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Entrepreneurial Support


As a service to our important entrepreneur sector, we are listing resources that may be helpful. However, we have compiled the list from public sources. We do not know most of these organizations and therefore can neither recommend nor provide any guarantees about the services they provide.

An important element of the Bay Area’s “Secret Sauce” for success is the Area’s favorable environment for the development of new and innovative businesses. This rich environment includes a variety of support resources for entrepreneurs to conceive, develop, and successfully operate small enterprises. The history of these Bay Area small enterprises turning into large, international industrial powerhouses is legendary. Included here is a sampling of the resources available to Bay Area entrepreneurs.

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Photo Credits

On behalf of BASIC, special thanks to our members who kindly supplied us with the excellent photos for the site:  Berkeley Lab, QB3, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Cruz.

Discovery of the Elusive Top Quark
“Discovery of the top quark, which for nearly two decades had been the last and crucial missing piece in the scientific picture of matter, was announced on March 2, 1995 by two teams of scientists at Fermilab’s Tevatron collider.  The top quark is one of the six quarks predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics and one of the fundamental building blocks of matter.”
Credit:  Fermilab Visual Media Services

Mission Statement
The Gammasphere
“To understand the fate of radioactive elements in the shock wave of an exploding star, or to learn the limits of stability for superheavy elements , or to answer many other interesting questions about what happens when atomic nuclei collide, fuse, spin, or break into pieces, a good way to start is by catching some gamma rays.  The record for sensitivity and precision in detecting gamma rays emitted during nuclear events has long been held by the Gammasphere detector, developed at Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Science Division (NSD) and now housed at Argonne National Laboratory.”
Credit:  Lawrence Berkeley Nat’l Lab – Roy Kaltschmidt, photographer

“For more than 40 years, the University of California, Santa Cruz has educated and trained leaders in the field of marine sciences.  Working at the campus’s Long Marine Laboratory, located at the northern edge of Monterey Bay, UCSC faculty, staff, students, and research partners are actively pursuing important areas of marine research, including coastal ecology, conservation biology, environmental toxicology, coastal processes, and climate change.  Research partners include the National Marine Fisheries Service, The Nature Conservancy, Island Conservation, California Department of Fish & Game, and the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group.”
Credit:  UC Santa Cruz

Science at the Theater:  Dark Secrets:  What Science Tells Us About the Hidden Universe
“No mystery is bigger than dark energy – the elusive force that makes up three-quarters of the Universe and is causing it to expand at an accelerating rate.
It also can draw more than 600 people to the Berkeley Repertory Theatre…”
Credit:  Lawrence Berkeley Nat’l Lab – Roy Kaltschmidt, photographer

Computing Sciences outreach program for high school students
“Computing Sciences hosted 14 local high school students as part of an outreach program to introduce students to various career options in scientific computing and networking.  The sessions include presentations, hands-on activities, and tours of facilities.  The program was developed with input from computer science teachers at Berkeley High, Albany High, Richmond’s Kennedy High, and Oakland Tech.  Computing Staff present a wide range of topics including assembling a desktop computer, cyber security war stories, algorithms for combustion and astrophysics and the role of applied math.”
Credit:  Lawrence Berkeley Nat’l Lab – Roy Kaltschmidt, photographer

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Workshop in Liquid Nitrogen
“2009 LBL Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
CSEE workshop demonstrating properties of liquid nitrogen.”
Credit:  Lawrence Berkeley Nat’l Lab – Roy Kaltschmidt, photographer

“Students pass through Sather Gate to Sproul Plaza at the heart of the UC Berkeley campus.”
Credit:  Steve McConnell/UC Berkeley

Secret Sauce
Astronomy Professor Alex Filippenko, named National Professor of the Year for 2006.”
Credit:  Steve McConnell/UC Berkeley

Bay Area Strengths
George Smoot, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, teaches undergraduates in his Physics 7B class.”
Credit:  Steve McConnell/UC Berkeley

Synthetic Biology
JBEI researchers are using the tools of synthetic biology to engineer new microbes as an alternative to yeast that can quickly and efficiently forment complex sugars into advanced biofuels.”
Credit:  Lawrence Berkeley Nat’l Lab – Roy Kaltschmidt, photographer

Commencement Convocation at the Greek Theatre marks the pinnacle of students’ achievements at UC Berkeley”
Credit:  Steve McConnell/UC Berkeley

“Researchers in the QB3 Center for Advanced Technology at UCSF Mission Bay.”
Credit:  QB3 – Elizabeth Fall, photographer

“The Campanile at UC Berkeley”
Credit:  Steve McConnell/UC Berkeley

Life Sciences
“Kenny Ang in the QB3 Small Molecule Discovery Center at UCSF Mission Bay.”
Credit:  QB3—Elizabeth Fall, photographer

Byers Hall, the QB3 Building at UCSF in Mission Bay
Credit: — QB3 – Christine Jegan, photographjer4

Information Technology
“UC Observatories/Lick Observatory is a multicampus research unit with headquarters at the University of California, Santa Cruz campus.
“UCO/Lick operates the Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton above San Jose and the UCO Technical Labs at UCSC, and is a managing partner of the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii.”
Credit:  UC Santa Cruz

Alterative Energy
The Secret of Biofuels May Be Hidden in the Grass”
“The Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) is advancing the development of the next generation of biofuels, liquid fuels derived from the solar energy stored in the biomass of plants such as this switchgrass.  JBEI is a San Francisco Bay Area scientific partnership led by Berkeley Lab and including Sandia National Laboratory, the University of California (UC) campuses of Berkeley and Davis, the Carnegie Institution for Science and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.”
Credit:  Lawrence Berkeley Nat’l Lab – Roy Kaltschmidt, photographer

Venture Capital
BNCT Adam Injector
“BNCT (Boron Neutron Capture Therapy) Adam Injector….that constructed  a proton accelerator that will be a key element in new brain cancer treatment.”
Credit:  Lawrence Berkeley Nat’l Lab – Roy Kaltschmidt, photographer

Global Market Place
Autonomous Observations of the Ocean Biological Carbon Pump
“Carbon Flux Explorer awaiting recovery at dawn at the end of its first 1.5-day mission led by LBL Earth Science Researcher…in the San Clemente Basin near San Diego, CA, June 2007.”
Credit:  Lawrence Berkeley Nat’l Lab – Roy Kaltschmidt, photographer

What’s New
“The life-size T. Rex skeleton at the Museum of Paleontology is a highlight of Homecoming visits to campus.”
Credit:  Peg Skorpinski

Future Innovators
“A new type of optical particle trap can be used to manipulate bacteria, viruses and other particles on a chip as part of an integrated optofluidic platform.
The optical trap is the latest innovation from researchers at the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who are developing new sensor technology for biomedical analysis and other applications.”
Credit:  UC Santa Cruz/Jim MacKenzie

IT Division Educational Outreach to Berkeley Unified School District
“IT Division hosted 2nd grade classes from LeConte Elementary School…for a field trip to teach young students about how computers enable Science.  The students took apart (and put back together) computers and talked about the basics of how they work.  Then the students connected themselves in a “network,” holding onto cables to get them familiar with the idea of a network.”
Credit:  Lawrence Berkeley Nat’l Lab – Roy Kaltschmidt, photographer

“…an associate professor in the School of Public Health, has seen the research from her laboratory put to use combating dengue fever in Central America through UC Berkeley’s socially responsible licensing program.”
Credit:  Deborah Stalford. UC Berkeley

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James Lo, Symantec Corporation
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