boosting the best and brightest among STEM+ graduate students and postdoctoral fellows as a community of Bakar Innovation Fellows
Developing successful entrepreneurs by bridging the knowledge and experience gap between university research and commercial impact
We support the pursuit of basic and applied research projects, with the aim of translating these technologies to commercialization.
Activities and Events
We host community-building, instructional, and experiential activities and events to ensure all Fellows develop skills, knowledge and connections to grow and succeed. Our mix of internal and external activities are specifically designed to:
Establish and nurture a strong, supportive community for all Bakar Fellows
Provide experiential and instructional learning opportunities that will expand knowledge and expertise in translating research for applied impact
Provide access to an extensive network of serial entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and resources that will be key to success
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We level the playing field for all potential founders because creating impactful solutions to diverse grand challenges requires ideas and innovations from everyone.
The Bakar Fellows Program is ideally positioned to help innovators and entrepreneurs working across STEM+ sectors to bridge the gap from lab to market and actualize solutions to society’s biggest challenges.
The program offers guidance and education to de-risk entrepreneurship for early-stage founders, especially supporting those who have been marginalized, allowing innovators to confidently identify pathways to success and reach the next stage of development and investment for their emerging technology venture.
We promote accessible, equitable opportunity by supporting entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, especially people of color, women and other groups that have been historically underrepresented in technology development.