The GVF was founded by Berkeley alumni VCs and corporate leaders who wanted to speed things up for entrepreneurs, corporates and VCs looking outside Silicon Valley to source companies.
GVF teams with a Selection Team of professional investors and industry leaders, as well as a dozen MBAs of UC Berkeley each year who provide intellect and domain breadth from some of the Bay Area’s top companies. We also partner with the head of Europe’s leading VC club, The International Venture Club, Microsoft Ventures, one of the Belgian Investment & Trade Agencies (Flanders), iMinds & Engineers from École Polytechnique (Paris),Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, Fenwick & West, Deloitte, Consulate General of The Netherlands, Ministries of Economic Affairs, National Entrepreneurship Programs, and others.
In 2017, the partners include Flanders Investment & Trade Agency, Poland’s Cybersec Hub (Krakow), Microsoft Ventures (hosts) and Berkeley faculty, student and alumni communities.
In addition to the Bay Area, New York, Boston and Los Angeles, GVF has been active in Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, London, Brussels, Barcelona, Budapest, Warsaw and more recently Singapore and Greater China.