THE SKYDECK PROGRAM

COHORT OR HOT-DESKING TRACK?

 

Cohort teams have a Lead Advisor, go through the 6-month BAM program, attend all required events, are generally present at SkyDeck, and are fully engaged members of the SkyDeck community. They have a dedicated work space and have the expectation to present at Demo Day.

 

Hot-Desk teams are typically a little early for SkyDeck. They are interested in a shorter stay than 6 months and/or already have funding and want to engage with the SkyDeck community. They do not have assigned work space or a Lead Advisor, but are invited to work in the open areas and to attend all workshops and events. Graduates of the cohort program are also invited to hot-desk for 6 months post-graduation, if space is available.

GLOBAL FOUNDERS PROGRAM (GFP)

 

SkyDeck welcomes entrepreneurs from around the globe to apply to our Global Founders Program (GFP). The GFP enables foreign nationals to come to UC Berkeley to research entrepreneurship and emerging technologies at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) while working on their startup at SkyDeck. Founders accepted to the GFP will interact with the startup ecosystem in Silicon Valley while researching entrepreneurship at SCET and SkyDeck. Global founders will be eligible to participate in the program for up to two years.

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BERKELEY ACCELERATION METHOD (BAM)

 

BAM is SkyDeck’s proprietary, six-month program to accelerate startups towards a position of strength for growth and survival in their market. It is a practical, experience-based program designed by serial entrepreneurs, VCs, and thought leaders informed by the discipline of entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley.

 

The program has 6 practice areas: Product Story, Market Traction, Business Model, Team Development, Funding Plan, and Design. For each practice area, cohort teams attend a mandatory 1-2 hr. workshop during their six-month residence at SkyDeck. Each workshop is led by an industry expert from our network of Advisors.

BERKELEY ACCELERATION METHOD

BAM ADVISOR EXPERTS

David Riemer

Product Story

Lecturer, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Iklahq Sidhu

Market Traction

Chief Scientist, UC Berkeley - CoE - SCET

John Hubinger

Business Model

CEO, Hub and Spoke Ventures

Hilary Weber

Team Development

Founder, Opportu Startup Leadership

Garrett Goldberg

Funding Plan

Principal, Bee Partners

Tim Smith

Design

Portfolio Operations, Bee Partners

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