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OAKLAND, Calif. — A global shortage of semiconductors has cast a cloud over the plans of carmakers and other companies. But there’s a silver lining for Silicon Valley executives like Aart de Geus. He is chairman and co-chief executive of Synopsys, the biggest supplier of software that engineers use…

SkyDeck Fund Manager Chon Tang talks about how fundraising and venture has changed in the past year, and how the SkyDeck ecosystem is poised to meet new challenges and seek new opportunities in the current normal.

Fireside Chats – Talks with Leading Founders
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Newsletter – October 5, 2022

SkyDeck hosted its largest Demo Day in Berkeley last week, with over 320 in-person guests and another 900 attendees online! Batch 14’s innovative founders presented their startups, which included solutions for endometriosis (an incredibly painful disease afflicting women), tools to accelerate integrated photonics design, a…

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Newsletter – September 21, 2022

SkyDeck’s Executive Director, Caroline Winnett, was interviewed for Crunchbase’s “Female Leaders Series,” in which Winnett reflects that the soft skills of “grit, determination, and discipline” that she gained in pursuit of her professional music career, also helped her succeed as a serial entrepreneur. For entrepreneurs just starting…

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Newsletter – August 17, 2022

With the season of applications in the air, startups that are gunning to join an accelerator and leverage the benefits of an insta-network often wonder what the process for selection actually looks like. In his latest blog, SkyDeck Fund’s Founding Partner, Chon Tang, takes readers…

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Newsletter – August 3, 2022

Applications for Berkeley SkyDeck’s Batch 15 Acceleration Program have just opened. Apply by Aug. 31st here! SkyDeck’s hybrid acceleration program allows global startup founders direct access to Silicon Valley through the collective resources of the entire UC Berkeley ecosystem. In her latest blog post, Caroline Winnett…

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Newsletter – July 20, 2022

Berkeley SkyDeck is hosting the Batch 14 Virtual Pitch Showcase on Thursday, August 4th! Select SkyDeck Europe, Pad-13, and IPP companies will be pitching, followed by one-minute feedback from each of the judges. Judges include Caroline Winnett (Executive Director, SkyDeck), David Riemer (author of Get Your…

Midas Series – Talks with Leading VCs
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Newsletter – July 6, 2022

Berkeley SkyDeck is well known for hosting the largest Demo Day in the Bay Area for the startups in its accelerator, but it also hosts each cohort a pitch competition featuring the startups in its incubator and Innovation Partner Program.  This time around, SkyDeck will…

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Newsletter – June 15, 2022

The SkyDeck Fund is excited to welcome two new members to its team, Riddhi Khanna and Capucine du Besset, as Platform Associates. Both will be focused on deal sourcing, further developing the platform for SkyDeck startups, and facilitating greater connectivity between the SkyDeck network, potential…

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Newsletter – June 1, 2022

Join TechCrunch’s climate-tech conference, TC Sessions: Climate, on June 14th at UC Berkeley. The single day event features some of today’s biggest names, such as Impossible Foods founder, Pat Brown, SOSV’s General Partner, Pae Wu, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s Professor Bill Collins among many others….

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Newsletter – May 18, 2022

Last Wednesday, the campus leaders at UC Berkeley met with VCs at an exclusive UC Berkeley: Next Gen Entrepreneurship event to celebrate the launch of the new Bakar BioEnginuity Hub (BBH), a 40,000 sq ft  home for world class life science startups. The event featured three speakers,…

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Newsletter – May 4, 2022

Berkeley SkyDeck kicked-off its Batch 14 Program on Monday. Nearly 110 startups joined in person for orientation. The SkyDeck Penthouse was abuzz again for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Newsletter – February 1, 2023

Now that applications have opened for Berkeley SkyDeck’s Batch 16 Acceleration Program, Chon Tang (Founding Partner, Berkeley SkyDeck Fund), reflects on his experience when the bubble burst in 2000 and offers advice to today’s startups. Tang reflects that it’s possible to not only survive, but…

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Newsletter – January 18, 2023

Applications for Berkeley SkyDeck’s Batch 16 Acceleration Program have opened. Our hybrid program provides startup founders direct access to Silicon Valley through the UC Berkeley ecosystem, as well as a $200,000 investment from the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund for selected startups, access to 500+ extraordinary advisors/mentors,…

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Newsletter – December 7, 2022

Are you a Cal student? Give your resume a boost by securing a Spring internship! At SkyDeck’s Spring Intern Fair on December 9th, you’ll have the opportunity to meet virtually with up to 12 global founders from innovative startups in various sectors, ranging from B2B,…

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Newsletter – November 16, 2022

How can startups develop the driving force and purpose that will inspire others to support their vision? Berkeley SkyDeck’s Executive Director Caroline Winnett tackles this question in her new Fast Company article. “Your purpose must provide a clear vision of how you will solve a problem—or even…

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Newsletter – November 2, 2022

SkyDeck kicked-off Batch 15 on November 1st and we’re thrilled to be working with so many visionaries as their startups take flight! Chon Tang (Founding Partner, SkyDeck Fund) says “when market conditions get tough, the best founders stand out even more obviously. I’m excited by…