Largest Start-up Class Yet Enters UC Berkeley’s Expanding Accelerator

Xconomy San Francisco — 

More than a hundred startup teams are beginning a training and mentoring program this month at the Berkeley SkyDeck Accelerator—the largest group ever accepted to the UC Berkeley program since it was founded in 2012.

Aside from the funding, free office rent, and other resources offered by the startup accelerator located near the edge of the Berkeley campus, the program is also setting an example for its young companies—as an organization going all out for growth.

SkyDeck, originally launched as free office space where startups could roost and benefit from the advice of mentors from the university community, now partners with an affiliated venture capital firm, Berkeley SkyDeck Fund, which invests $100,000 in each company entering the program’s formal six-month session as a “Cohort” member.