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Berkeley Summer Abroad

Portugal: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe - SUSPENDED

  • Summary


    Join the European Innovation Academy in Cascais, Portugal for an intensive, fast-paced learning experience, where you will learn from venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, executives from Silicon Valley companies, and experts from across the globe.

    Berkeley students spend the first week in Porto, Portugal for a series of challenges, leadership training, and team formation built on the foundations of the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship. Afterward, you will travel to Cascais to collaborate with over 60 mentors and 400 students from all over the world. Whether you’re a seasoned student entrepreneur or have barely heard of Silicon Valley, this rigorous program gives you an incredible opportunity to explore your passion and potential within the startup scene and the world of business.

    Learn more about this program from UC Berkeley student Justin S., who participated in this program in the summer of 2019.

    The program is divided into 2 parts: 

    IEOR 192: Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (2 units) - Graded or P/NP

    The Berkeley Leadership Week:  The first week of the program takes place in Porto and leverages the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMoE) methodology to prepare students to build startups in the next phase of the program. This week focuses on building leadership skills through experiential learning. 

    IEOR 185: Challenge Lab (4 units) - Graded or P/NP

    UC Berkeley Students will join the world’s largest extreme entrepreneurship program - The European Innovation Academy - Where they will develop an idea to a tech start-up in 15 days.

    Items to note:

    • Student accommodation will be single rooms in Lisbon, and a bus will be picking students up to take them to Cascais every day (20-minute ride). 
    • Courses are for a letter grade
    • No meals are included in the program fee
    • The excursion is during the 1st week in Porto this year 
    • Students receive the  SCET Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technology upon completion of summer abroad

    Dates: July 5 - August 2, 2020

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English


    • IND ENG 185: Challenge Lab (4 units)
    • IND ENG 192: Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (2 units)


    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher


    • Application opens February 3, 2020
    • All applicants must complete a 15-minute pre-application advising session before submitting an application. Applicants can click this link to schedule a session.
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 15, 2020


  • Courses

    During the program, you will take two courses for a total of 6 Berkeley units.
    Course Industrial Engineering & Operations Research 185
    Title: Challenge Lab
    Instructor: Stephen Torres & Ken Singer
    Units: 2 units
    Prerequisites: None

    In collaboration with the European Innovation Academy (EIA), students work in cross-discipline lean start-up teams vying to create innovative products. Teams will navigate realistic weekly challenges introduced through case studies. They will understand real-world constraints, use rapid iterative build, and validate development methods.

    Course Industrial Engineering & Operations Research 192
    Title: Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship
    Instructor: Stephen Torres & Ken Singer
    Units: 4 units
    Prerequisites: None

    Developed at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMoE) is a unique pedagogy that is offered in three interconnected layers of theory, entrepreneurial mindset, and new venture networks. A seminal aspect of the BMoE is the use of a game-based learning approach to developing the entrepreneurial mindset and social behaviors needed to develop successful new ventures. The curriculum embeds games and exercises within an experiential and competition-based journey of venture creation.

    You can fulfill the L&S International Studies breadth requirement by full participation in a Berkeley Summer Abroad program. All of the required courses must be completed with a C-/P or better.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.


  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2020 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee $3,326 $3,326
    Total Cost $5,840 $6,626

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $60.


    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    2020 Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,416
    Additional Meals $957
    Books $218
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $424
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $3,015


    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.

    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $419 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit

    The program fee includes* the following items:

    • Students will be housed in shared accommodations with other program participants
    • Excursions
    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for group transportation, guest lecturers, museum admissions, etc.
    • The $400 deposit. If accepted to the program, the $400 deposit is non-refundable and will be applied towards your program fee. If you are waitlisted or denied admission to the program, your deposit will be refunded. Please note that for continuing UC Berkeley students, the deposit will be charged to your CalCentral account at the time you apply. Financial aid eligible students can wait until their summer aid is disbursed to pay the deposit.

    *Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes


  • Timeline
    Application opens February 3, 2020
    Application closes March 15, 2020
    Applicants notified of selection March 20, 2020
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 3, 2020
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Portugal July 5, 2020
    Last day of program August 2, 2020

    * These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    † Students are expected to check into program housing on July 5, 2020 and will be expected to check out of program housing on August 2, 2020. Students who arrive in-country early or depart after the last day may do so, but they are responsible for arranging their own accommodations outside of the program dates.

    All dates are subject to change.

  • Instructors

    Stephen Torres

    Stephen Torres is an Industry Fellow and Faculty at Berkeley Engineering's Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. His business career spans consumer products, technology, and renewable energy. He is a Hall of Fame sales manager turned Entrepreneur. Stephen had founded two startups, leading each to a successful exit. He completed his undergraduate studies at Berkeley and his MBA at Cornell.


    Ken Singer

    Ken Singer is a serial entrepreneur, technology executive, university lecturer, and director/advisor to numerous startups in the United States and Europe. A 14-year veteran of the mobile industry (enterprise software and digital advertising), Ken has been creating mobile solutions since cell phones first connected to the Internet at a whopping 28 kbps. Since then, he has founded or co-founded five companies in the mobility space. His experience spans all forms of mobile technology, from mobile video streaming to downloadable mobile apps. He has worked with Bluetooth, HTML5, GPS, SMS, and IVR, and he has served as a guinea pig for virtually every other acronym in the industry. Most recently, Ken was the co-founder and CEO of AppCentral, the first enterprise app store to let companies distribute mobile applications to their employees' iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Ken successfully led the company through difficult market conditions and several rounds of venture financing.

    Since 2008, Ken has been teaching the Mobile Applications and Entrepreneurship course in the College of Engineering. One of the first of its kind, the interdisciplinary course provides Berkeley students the opportunity to develop a working mobile application and business plan. Students pitch their businesses to active venture capitalists for a chance to create a real startup company. Ken has been promoting the curriculum around the world through a non-profit organization he started with two of his industry colleagues. Today, the Berkeley Mobile International Collaborative (BMIC) sponsors international competitions for university entrepreneurs. Ken has helped organize the past three competitions which have played host to the best university-based mobile startups from virtually every continent.

    Ken is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been a guest lecturer at Tsinghua University and CYUPS in Beijing. As a firm believer in paying it forward, Ken is on the board of several startups and continues to advise and invest in some of the most promising mobile companies in the Silicon Valley, Berlin, and Paris.