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At Berkeley SkyDeck, we are constantly on the lookout for new ways to give startups in our accelerator the greatest chance to succeed — […] Today, we’re proud to announce that our ecosystem of resources is expanding thanks to a new partnership with the Jacobs Institute for…

Over 1,200 computer hackers from around the world packed UC Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union last weekend during a 36-hour artificial intelligence (AI) learning language model (LLM) hackathon that Berkeley leaders say was the largest event of its kind. Dubbed “the Woodstock of Hackathons,” the event was…

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Newsletter – June 5, 2024

The UC Berkeley AI Hackathon is ramping up to be the biggest in-person AI hackathon ever, organized in partnership between SkyDeck and Hackathons@Berkeley once again. This time around, 10 additional hackathon groups and accelerators from top universities have joined as marketing partners, such as Stanford’s…

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Newsletter – May 15, 2024

Last year’s UC Berkeley AI LLM Hackathon made history as the largest in-person AI hackathon ever, drawing over 1,200 hackers from 250+ global universities and 15 countries, and sponsored by industry giants, such as OpenAI, Microsoft, and Mayfield, with judges from top VCs like Lightspeed…

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Newsletter – April 17, 2024

Last Wednesday, Rich Lyons, UC Berkeley’s Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) Officer, was announced as UC Berkeley’s next Chancellor. The former Dean of the Haas Business School has spent the past several years in a key leadership role on Berkeley’s campus,…

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Newsletter – April 4, 2024

VentureBeat has published an article covering Berkeley SkyDeck’s upcoming Batch 17 Demo Day, spotlighting the fact that despite shifts in the greater macro-economic landscape, SkyDeck startups have raised over $200M in the last 12 months…

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Newsletter – March 14, 2024

Berkeley SkyDeck announced its partnership with the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, marking a milestone in fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration at UC Berkeley. Select hardware companies from SkyDeck will have exclusive access to the JIDI’s cutting-edge facilities for prototyping hardware and products…

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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…

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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.