We're looking to support student entrepreneurs who are passionate and proactive about building their ideas into impactful startups


Applications are currently closed for our Spring 2017 Batch -- please check back in August 2017 to apply to our Fall '17 Batch.

If you are building something and would like to show us, we'd be happy to meet in person to learn more and connect you with the appropriate resources at Cal to help you on your journey. We collaborate with The House, SCET, SkyDeck, CITRIS, and other organizations on campus, and would be happy to help!



Free Ventures is our semester-long accelerator program where student startup teams receive class units, need-based funding, mentorship via mentor workshops, resources, and workspace.

APPLY To the FreeV Internal Team

If you're interested in joining our mission to empower talented Cal students to keep building & creating, we'd love to hear from you! Please note: we are currently only recruiting freshmen and sophomores


To learn more about our incubator to see if this is right for you, please visit our program page or contact farbod@freeventures.org. If we can't be of help, we'd be happy to direct you to The House or other on-campus resources to help your company scale.




Do I have to be a Cal student to apply?

We ask that at least one member of your team is currently enrolled at UC Berkeley and pursuing either an undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctorate degree. We welcome students across disciplines and experience levels who are working to solve impactful challenges.

How often do you RECRuit founders for your batches?

Free Ventures operates two batches per year in each the Spring and Fall. Our applications open during the first two weeks of each semester, after which top candidates are offered a 20-minute interview with our team and selected following a rigorous process of consideration.

How often do you accept applications for the internal team?

We are always looking for talented, passionate people to join our internal team. Submit an application above!