Formed as a partnership between the Haas School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, SkyDeck combines the consulting know-how of traditional accelerators with the vast resources of its research university.


This robust partnership is coupled with SkyDeck’s unique mentorship program to create a powerful environment for startups. Its SkyAdvisors, Partners, and large network of accredited investors connect their SkyTeams to the expertise and capital they need to launch and grow…to the moon.



SkyDeck’s office is on the penthouse floor of the tallest building in Downtown Berkeley. We have spectacular views of the UC Berkeley campus as well as the San Francisco Bay.


Our office consists of designated workspaces for our cohort teams, open workspaces for hot-deskers, a large event space, a community kitchen, various sized rooms for private meetings, and a hardware room for tinkerers. Our teams have access to these amenities for NO FEES AND NO EQUITY.



SkyDeck currently has 70+ Advisors and 15+ Partners who give back to our SkyTeams in the form of mentorship as well as legal, financial, and technical resources.


Our partnership with campus programs such as SCET and BHEP provides teams with an additional interdisciplinary platform of support.


We also have a large and active network of accredited investors, who are invited to attend our Demo Day at the end of each cohort session. Read about our most recent Demo Day here.



To help our startups become the next moonshots, SkyDeck hosts a plethora of events covering various spaces in the entrepreneurial landscape. SkyDeck events cover:



Our events are designed to bring interactive learning and growth among our SkyTeams, Advisors, Partners, and professional network.


Caroline Winnett

Executive Director

Suzanne Levi

Program Manager

Catherine J. Supnet

Design & Media Manager

Akash Bakshi

Partnership Manager

Cynthia Maxey

Investor Relations

Gordon Peng

Program Assistant


Shankar Sastry

Dean, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley

Rich Lyons

Dean, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Paul Alivisatos

Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Berkeley


Tim Smith

Portfolio Operations, Bee Partners

SkyDeck’s mission is to commercialize discoveries born from UC Berkeley research by accelerating startup ventures to help them go to market. The distinctive needs of not-for-profits are addressed by several campus units including The Haas School’s Global Social Venture Competition; mentoring at the Lester Center; and seed funding potential from the Berkeley Haas Entrepreneurship Program. The College of Engineering provides resources through the Blum Center, and the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. The Foundry at Citris accepts not-for-profits into their incubation program.