Launched in 2017 as part of Berkeley Law’s Startup@BerkeleyLaw initiative, Access to Entrepreneurship is designed to educate underrepresented entrepreneurs on how to start and grow their businesses and how to connect with investors, law students, attorneys, and other startup founders. Startup@BerkeleyLaw has been providing similar services to entrepreneurs across the UC Berkeley campus since 2015. Access to Entrepreneurship works with departments and faculty across campus, including the Berkeley Law Culture, Diversity, & Intergroup Relations Lab.
Click here to read about the launch of Access to Entrepreneurship.
Access to Entrepreneurship is currently the academic partner to Code2040, a nonprofit that aims to close the racial wealth gap in the United States by creating pathways to success in the innovation economy for Black and Latinx technologists. Through this partnership, Startup@BerkeleyLaw provides workshops, trainings and office hours to entrepreneurs that are part of the Code2040 network. Access to Entrepreneurship also supports the efforts of Berkeley Law’s New Business Practicum, which has a comprehensive partnership with UC Merced, where it joins forces with community organizations to provide comprehensive legal services to Central Valley entrepreneurs of limited means and lack of access to startup capital.
In 2017-2018, Access to Entrepreneurship will expand to provide additional educational resources and legal services to underrepresented entrepreneurs across the country. Furthermore, Access to Entrepreneurship is currently developing a workshop academy to train established investors and executives on how to effectively address issues of equity and inclusion.