The mission of the Institute for Business Innovation is to disseminate pioneering research on innovation, train students to be inventive and entrepreneurial leaders, and facilitate innovation in the start-up and corporate domains. Through conferences, forums, roundtables, and scholarly journals, we gather to examine the processes and capabilities essential for successful innovation. 


To disseminate pioneering research

the institute

  • organizes academic conferences and seminars that examine new and old paradigms in open innovation, entrepreneurship, business analytics, and dynamic capabilities
  • publishes the academic journal Industrial and Corporate Change, partnering with Oxford University Press
  • funds Haas faculty research and facilitates the process of external grant applications

To educate the leaders of the future

the Institute and its centers offer

  • graduate and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship, open innovation, and business analytics
  • experiential learning courses in design thinking and applied innovation
  • immersive entrepreneurship experiences through the Bay Area Innovation Corps, which is an educational program aimed at commercializing science and technology funded by the NSF
  • competitions for university-affiliated startups, simulations of venture capitalist events, case competitions in new technologies, data visualization contests, and numerous topical hackathons
  • fellowships to support Ph. D students at Haas
  • hosting of scholars that visit Berkeley to work with Institute faculty

To advance economic and social prosperity

through the adoption of innovation, the Institute

  • sets up conferences that juxtapose the challenges faced by companies and startups in real time with academic queries on open innovation, business analytics and entrepreneurship
  • invites leading business actors to share the knowledge they have gained from starting new ventures,  innovating in existing corporations, and adapting business models, strategies and capabilities to constantly evolving markets, technologies and policies
  • nurtures an innovation ecosystem that helps translate scientific research into increased wellbeing. The ecosystem includes UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco researchers, professional faculty and students, the SkyDeck incubator, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, venture capital and angel investors, and alumni mentors
  • facilitates partnerships between academia and industry to support research, explore new areas of academic inquiry, and maintain academic research connected to real world phenomena