Speed Teaming Pilot Program

Speed Teaming Pilot Program - October 20, 4:30-6:30pm

Berkeley LSEC's Speed Teaming Pilot will introduce would-be startup founders with complementary expertise, with the goal of finding fruitful matches. Participants will include technical experts with a potentially commercializable technology, and individuals with business, operational, or technical expertise who are interested in co-founding or joining a startup.


One of the most commonly expressed pain points relating to academic life sciences entrepreneurship is the challenge of finding a startup company teammate or co-founder with complementary skills, particularly with science and business expertise. Investors expect balanced startup teams, and several entrepreneurship programs on campus require it, such as Berkeley SkyDeck, UC LAUNCH, and NSF I-Corps. Moreover, a balanced team helps gain admission to and ensure success in programs such as Nucleate Bio, StEP, Form+Fund, and SkyDeck Pad-13.

Successful startup teams have been formed across departments at Berkeley, but much of the success is related to the resourcefulness and luck on the part of the founders to find each other.

Speed Teaming Solution

Inspired by the methods used to match Key Advisors with cohort startups at Berkeley SkyDeck as well as speed dating events, we propose a non-curated and non-algorithmic approach to connecting possible would-be teammates. We'll facilitate a up to a dozen 10-minute one-on-one meetings over the course of two to three hours, between would-be startup founders with disparate areas of expertise - for example science or business. This Speed Teaming process will be run with the understanding that most - or possibly even all - of the meetings will not result in any fruitful connection. But if one or two strong connections are made, the effort would be considered a success.

Berkeley LSEC is hosting a pilot event to test the concept and refine the details. We are soliciting interest from students in the sciences and business to take part in this program. The goal is to find up to 12 candidates from each of the science and business domains, weighted toward admitting graduating students, postdocs and MBA and MPH students. We do not accept individuals or service providers merely looking to find clients. Basic biographical and contact information about each of the attendees will be distributed before the event.

For each of the Speed Teaming rounds, participants will be placed in a Zoom room with another attendee. At the end of each ten-minute session, they return to the main zoom room.

We will leave any follow-up conversations to be arranged by the attendees, who will be encouraged to communicate with each other after the event if they find potential synergies.

Campus Collaborations

This pilot program will be presented by the Berkeley Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Center, with support from IPIRA, the Haas/SPH MBA/MPH program, and Haas Healthcare Association.

Interested in participating in the Speed Teaming Pilot Program? Apply here by Oct 10!

We are piloting this program on October 20, 4:30-6:30pm, in an online session. If you are interested in participating, please apply here, and we will contact you concerning admission to the program.