Unit Course

Boot Camp for Innovation, Technology, & Entrepreneurship

January 29 – February 13, 2018


Location: Haas School of Business || University of California, Berkeley


Classes will meet Saturdays from January 29, 2018 –  February 13, 2018.

Curriculum shaped and delivered by world-class professors from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and successful entrepreneurs and business leaders in Silicon Valley. While gaining 4 credits toward your degree, you will gain the skills, culture, and network you need to establish, operate, sustain, scale new businesses.

This 4-unit transferable course caters primarily to college and high school students, although learners from all age groups are welcome to apply. Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship, gaining familiarity with the processes that will allow them to go from ideas to implementation.

Students will be exposed to best practices on recruiting and retaining talent, forming teams, pitching ideas, raising capital, prototyping solutions, testing markets, selling and marketing products and services, and launching scalable enterprises capable of creating value in both economic and social terms. They will also learn how to define problems and determine which ones to solve, becoming familiar with formulating solutions that are “usefully different” from and superior to what exists on the market.

Throughout, theoretical and conceptual approaches will be supplanted by case studies and visits to Silicon Valley, where students will be exposed to practical examples of both budding and thriving startups, renowned technology companies, venture capitalists, angel investors, as well as incubators and accelerators. The course will be enriched by insights from entrepreneurs and VC’s, who will discuss their successes and failures, analyzing the lessons they have derived from each.

If you have any questions about the program or application please send an e-mail to amenaced@haas.berkeley.edu


Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

Important Information About the Application Process

To apply

  • Complete Online Application
  • Write an essay in English (no longer than 2 pages, single-spaced, 12-point type) that answers all of these questions:
    • Reflecting upon your knowledge and experiences, why do you think you would be a good fit for our Entrepreneurship Bootcamp?
    • Why do you want to attend the AMENA Entrepreneurship Bootcamp? What do you hope to gain by participating?
    • Why do you think entrepreneurship is a valuable skill to learn about?
    • What distinguishes you from your classmates? Describe some of your non-academic interests.
  • Attach your transcript including grades from your current school (can be an unofficial transcript)

* If English is not your native language, please write one paragraph describing your English educational background and experience.

Application Fees

A non-refundable $50 application fee must accompany the completed application. Applications submitted without payment will not be reviewed.

Application Deadline:

Applications are reviewed on and applicants accepted on a rolling basis.

Admission Requirements

We look for academically motivated, mature students who are interested in attending a rigorous entrepreneurship course. The AMENA Center is tailored to those who want to develop their knowledge of business or have a passion for entrepreneurship. The application and accompanying materials should convey and communicate your level of knowledge and motivation.


You may be asked to interview with a member of the Admissions Committee to determine admission to the program.

When we receive your complete application

(your application form, essay, all supplemental materials, and the application fee), you will be notified by e-mail. An admissions decision will be made and e-mailed to you within two weeks.


Those admitted into the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp have 1 week from your acceptance date to enroll online and pay the program fees. You are not enrolled until full payment is received.

For information about the course, please contact:

Kayvon Deldar:
Email: kdeldar@berkeley.edu

For those applying from China, your contact person is:

Raymond Yun Zhao,

Chief Representative and Recruiter for Greater China
Phone Number: +86-186-2191-0373

An experienced business consultant and entrepreneur, Raymond Zhao has worked and lived in more than 6 countries across 3 continents in his 20 plus years of professional career.

Mr. Zhao is a key regional leader and consultant in Strategic Marketing, Sales and Business Development for various industrial verticals including Clean Renewable Power, Advanced Energy Storage and Electric Transportation (HEV, PEV, and off-highway vehicles).

Mr. Zhao has held executive positions such as Group Vice President and Executive General Manager for various large Chinese enterprises before he began his own practice.  He has advised and consulted for private and public Chinese enterprises, as well as multinational conglometers like General Electric.  His engagements crossed from technology adaptation to mergers and acquisitions (M&A).


World-class experts at Haas School of Business, Successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angels, lawyers, and business leaders. Site visits to established companies, startups, incubators, accelerators, and design firms

Tour Silicon Valley

the leading hub and startup ecosystem for high-tech innovation. Experience the passion, drive, creativity, risk-taking, and persistence that created the world’s most successful tech executives and entrepreneurs.


What you will learn 

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Design Thinking
  • Prototyping
  • Market Evaluation
  • Structuring a Company
  • Building Effective & Socially Responsible Organizations
  • Financing
  • Legal Issues
  • And more!

Silicon Valley Site tours: