I&E for Prospective & New Students

If you're interested in innovation and entrepreneurship, Berkeley is the right place for you.

What is Innovation & Entrepreneurship?


Innovation is a two-step process: new ideas put into practice.


Entrepreneurship at its most fundamental is the creation of a new enterprise, whether that is a hot new tech startup, a social justice nonprofit, or a more traditional firm.

Learn more about the I&E Council.

Student Spotlights

Kira Erickson and Ivan Jayapurna

Kira Erickson (left) and Ivan Jayapurna (right)

Big Ideas Contest, Grand Prize Winners

Kira and Ivan, two UC Berkeley students, won the $10,000 Big Ideas prize for High Tide, a project that is dedicated to ending the use of plastic-coated paper in single-use containers which would otherwise be compostable or recyclable. Read more about their project and Big Ideas.

Ibrahim Balde

Ibrahim Baldé

Founder, Blackbook University

During his undergraduate career, Ibrahim Baldé was naturally curious about the intersection of business and social impact. While studying at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Ibrahim aligned his studies with a curriculum focus on finance and social entrepreneurship. Before graduating, Ibrahim worked as a VC operator with TBC Capital and Base Ventures, learning more about startups -- eventually leading him to found Blackbook University; a DEI platform designed to empower students through peer-to-peer connection, academic enrichment, and professional access. Learn more about Blackbook University.