CITRIS Foundry | Investing in The Future
CITRIS Foundry is the University of California accelerator for founders building deep technology startups. We bring extensive experience at the leading edge of university-driven innovation and entrepreneurship to guide startups and institutional partners in bridging the gap from lab to market.
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Investing in The Future


Innovation is thriving at UC Berkeley. Since 2013, CITRIS Foundry has helped more than 150 campus entrepreneurs launch technologies and companies that are shaping the future.


Walk into our brand-new startup Hub on campus and you’ll see them working at the frontiers of gene editing, artificial intelligence, programmable hardware, energy systems, and other powerful technologies.


Our view is that the biggest opportunities and impact will emerge where disciplines collide — when the lines between engineering, computer science, biology, and other tech sectors begin to blur. The University of California’s culture and ecosystem form a radical space where these intersections are created daily.


Building upon the successes and track record of CITRIS Foundry, the Blue Bear Ventures Philanthropic Fund offers a new way to support a leading portfolio of deep technology startups from the University of California. Learn more about the vision and focus of Blue Bear Ventures at

A Gift That Gives Back, With Impact

Our faculty, student, and alumni founders thank you. We look forward to acknowledging your engagement!

What makes the Blue Bear Ventures Philanthropic Fund different?


  • Offers an exciting new option for giving at Cal

  • Your gift is invested into UC startups in transformative markets

  • 100% of positive future returns from these investments will be donated by Blue Bear Ventures back to UC Berkeley

  • Professionally managed through the University of California, Berkeley Foundation as a tax-deductible gift

To learn more about opportunities with the Blue Bear Ventures Philanthropic Fund, please contact Deepak Gupta at (510) 621–7741 or email