Farewell to BPEP!

Yesterday, I’ve organized my last event with the Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurial Program (bpep.berkeley.edu), an association dedicated to helping young researchers turning their science into companies that can benefit the economy directly. I served for about two years as the liaison for Berkeley Lab, and helped organize over a dozen events, directly responsible for four of them (on government funding, intellectual property, the art of pitch, and lastly a job fair.)

BPEP team with UC Berkeley vice-chancellor for reasearch, Paul Alivisatos

BPEP team with UC Berkeley vice-chancellor for research, Paul Alivisatos

During these years, we managed to help a few companies to join the main incubators of the region (CITRIS Foundry, Skydeck, QB3, LAUNCH@Haas), find guidance (like TechFuturesGroup) and skilled employees.

The importance of BPEP as a essential agent of the start-up ecosystem, bridging the gap between the many entities (here’s my piece in the Science Review: Cyclotron Valley) is duly recognized; we are part of the Berkeley Innovation Council, and now have the support of the vice-chancellor for Research, Paul Alivisatos.

I was particularly impressed during the job fair by the quality of the start-ups of Berkeley, with great, non-bullshittal products and a truly stunning vision!

Full house at the job fair!

Full house at the job fair!

Among the companies were:

No doubt you will see many of them making the headlines some time soon:)

Many thanks to all the people who I had the pleasure to work with along these years: Naresh, Mark, Arvin, Nieves, Tyler, Michaela, Lance, Taghreed, Ioana, Aislan, Johannes, Robert, Luiz, Dusan, Kaiyang, Josh, Balthazar, Alireza and Benson.

BPEP team circa 2015

BPEP team circa 2015

Now it’s time to leave room to the new generation. But I’ll forever be with BPEP!