Berkeley SkyDeck is the Global Hub for entrepreneurs from around the globe, as they try to relocate to Silicon Valley. We help promising startups from around the world take form and thrive with the help of the UC Berkeley community.
With the Global Acceleration Program (GAP), foreign startups can take advantage of a range of specialized services available only through the UC Berkeley ecosystem, including:
Find customers with introductions through 500,000 living alumni – many are working in senior leadership positions in Silicon Valley;
Get curated introductions to 50+ premier seed / A-round investors in Silicon Valley, and pitch in front of 500+ at the SkyDeck Demo Day.
Find advisors through introductions to world-renowned scientists at UC Berkeley / UCSF / Lawrence Berkeley Labs;
Find collaborators / co-founders through the thousands of top MBA students, graduate students, post-docs at UC Berkeley;
Assistance with founder housing;
Assistance with legal / immigration questions. This program is extremely competitive, with fewer than 2% of applicants accepted. Most successful applicants have demonstrated revenue, and have also raised from investors in their home countries; they come to SkyDeck in order to build a global startup that Silicon Valley’s top investors want to invest in. Foreign startups looking to apply into the Global Acceleration Program are encouraged to ask for a recommendation from one of our Global Strategic Partners.