• Why We Have the Visionary Awards

    The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce created the Visionary Awards in 2014 to celebrate people with the imagination and persistence to innovate in the City of Berkeley. Long known as a city on the vanguard of public policy and social activism, Berkeley is growing its reputation as a place for world-leading companies. These enterprises represent the latest generation of Berkeleyans working to change the world. Their visions are key to the vitality of Berkeley and the greater Bay Area.

    With the unique attributes of the UC Berkeley, the Berkeley Lab, and our dynamic community, ingenious entrepreneurs are choosing Berkeley as the place to launch their ventures. Their companies are creating high quality jobs and striving to meet the challenges of the next generation. The Chamber has partnered with the City of Berkeley, the University of California, the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to showcase these brilliant people.

    Together we encourage Berkeley talent to launch in Berkeley, hire in Berkeley and grow their enterprises in Berkeley.


  • 2016 Awardees

  • Stephen Isaacs, Aduro Biotech
  • Emilie Mazzacurati, 427 Climate Solutions
  • Danielle Applestone, Other Machine Co.
  • 2015 Awardees


  • Jill Fuss, CinderBio
  • Will Wright, Sim City & Stupid Fun Club
  • Vivienne Ming, Socos Learning

    2014 Awardees

  • Sylvain Costes, Exogen Biotech
  • Chris Anderson, 3D Robotics