Entrepreneurship

The San Francisco Bay Area has long been a hotbed for new business creation, and Berkeley/Haas remains one of the world’s leading centers for the study and practice of entrepreneurship. An emphasis in entrepreneurship prepares you to launch fast-growth, high-potential enterprises or to build a career in the venture capital industry. A variety of courses, programs and events are offered by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, a program which emphasizes the integration of academic and experiential learning by bringing entrepreneurs and venture capitalists into the classroom.

  • MBA 292N Social Entrepreneurship
  • MBA 292T Start-up Lab (Applied Innovation course)
  • MBA 295A Entrepreneurship
  • MBA 295B Venture Capital & Private Equity
  • MBA 295C Opportunity Recognition: Technology and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley
  • MBA 295D New Venture Finance
  • MBA 295E Case Studies in Entrepreneurship
  • MBA 295I Entrepreneurship Workshop for Start-Ups
  • MBA 295J Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology
  • MBA 295M Business Model Innovation and Entrepreneurial Strategy
  • MBA 295T Lean Launchpad (Applied Innovation course)
  • MBA 295T Social Lean Launchpad (Applied Innovation course)
  • MBA 295T Failure and its Importance to Innovation
  • MBA 295T Media: New & Otherwise

Speaker series:

  • MBA 294 Life as an Entrepreneur
  • MBA 294 Private Equity Speaker Series
  • MBA 294 Venture Capital Speaker Series
  • MBA 294 Social Impact Speaker Series

Helpful electives:

  • MBA 210 Strategy, Structure, and Incentives
  • MBA 222 Financial Information Analysis
  • MBA 224A Managerial Accounting
  • MBA 231 Corporate Finance
  • MBA 236G Designing Financial Models that Work
  • MBA 248 Supply Chain Management
  • MBA 252 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
  • MBA 254 Power and Politics in Organizations
  • MBA 257 Decision Making
  • MBA 262 Strategic Brand Management
  • MBA 269 Pricing
  • MBA 270 Business and Public Policy
  • MBA 277 Managing the Legal Environment of Business
  • MBA 290E Marketing for High-Tech Entrepreneurs
  • MBA 290I Managing Innovation and Change
  • MBA 290N Managing the New Product Development Process (Applied Innovation course)
  • MBA 290T Innovative Leadership in Entrepreneurial Environments

(Please note that the elective courses listed above are not necessarily offered every semester or every year.)