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2019 Innovators@Cal: Fostering Innovation Across UC Berkeley

Big Ideas Contest

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

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UC Student Nov 5, 2019 Free  
UC Faculty or Staff Nov 5, 2019 Free  
General Public Nov 5, 2019 Free  

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Hosted by Big Ideas, Jacobs Institute for Design InnovationCITRIS Tech for Social Good, Fung Institute, Women in Tech Initiative (WITI), BHEP (Haas), and The Foundry, 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!


This year, Innovators @ Cal is proud to host the keynote speakers, Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Vélez, co-founders of Back to the Roots and Cal alumni. Based in Oakland, Back to the Roots Inc. makes indoor gardening kits and aquaponic fish tanks for producing organic mushrooms, herbs, and vegetables at home. Back to the Roots has evolved from a college kitchen experiment into a passion for urban gardening and a mission to reconnect families back to food. Come hear Nikhil and Alejandro give valuable entrepreneurial insights and answer questions about their social entrepreneurship journey. 


Event Schedule 

6:00 - 7:00PM | KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Vélez from Back to the Roots, Sutardja Dai Hall (Banatao Auditorium)

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

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Big Ideas Contest

Big Ideas is an annual contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have “big ideas.” Since its founding in 2006, Big Ideas has inspired innovative and high-impact student-led projects aimed at solving problems that matter to this generation. By encouraging novel proposals and then supporting concrete next steps, Big Ideas is helping contest winners make an impact all over the world.

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