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Listed below are resources to help budding entrepreneurs develop and grow their ideas. They include volunteer and governmental organizations dedicated to the development of small business and a reading list for those just getting started or looking for the answer to that nagging question.

Lester Center Resources
UC Berkeley and Bay Area Incubators and Resources
Entrepreneurial On-Line Resources, Columns & Blogs
Lester Center Reading List
Local Events 

Lester Center Resources

Student Groups
Skydeck Incubator
2150 Shattuck Avenue, Penthouse
Berkeley, CA 94704

UC Berkeley and Bay Area Incubators and Resources


San Francisco Bay Area Organizations

The African Network Entrepreneurship Site
The Alameda County Small Business Development Center
Astia (formerly Women’s Technology Cluster)
Berkeley Startup Cluster
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
San Francisco Small Business Development Center
Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center

On-Line Resources, Columns and Blogs

“Opportunities” with Peter Fiske (Berkeley MBA ’02)

The Secret History of Silicon Valley“, a presentation given by Haas entrepreneurship Lecturer Steve Blank at one of Google’s weekly Tech Talks.

Top-10 Most Common Intellectual Property Rights Mistakes During Venture Capital Due Diligence” by Dennis Fernandez, Managing Partner at Fernandez & Associates LLP

Legal Information from lawyers.com

Help with Your Small Business Finances from Debt.org

Vivek Wadhwa

Steve Blank

Tech Crunch


Bright Journey


Lester Center Suggested Reading List

The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf 

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers

Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup

Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail 

Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm

 Design of Everyday Things

Local Events

Take advantage of the unrivaled selection of Bay Area events for entrepreneurs.  Some great places to look include TechCrunch events and the StartupDigest email list.  Meetup.com is a great place to find local entrepreneurs events, including Biotech, Energy InnovatorsWeb Technology, Mobile Technology, Cleantech and Renewable Energy meetups near Berkeley.