Yesterday we ventured over the Bay Bridge to visit a university in our farther away backyard, UC Berkeley.
Beyond the info. session we held at the Haas School of Business, we got to meet with a few other student groups that are helping inspire the entrepreneurial spirit on campus. One was the Haas Entrepreneurs Association, which is the largest student organization at UC Berkeley with over 500 members. The other was the CSGE (Computer Science Graduate Entrepreneurs), which is a smaller, more specialized entrepreneurial group that’s focused on solving highly technical challenges.
A lot of questions about Summer@Highland circled around how we evaluate team members, and with our investment focus on technology, many students asked if you have to be technical in order to apply. The answer? It depends. What we look at when we’re evaluating each team is if they have the background and credibility to execute on their idea. So if the idea is highly technical and there are no technical team members, we will likely have less confidence in your company’s success than if you did.
But really at the end of the day you should only apply (and pursue an entrepreneurial venture in general) if you have an idea you’re so passionate about you can’t stop working on it. It gets you out of bed each morning and keeps you up late at night, and feels more like a personal endeavor than a professional one. It’s that sort of drive and excitement we’re really looking for versus strictly what’s on your resume.
And on that note, only 26 days left to get your application in. Have at it!
- Amy White, Director of Marketing, Highland Capital Partners
A good recap of our trip to Berkeley: