Leading Innovation Educators Launch Global Program Connecting Tech Students to Professional Mentors

Updated: Jun 24, 2021

BERKELEY, Calif., BOSTON and MADRID, Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading educators Dr. Ikhlaq Sidhu of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at UC Berkeley, Dr. Paris de l'Etraz of the IE University Venture Lab–the largest business school startup accelerator in Europe, and Mike Grandinetti, a serial tech entrepreneur and long standing entrepreneurship educator, currently affiliated with Brown, Harvard, MIT and other institutions as a faculty member, fellow, advisor and mentor, today announced the Global Venture Catalyst (GVC)™ program, a free opportunity connecting undergraduate technical students from the world's top-ranked universities with industry educators, mentors, and employers.

The program, which will be the first to implement an AI matching engine at a global scale, is a technical product design sprint, focused on helping students connect to career opportunities in both new ventures and established companies. Assigned to teams by an AI algorithm developed in UC Berkeley's Data-X Program, students will be paired with team members and mentors with similar interests and complementary skills to work on "innovation projects that matter" across multiple tracks. Participants will gain hands-on experience creating prototypes, pitching new ideas, and getting a feel for a career in technology entrepreneurship while building their portfolios.

GVC will bring together corporate and university sponsors, industry mentors, as well as MBA students and top technical undergraduate students from the world's leading universities who are currently matriculating in fields including engineering, data science, computer science, materials science, bioscience, and environmental science.

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