Cal Build

An exclusive network of Cal grads working together to start and build companies. Foundation Capital has proudly backed these Cal alumni companies.

Our UC Berkeley portfolio companies
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Databricks company logo


What’s included in Cal Build?

We want to help the next generation of Cal alumni start, build, and scale companies. 

We select 10 folks per month and work closely with them to achieve this. No fees, no cost.

Part of a small, hand-selected 10-person cohort.

Kick-off dinner with Joanne Chen and our investment team.

Access to Foundation Capital investment team for ideating and brainstorming.

Cofounder matching

Online community

Monthly educational events

Office space (SF)

Vendor discounts (AWS, Azure, etc)


Requirements to join

We will expand this program over time. Stay tuned for details. For now, we’re looking for:

Cal grad

Located in the Bay Area

We will offer additional locations in the future!

Building a B2B company

Company founder

Ready to build.

It’s free to join! We’re not investing and you’re not giving up equity. We want to help you build!

Deadline to apply for the August cohort:

July 31, 2024

If you have questions about the program, please email


1 year. There will be initial gatherings over the first 30 days, and then we’ll continue to offer you opportunities to join events.

For this initial cohort, we’re only accepting folks based in the Bay Area. We’ll widen this in the future.

We would prefer to meet in person. We have offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco. We will take a poll for the preferred location.

We’ll ask for ~2 hours of your time per week. We hope you spend significantly more outside of the program building.