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.



SkyDeck currently has 80+ Advisors and 15+ Partners who give back to our SkyTeams in the form of mentorship as well as legal, financial, and technical resources.


We have a network of faculty-in-residence, who are not only preeminent members of the science community in the UC Berkeley / UCSF ecosystem, but also often accomplished entrepreneurs in their own right.


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.



SkyDeck hosts a plethora of events covering various spaces in the entrepreneurial landscape. Events cover:



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

SkyDeck is UC Berkeley’s official startup accelerator, created by and for UC Berkeley, so it was an obvious choice for us to support SkyDeck and their fund. Their stunning penthouse location in downtown Berkeley combined with their access to the massive resources of the university make them the number-one choice for startups in Berkeley.”

– Rebecca Lynn, Partner, Canvas Ventures


Caroline Winnett

Executive Director

Suzanne Levi

Program Director

Bree Cahill

Director of Partnerships

Catherine J. Supnet

Director of Design & Media

Gordon Peng

Program Assistant

Ludwig Schoenack

MBA Campus Ambassador

David Zhou

Undergraduate Campus Ambassador


Shankar Sastry

Dean, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley

Rich Lyons

Dean, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

G. Steven Martin

Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Berkeley


Gary Meyers

Enterprise Software Executive

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.