Skydeck Industry Partners
plug right into the
UC Berkeley startup

Berkeley SkyDeck accelerates teams on the cutting-edge. As the official UC Berkeley accelerator, we attract the best talent from both UC Berkeley and the world. SkyDeck operates at the intersection of Silicon Valley innovation, UC Berkeley research excellence, and global interconnectedness. Here we've built a community that accelerates innovation, enables game-changing ideas, connects global thought/business leaders and harnesses the unparalleled intellectual resources of the world's premiere public university. And our partners are a critical component of our vibrant startup community.

SkyDeck by the numbers


Startups hosted per year


Advisors providing mentorship


UC Berkeley Faculty Advisors


Investors attend Demo Day


Admission rate for 2020 cohort


VC raised by SkyDeck alumni

Become a partner

Why join the SkyDeck Industry Partner Program?

SkyDeck welcomes industry partners interested in the exploration of opportunities and challenges in entrepreneurship and innovation. Our partners build relationships with our startups, entrepreneurs, and each other to take advantage of developing trends in innovation. Key benefits for our partners:

  • Innovate alongside us
  • Engage with our 280+ startups annually
  • Solve tough problems critical to their business
  • Expand our partners’ pipeline and network of valuable entrepreneurial partners



Concierge access to the UC Berkeley entrepreneurial ecosystem

In addition to working alongside our cutting-edge startups, SkyDeck Partners are fully connected with the UC Berkeley entrepreneurial ecosystem, including access to initiatives on campus that directly align to partner verticals. These opportunities include:

  • Berkeley Research
  • Berkeley Haas Entrepreneurship Program
  • Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology
  • Bakar Fellows Program
  • Fung Institute
  • Intellectual Property and Industrial Relations Office
  • Berkeley Law School
  • Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
  • Berkeley Innovation Council
  • Free Ventures
  • CITRIS / Foundry
  • QB3
  • Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneurs Program
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Which is the right partnership for you?

Platinum Bear Partners

$150,000 annual donation to UC Berkeley

  • Opportunity to participate in SkyDeck’s startup selection process
  • Partner-branded Industry Roundtable on a topic of your choice
  • Priority seating at biannual SkyDeck “Demo Day”
  • Partner logo prominently displayed within SkyDeck space and on SkyDeck website
  • All benefits provided to Golden Bear Partners



Golden Bear Partners

$100,000 annual donation to UC Berkeley


  • Direct visibility into the startup and alumni teams at SkyDeck
  • Opportunity to provide consistent office hours to SkyDeck teams
  • Priority access to SkyDeck events and workshops
  • Concierge access facilitating meaningful interactions with researchers and administrators across the UC Berkeley campus
  • Reserved seating at biannual SkyDeck “Demo Day”, featuring pitches by all cohort teams and 750+ attendees from the VC and startup community
  • Partner logo displayed in SkyDeck and on SkyDeck website

“We are very impressed with the quality, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit of the startups within SkyDeck, as well as with the professionalism of the SkyDeck management team. SkyDeck is a strategic bridge between UC Berkeley, the students, and industry, providing significant benefits to all parties.”

– Pat O'Doherty, Vice President Emerging Business Analog Devices

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Learn more about how we can customize a Partner Program just for you
Contact: Sibyl Chen, Senior Director, Program at