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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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Press Release – Berkeley SkyDeck Offers Hardware Startups Access to State-of-the-Art Design and Manufacturing Prototyping

BERKELEY, Calif., February 27, 2024–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Berkeley SkyDeck, a global hub for entrepreneurship and a leading accelerator, today announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, UC Berkeley’s state-of-the-art interdisciplinary hub for learning and making at the…

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Newsletter – February 6, 2024

In his latest blog, Chon Tang, Founding Partner of the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund, reflects on the tremendous growth of LLMs. For LLM startup founders working with VC firms, he highlights the need for strategic thinking, early monetization considerations, and the importance of standing out in…

Apply to SkyDeck's Batch 18 Today. Deadline: Feb 14th, 2024
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Newsletter – January 17, 2024

This morning, Berkeley SkyDeck opened applications for its Batch 18 accelerator program. The announcement coincided with SkyDeck’s announcement that it will now be collaborating with the Berkeley Space Center for its newly relaunched Air and Space Track. SkyDeck’s track, led by new chairs Darek DeFreece…

Berkeley Bio Startup Showcase @ JPM, meet top UC Berkeley Life Science Startups!
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Newsletter – December 13, 2023

Berkeley SkyDeck is excited to co-host the Berkeley Bio Startup Showcase on January 9th at JPM, with our UC Berkeley partners Bakar Fellows Program, Bakar Labs, Innovative Genomics Institute, and the LSEC Venture Grant Program! This event will feature pitches from 10 Cal biotech and…

Caroline Winnett (Executive Director, Berkeley SkyDeck) shakes hands with Susumu Kataoka (President, JETRO), accompanied by UC Berkeley campus leaders and Yasutoshi Nishimura (Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry). Photo: Will Ferguson
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Newsletter – November 16, 2023

Berkeley SkyDeck has extended its international presence by signing an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), a Japanese government-affiliated agency that promotes foreign investment into Japan and helps Japanese startups maximize their global potential. JETRO will back SkyDeck’s launch of a…

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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.