ABOUT

ABOUT SKYDECK

 

Located on top of the tallest building in Downtown Berkeley, SkyDeck is UC Berkeley’s premier startup accelerator. 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 and large network of investors connect their SkyTeams to the expertise and capital they need to launch and grow…to the moon.

OUR NETWORK

 

Our partnership with campus programs such as The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology and the Berkeley Haas Entrepreneurship Program provide teams with an interdisciplinary platform of support and mentorship.

 

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

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Caroline Winnett

Executive Director

Suzanne Levi

Program Manager

Catherine J. Supnet

Media & Marketing Manager

Akash Bakshi

Partnership Manager

Caroline Newman

Intern

Zach Thigpen

Intern

David Zhou

Intern

Marie Maier

Intern

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

ADVISOR REPRESENTATIVE TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tim Smith

Founder, Principal, Applied Design Group

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.