Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley

The Intel Global Challenge at UC-Berkeley has been discontinued.

Statement from Intel Corporation:

Intel is committed to advancing technology innovators of tomorrow. The highly successful Intel Global Challenge has resulted in creation of over 1900 jobs and 56.5M investment dollars in participating start-ups. We have recently evaluated our portfolio of entrepreneurship offerings and after much deliberation; we have decided to not continue the Intel Global Challenge in 2015.  Thank you to all of participants in the program and congratulations to all of the winners.  We will continue to seek new opportunities to support entrepreneurship programs globally and encourage students to keep pursuing development of innovative technologies and solutions that can make a positive impact on society.

Information about past Challenges:

Each Fall since 2005, the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business, UC-Berkeley, hosted the Intel Global Challenge in collaboration with the Intel Foundation. The Challenge supported and promoted entrepreneurship around the world as part of the Intel Foundation's global Entrepreneurship Initiative. It brought together the best business, science and engineering students to network, learn from leading entrepreneurship educators and compete for $100,000 in prizes by pitching their businesses to prominent Silicon Valley investors.  See the competitors in action on the Intel Global Challenge Facebook Page. The teams come from the top research institutions from across the globe - dozens of countries including Brazil, China, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Singapore and the United States. The teams have won prominent regional competitions including Desafío Intel (Intel Challenge Latin America)BIT RussiaIntel Business Challenge EuropeIntel Challenge APACIntel Challenge MENAIntel Challenge TurkeyIntel Cup China and the UC Berkeley Startup Competition.

More information about past Challenges is available by clicking here.


2013 Winners

2013 Teams

2012 Winners

2012 Teams

2011 Winners

2011 Teams

2010 Winners

2010 Finals and Keynote Speaker (Ajay Bhatt) on video via YouTube

Haas School of Business Press Release for the 2009 Winners

Intel Press Release for the 2009 Winners

2009 Finals on video (YouTube)

Entrepreneur Curriculum

Developed at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley, the entrepreneur curriculum helps students understand how to start and grow high potential technology companies. It is a full year academic course that will appeal emerging entrepreneurs in both the engineering and business disciplines.

NEW: Keynote Lectures from the Intel Global Challenge 2013:

Lessons Learned from Steve Jobs, Guy Kawasaki

Getting Your Story Straight, David Riemer

Fireside Chat, Steve Blank

NEWS: Announcing the WINNERS
of the 2013 Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley

Grand Prize
Mobile Monitoring Station of Chile

First Prize, Internet, Mobile and Software Computing
Best Presentation
Gameleon of Bulgaria

First Prize, Hardware and Computing
Tensive of Italy

First Prize, Computing for Social Innovation
Best Poster
Karmashop of Mexico

Social Media Challenge

Best Team of Young Entrepreneurs
EZMON Technologies

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NEWS: IGC 2013 Teams Announced

Read about the teams here.

NEWS: Announcing the WINNERS
of the 2012 Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley

 Greenway Grameen, India
 Avetics, Singapore 
 Nanoly Bioscience, USA
 Sustainable Agriculture Solutions, Colombia

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NEWS: IGC 2012 Finalists Announced:
 Avetics, Singapore
 Biosyntia, Denmark
 Greenway Grameen, India
 InErPharm, Russia
 Inventive Power, Mexico
 Nanoly Bioscience, USA
 SurfDog, Brazil
 Sustainable Agriculture Solutions, Colombia

NEWS: Arvind Sodhani, executive vice president of Intel Corporation and president of Intel Capital, blogs about the Intel Global Challenge.

NEWS: Announcing the PARTICIPATING TEAMS for the 2012 Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley

Twenty-eight teams from around the world are participating in the 2012 Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley - read about them here.

NEWS: Announcing the WINNER
of the People's Choice Award for the 2011 Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley

Congratulations to ValleyFeed, the winner of the 2011 Intel Global Challenge People’s Choice Award! The winning team of student entrepreneurs from Saudi Arabia and Lebanon received a $5,000 prize from the Intel Foundation.

NEWS: Announcing the WINNERS
of the 2011 Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif., Nov. 11, 2011 – Forward, a team of student entrepreneurs from China, has won the 7th annual Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley (formerly the Intel+UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge), for creating Gaitu, a one-stop image processing platform that matches Chinese consumers with designers who add special effects, provide image-sharing services and turn edited photos into art or merchandise.

The Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley is a global business plan competition that encourages student entrepreneurs and rewards innovative ideas that have the potential to have a positive impact on society. The Intel Foundation will award a total of $100,000 in cash prizes, $50,000 of which went to Forward.

Second place and $20,000 was awarded to Maxygen-mobile DNA of Russia for inventing a low-cost, portable DNA test solution that can be used at the point of care to quickly identify thousands of infectious diseases, genetic predispositions and hereditary conditions. The $10,000 third-place prize went to NanoDiagX of Egypt, which used gold nanoparticles to develop a virus test that can detect Hepatitis C in less than an hour, and at one-tenth the cost of current commercial tests.

In addition, three special awards, worth $5,000 each, were presented to Intel Global Challenge teams earlier this week. The Social Innovation Award went to NextDrop of Berkeley, Calif., for its water management solution that helps people in emerging markets better predict water availability in communities. aQuainnova of Thailand won the Emerging Impact Award for the team's Genovex business tool, which can provide early detection of viral diseases in shrimp. The Young Innovator Award was given to the entrepreneurs from team BUCKY'o'Zun of Denmark for their inexpensive chemical compound that when added to sun lotions, anti-aging creams, paints, among other products, provides 99.99 percent protection against all forms of UV radiation.

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See the Full Challenge Program (pdf)