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2018 Innovators@Cal: Fostering Innovation Across UC Berkeley

Monday, October 8, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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Inspiring innovators, fast-pitch opportunities, networking, team-building & more! 


Sasha OrloffSasha Orloff is CEO and co-founder of LendUp, a destination for the 56% of Americans shut out or mistreated by traditional financial services. LendUp's ecosystem is designed to promote responsible financial behavior through embedded education, incentives, and exceptional customer service. Sasha is one of the industry's few CEOs with experience serving customers at both ends of the economic spectrum—the bottom and the top one percent.

With offices in San Francisco, CA, and Richmond, VA, LendUp is backed by more than $325 million in debt and equity financing from investors such as GV, Y Combinator, QED Investors, PayPal, Susa Ventures, Data Collective, Thomvest Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Kapor Capital, Bronze Investments, radicle impact, Victory Park Capital, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Gmail founder Paul Buchheit, Troy Carter, and many others.

Before founding LendUp, Sasha held roles in risk management, finance, online acquisitions, and customer insights on Citi’s consumer credit team, and most recently served as Senior Vice President on Citigroup's Venture Capital team. Earlier in his career, Sasha worked for the Grameen Foundation Technology Center, the World Bank, and a venture-backed startup called Ingenio, which was acquired by AT&T. He has a B.S. in applied math and behavioral psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from Georgetown University.


6:00 - 7:00PM | GUEST SPEAKERSutardja Dai Hall (Banatao Auditorium)

7:00 - 7:30PM | STUDENT PITCHES: Sutardja Dai Hall (Banatao Auditorium)

  • If you are interested in pitching or whiteboarding, please fill out this form (Space is limited!)

7:30 - 8:30PM | WHITEBOARD & TEAM BUILDING SESSION / REFRESHMENTS: Blum Center for Developing Economies (B100/B110 Blum Hall). 


Hosted by Big Ideas, GSVCLAUNCH, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Tech for Social Good Program, and the Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition. Innovators@Cal is an exciting event which fosters collaboration across the UC Berkeley campus. If you have an idea or startup, are looking to form or join a team, or are interested in the entrepreneurship resources available - this event is for you!

Innovators@Cal provides students and student teams with opportunities to advance their ideas and ventures through two-minute pitches as well as through whiteboard sessions where teams can discuss their ideas with audience members, receive feedback, recruit new team members and more!

Have questions about 2018 Innovators@Cal: Fostering Innovation Across UC Berkeley? Contact the organizer

When & Where

UC Berkeley
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall & B100 Blum Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720

Monday, October 8, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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