SkyDeck is UC Berkeley’s largest startup accelerator and incubator.

Created as a joint venture between The Department of Engineering, Haas Business School, and the Vice Chancellor for Research Office, SkyDeck serves as a gateway into UC Berkeley’s startup ecosystem.

Located at 2150 Shattuck Ave. in downtown Berkeley, SkyDeck is just one block from the University in the penthouse of the city’s tallest building, the SkyDeck Building.

SkyDeck welcomes the most promising domestic and international startup teams to participate in our unique accelerator through participation in a six-month cohort or through our hotdesking program.

Participating startups receive access to world class mentors, capital investment, and the vast resources of a large research university to propel their ventures. Cohort companies receive instruction in the Berkeley Acceleration Method (BAM) and benefit from access to the entire Berkeley startup ecosystem, including connections to our world-class Industry Partners.


Golden Bear Partners

  • Access to SkyDeck’s full startup review pipeline (1,000+ startups per year)
  • Concierge access and support facilitating meaningful and sustained interactions with startups, researchers, and administrators across campus entrepreneurship
  • Partner-branded Industry Roundtable on a topic of your choice hosted and developed by SkyDeck
  • Select one startup team per cohort (two annually) for incubation through the SkyDeck HotDesk program
  • Up to two seats on the SkyDeck External Advisory Board to help set programmatic direction for SkyDeck Industry Partner
  • All Silver Bear level partner benefits

Silver Bear Partners

  • Direct visibility into the startups at SkyDeck and their ventures
  • Support connecting within key industry verticals on campus
  • Host a workshop on a selected topic
  • Partner logo displayed in SkyDeck and on SkyDeck website
  • Priority seating at biannual “Demo Day,” featuring pitches by all cohort teams and 350+ attendees from the VC community
  • A seat on the SkyDeck External Advisory Board
  • Opportunity to provide consistent office hours to SkyDeck teams
  • Priority access to SkyDeck events and workshops


Vendor Partners provide teams with valuable services in the form of office hours. Vendor partners include our legal and financial partners.


Sponsors provide support for important events such as Demo Day and the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Expo.


Resource Partners provide value to the teams in the form of free services/consultation during their tenure at SkyDeck or a deep discount for services provided.

Global Partners

Global Partners can access our startups, our accelerator programs and best practices, and learn from the experiences of SkyDeck and the Berkeley entrepreneurial ecosystem.

If your company is interested in becoming a partner, please contact us for more information.




Analog Devices   Ericsson




Ford            Midea   OSIsoft  Universal Display



WSGR  Venable  Lowenstein Sandler   First Repulic Bank   





Adobe   Amazon Web Services         

      Microsoft Azure      



“We have been very impressed with the quality, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit of the start-ups within SkyDeck, as well as with the professionalism of the SkyDeck Management team. SkyDeck is evolving into a strategic bridge between the University, the students, and industry, providing significant benefits to all parties.”

– Pat O’Doherty, Vice President, Emerging Business
Analog Devices



SkyDeck is a program of the University of California, Berkeley. Unlike many other startup accelerators, we do not take an equity stake in any of the startups in our programs. Instead we rely heavily on the generosity of the community to ensure our continued operations.


Donations to SkyDeck make a direct and immediate impact to our programming and our ability to help U.C. Berkeley startups deliver bigger breakthroughs. SkyDeck accepts both monetary and in-kind donations.


If you would like to discuss how you can help SkyDeck or our current cohort of teams, please reach out to us.