Recently, the University of California at Berkeley sponsored a program where it brought together several start-up companies for a pitch contest before a panel of judges. One of these companies was started by a group of young entrepreneurs who attend the school. Other groups were teams founded by those who participated in the Tsinghua-Berkeley Global Technology Entrepreneurship Program (GTE), a Chinese group that has taught some top government officials and industry captains in China.
This program is not the only one of its kind. The University also operates SkyDeck, a program that works to combine the resources of the schools of Engineering, Business and Research. Skydeck hosts contests to provide emotional support to students and encourage their development. These programs are open to students of all academic backgrounds. The courses are competition-based. Students must form teams and compete against each other to win prizes.