UC Berkeley's
Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
Web Directory

UCB logoEntrepreneurship Drives Entrepreneurship Ecosystems:

Robust innovation ecosystems and related entrepreneurship ecosystems at universities are a mix of systematic and organic initiatives from the administration, faculty, students, private sector and government. This dynamism results in a variety of initiatives - many of which are continually evolving and sometimes overlapping. Consequently, healthy university ecosystems can be confusing - especially to new students and non-university people.

This entrepreneurship ecosystem web directory (EEWD) helps minimize confusion by providing a single source for all the entrepreneurship-related programs, events and resources that are available to the university community. The EEWD also helps the Cal community and others navigate the University's vast, dynamic entrepreneurship ecosystem.  

Integerate the EEWD:

Organizations can leverage the EEWD in two ways:

(1) The EEWD has an iframe implementation that can be easily embedded in an organization's website (just as easily as embedding a Youtube video or Google map). Here's an example of the iframe implementation:  http://ipira.berkeley.edu/entrepreneurship-ecosystem . To request the embed code click here.

(2) The EEWD is accessible via a link to entrepreneurship-ecosystem.berkeley.edu


Ecosystem Pentagon: Visually Conveying a University's Entrepreneurship Ecocsystem

What is an informative way to visually convey a university's entrepreneurship ecosystem (EE)? Robust university EEs are a mix of systematic and organic initiatives, so they aren't conducive to visual representation by an org chart or other hierarchical graphic. Likewise, the entrepreneurship process has multiple paths as well as many entry and exit points. So it's misleading to visually characterize a healthy EE as a formulaic set of activities on a timeline. Finally, many EE resources aren't associated with a physical location, so it doesn't work to use a map of the university to visually navigate the EE. 

PentagonHealthy university EEs can be segmented into five areas. The five areas don't have a strict sequential or hierarchical relationship to each other, except that the research and education area is fundamental to the university. So an effective way to represent the EE is via a 5-sided pyramid (tetrahedron) with the base plane representing the research and education area. However, a tetrahedron is difficult to represent on a web page. So the pyramid was flattened into a pentagon, and the research and education area is on the top triangle of the 5-sided polygon. A circle is centered inside the pentagon to convey that a robust university EE doesn't end at the borders of the campus. In a future release of the EEWD, the pentagon will have live links.

UC Berkeley's EEWD is an initiative of the Infrastructure Subcommittee of the VCR's Berkeley Innovation Council. The curator and lead developer of this initial release is Mike Cohen in the UC Berkeley Office of Technology Licensing. To update or comment on this version of the EEWD click here.