Giving UC Berkeley Students the Freedom to Dream, Build, and Innovate


Cal has some of the most creative and driven minds in the world, and we at Free Ventures want to help student entrepreneurs in our community. We are a startup launchpad for students, providing resources and a framework to build ideas for products or services into companies.


since our founding in 2013, free ventures has incubated 46 teams in 8 batches.

collectively they've raised over $28 million, and gone on to do some amazing things.

YC-Backed Instant eSports Is ESPN for Competitive Gaming                                           TechCrunch
Y Combinator's Summer 2017 Demo Day - Wildfire                                                                                  —TechCrunch
The Vibrator of the Future Is Here — And Women Should Be Excited                                      —Mic
Wildfire App Alerts Users of Emergency Situations                                                                            —The Huffington Post

Funds That Have Invested in Our Companies:

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Find out more about our organization, accelerator program, internal team, and mission. 

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Spring 2017 batch

Take a peek at the awesome problems our batch companies are working to solve.

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We connect UC Berkeley's brightest minds to industry leaders in the Valley. 

Meet the firms we work with:

Looking to Get Involved?

We believe a university ecosystem is the ideal place to start up, and Cal is one of the best. But there's still a huge need for a strengthened community on campus to bring students together to tackle meaningful challenges.

Join us in our quest to build a better community.

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