Berkeley Innovation Forum

Upcoming BIF: Spring 2017 Speaker line-up, available HERE

The Berkeley Innovation Forum is a membership organization hosted by  Dr. Henry Chesbrough, Faculty Director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation. Professor Chesbrough has become a world renowned authority on the topic of open innovation, a term that he is credited with inventing. BIF is an exclusive membership group consisting of carefully selected corporate Directors from non-competing firms who are deeply involved in managing innovation within their company. Current members include a number of technology companies, such as Cisco, SAP and Intel. But other sectors are also represented, through members like DuPont, Coca-Cola, UnitedHealthCare, and Standard Chartered Bank, consumer-oriented companies like Nestle, as well as a number of international firms. The forum provides its members an ongoing window on innovation challenges confronting companies around the world, and gathers members together to share their experiences in dealing with these challenges. We also incorporate recent innovation research, from UC Berkeley and other universities. We keep the size of the membership limited in order to promote greater exchange of viewpoints.

Fall 2016 Speaker line-up, available HERE


BIF Member Login

[members resources page: requires password]

For more information contact:

Solomon Darwin e-mail:darwin@haas.berkeley.edu phone: (510) 643-4133

A glimpse of the Berkeley Innovation Forum, Fall 2016

View Spring 2016 BIF video here & Fall 2015, BIF video here


Information for Potential Members

The Berkeley Innovation Forum is an exclusive membership group consisting of carefully selected corporate Directors who are deeply involved in managing innovation within their company. Current members include a number of technology companies, such as Autodesk, Cisco, SAP and GE. But other sectors are also represented, through members like DuPont, Coca-Cola, Johnson and Johnson, UnitedHealthCare, and Standard Chartered Bank. There are also five Japanese firms, Wipro from India, three firms from Europe and one from the Middle East in the membership. The forum provides its members an ongoing window on innovation challenges confronting companies around the world, and gathers members together to share their experiences in dealing with these challenges. We also incorporate recent innovation research, from UC Berkeley and other universities. We keep the size of the membership limited in order to promote greater exchange of viewpoints.

Membership benefits include:

  1. an invitation to BIF Forums [two annual 2-day sessions]
  2. two briefing sessions
  3. access to online materials and related workshops
  4. access to new research out of the Center for Open Innovation
  5. access to other relevant innovation research coming out of Berkeley

The thoughtfully designed networking activities during the BIF forums are highly rated by our members. Membership in the Forum is $12,000 a year which provides an ongoing source of research funds for the activities of the Program in Open Innovation here at Haas. These funds are tax deductible to the member organizations. While the exact title of the person varies from company to company, the typical member will be a VP or general manager level person within the organization. The key requirement is that the member brings a broad perspective of his or her organization’s innovation activities, and be willing to engage in discussion about issues and effective practices with others.

Membership List of BIF at the Program in Open Innovation
  • Applied Material
  • Coca-Cola Company
  • DuPont
  • Ericsson
  • ezDI, Inc.
  • FedEx Services
  • Fujitsu Labs of America, Inc.
  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
  • Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration (Lennox)
  • Hitachi America Ltd.
  • Hero Cycles Limited
  • IBM
  • Intel Corporation
  • Kaneka Americas Holding Inc.
  • Lancaster University
  • Nestle Purina PetCare
  • NTT Innovation Institute
  • Otter Products, LLC
  • Paradigm Mtuity, Inc.
  • SAP AG
  • Siemens Technology-to-Business
  • Solix Technologies
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co.
  • Tech Mahindra
  • Toyota Motor North America (TMNA)
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Wipro Technologies
  • W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc
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