At a university near you


" has given an incredible boost to our UC Berkeley startups. Their program is deep and their global connections broad. We are proud to nominate our best teams every year to apply."

caption imageAndre Marquis is the Executive Director at Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, University of California at Berkeley

University Collaboration

Every year we award millions of dollars to students, recent alumni and faculty at universities around the world to provide young innovators with the start they need. But its more than just money. We bring our 8D company building science to campus together with university innovation and entrepreneurial courses, clubs, incubators and competitions. Our mission is to inspire more young innovators to pursue their passions and provide them with the tools they need to creating world changing companies.


University Associates

Our university associates represent at their school. They work hard to find the best innovations on campus and prepare applicants to present to our team. Undergraduates, master students and PhDs are welcome to apply for an association position at your school. Its hard work but incredibly rewarding.

Meet Our Associates

Moses Lo

Moses Lo, UC Berkeley

My experience with has been tremendous over the past two years. The 8D Challenges have helped me understand the dynamics of building a company. Working with students on campus at UC Berkeley motivated me to start my own company. I’ve been responsible for recruiting, organizing presentations and evaluating applicants. I was especially excited when I met the Symbio Robotics team on campus. I knew they had a really world changing approach to making manufacturing safer and more efficient and FOUNDER is a great fit for the Symbio team who are highly technical.

Quintus Liu

Quintus Liu, University of Cambridge

Joining as an early Associate opened up the world of entrepreneurial possibilities. At Cambridge, I applied the 8D metrics to find the real industry-disruptors that are so distinct from prevalent cheesy apps. During my work with the most hopeful innovations on campus, I was fortunate to start my own company Serket as well. Bringing the 8D holistic mindset to Cambridge has helped create a major pool for healthcare innovation for At the World Founder Forums, I witnessed some of the most amazing companies among whom the next billion-dollar valuation surely belongs, the outcomes of just one year of working with executives.

Jack Dent

Jack Dent, Harvard

When I understood the real impact could have for students building companies, I immediately went through my network to find incredibly talented founders who would appreciate the business insights and industry know how that the FOUNDER executive team provides. I have stayed engaged with many of the companies that I connected with during my time as an associate. At HBS, companies like Dramatize really were able to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities at

How to bring to your university

If you are a member of faculty, a student, or a recent alumni, contact us for more information on
how to bring to your university.

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" has been a valuable partner for the MIT $100K. Michael's panels for semi-finalists are always over-subscribed, and his team has been creative and responsive in engaging with the hundreds of early ventures in our competition."

— Jacob Auchincloss, MIT
caption imageJacob Auchincloss is a Managing Director at MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition