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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 – April 13, 2022

The energy was high as VCs showed up last Wednesday for SkyDeck’s Batch 13 Demo Day at Zellerbach. It has been two years since SkyDeck’s last in-person Demo Day in February 2020. The Demo Day was held at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus, with over…

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Newsletter – March 16, 2022

In an exclusive podcast, Berkeley SkyDeck Executive Director Caroline Winnett chats with Amazon best-selling author David Riemer on his new book, Get Your Startup Story Straight: The Definitive Storytelling Framework for Innovators and Entrepreneurs. What is storytelling? What are techniques you can use to make your…

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Newsletter – March 4, 2022

Berkeley SkyDeck will be hosting an in-person Demo Day on April 6th. All accredited investors interested in hearing from SkyDeck’s current Batch 13 startups and a few alumni startups that are raising a Series A round are welcome to join in-person or via virtual livestream.

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Newsletter – March 30, 2022

Last Thursday, Berkeley SkyDeck announced the closure of SkyDeck Fund II with $60M in commitments. Oversubscribed and three times larger than Fund I, Fund II highlights a diverse group of new and returning investors at the forefront of Silicon Valley’s innovation. The SkyDeck Fund also…

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Newsletter – Febuary 23, 2022

SkyDeck is excited to announce that Janet Napolitano, Professor of Policy at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, and founder of the Center for Security in Politics, will be joining SkyDeck as an Advisor.