Cash is the lifeblood of any business and gaining access to capital at the right time is critical for a successful startup. But investors can offer more than just money to a business – they have the potential to offer expertise and a strong network of contacts, too.
We recommend reading Paul Graham’s essay on How to Fund a Startup as a starting point. Getting your business noticed on AngelList is also a g00d idea.
Funding from UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley Accelerators
UC Berkeley offers a number of accelerator programs. These programs not only offer seed money, but also great mentorship and critical business connections.
UC Berkeley startup competitions
UC Berkeley hosts startup competitions that offer cash prizes of up to $60,000. Best of all, this seed money often comes with no strings attached.
UC Berkeley scholarships for entrepreneurs
Scholarships are a great way to relieve the pressure of student loans and receive small amounts of seed money for your business. Some scholarships require that you have already launched a company, while others just require a solid idea and plan.
UC Berkeley Angel Network
The UC Berkeley Angel Network has funded numerous startups out of Berkeley.
Dorm Room Fund
Dorm Room Fund is a student-run venture firm that invests in student-run companies. The average investment size is $20,000.
There are many other sources of venture funding out there, we’ve put just a few below.