Graduate Program in Health Management
Career Options - Entrepreneurship
GPHM students interested in entrepreneurship have numerous resources given that UC Berkeley is positioned in the innovation hotbed of the US. GPHM students have access to the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurship program at Haas was ranked #3 in the country by the Wall Street Journal in 2006 and the Lester Center won the 2006 Nasdaq Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. The Lester Center is the primary locus for the study and promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation in management and new enterprise development at UC Berkeley.
GPHM offers Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology, a course designed for life sciences-focused entrepreneurs. This interdisciplinary class brings together students from diverse graduate programs, and uses a project-based approach to learning the tools of launching a biotech/medical device company.
Students can then use the skills learned in Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology and apply them to a real world setting by participating in UC's BioFellowship program which was started by a MBA student. The UC BioFellowship is a program that combines academic fundamentals taught in the classroom with real-world experience in a VC-backed medical device startup. Three Arch Partners works closely with the Haas Healthcare and BioBusiness Club (H2B2) and the Lester Center to match talented students with a passion for healthcare to companies at the forefront of medical technology. Three Arch Partners invests only in healthcare firms, with a focus in medical device and healthcare services. This fellowship focuses primarily on medical device companies in the Bay Area. Students of interdisciplinary study are placed in selected portfolio companies based upon interest, field of study, and past work experience.
GPHM students who wish to commercialize or are interested in being involved with start-up groups are encouraged to enter the LAUNCH: The UC Berkeley Startup Competition. The competition serves as the convergence point for entrepreneurs across the greater UC Berkeley community. Individuals from the schools of engineering and business, the departments of biology and political science, UC Berkeley alumni and undergraduates, university staff, researchers from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and more were represented in 2006.