Berkeley SkyDeck segments its program into the Cohort Program (Accelerator) and
the HotDesk Program (Incubator). We host over 120 startups per year. We accept startups in all industries.
Roughly twenty Cohort startups are selected every six months to receive a $100,000 investment from the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund.
Cohort startups are selected if they’re almost ready to raise their first significant round of institutional funding from top Silicon Valley VCs; most successful applicants have already raised angel funding, or previous venture capital investments from VCs outside of the United States.
Companies who have graduated from the SkyDeck program have a much higher probability of receiving institutional funding than the industry average.
Cohort startups are paired with Key Advisors, go through the six-month BAM Program, attend weekly required events, and receive guided access to the SkyDeck community. Startups present at SkyDeck’s 600+ attendee Demo Day.
SkyDeck works hand-in-hand to help Cohort companies with:
Global Innovation Partners of SkyDeck (GIP) can send several startups to be accelerated for a three month period. SkyDeck welcomes GIP startups from various industries and across different funding stages. Most GIP teams are interested in international expansion beyond their home country.
SkyDeck provides GIP teams with access to informative workshops, networking events, advising office hours with industry experts, and a showcase event with 100+ attendees, among which include investors, advisors, and mentors. By the time GIP teams finish the program they report feeling significantly more confident with launching internationally and a network to do so.
GIP teams are granted dedicated workspace on SkyDeck’s third floor and have access to all of SkyDeck’s facilities. SkyDeck’s Global Innovation Partner manager works with the companies to facilitate custom programming tailored towards their goals.
SkyDeck’s current Global Innovation Partners include GungHo Space in China, National Applied Research Laboratories in Taiwan, and Milano Innovation District in Italy.
HotDesk startups are generally in an early stage of the startup lifecycle. They might be either too early for institutional funding, or have already received institutional funding.
They are invited to work in the open work areas and to attend all workshops and events at SkyDeck, on a self-serve basis.
HotDesk startups have access to our incredible advisors as well as the in-kind resources offered by our resource partners. Graduates of the Cohort program are invited to HotDesk for six-months post-graduation, if space is available.
HotDesk teams who are raising a significant round may have the opportunity to present at Demo Day.
The Berkeley SkyDeck Fund may elect to participate in qualifying seed rounds raised by HotDesk teams.
Startups working on disruptive ideas in biotech, medtech or life sciences face special challenges. The Bio Track at SkyDeck (Powered by QB3) provides practical resources focused on addressing many of these challenges.
Every six months, at least two companies will be selected for inclusion in SkyDeck’s Bio Track.
Startups accepted into the Bio Track receive:
… and of course, access to all of the other resources provided by the Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator.
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Novel chip architectures, AI/ML processing units on the edge, low-power IoT sensors… exciting things are happening in the semiconductor space. But for many of the startups working in the semiconductor space, they’re frustrated that they have to raise millions of dollars just to hit “run” on their first prototype.
Berkeley SkyDeck is helping bring the “Silicon” back to Silicon Valley. The Chip Track at SkyDeck features some of the world’s preeminent academic experts in computer architectures and ASIC design, along with key collaborators from key industry leaders.
Every six months, two companies will be selected for inclusion in the Chip Track. For these accepted startups, they will receive:
A partial list of advisors for the Chip Track includes luminaries such as:
UC Berkeley Professor David Patterson
Turing Award Winner, Google Brain, RISC-V
UC Berkeley Professor Krste Asanovic
RISC-V, Co-Founder SiFive
UC Berkeley Professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli
Co-Founder Cadence, Co-Founder Synopsys
Former Investment Director, Intel Capital
Former SVP Cadence / Xilinx
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BAM is SkyDeck’s proprietary, six-month program to accelerate startups for strength and successin Silicon Valley. The goal is to fully prepare startups to raise their first round of investment from Silicon Valley VCs. It is a practical, experience-based program designed by serial entrepreneurs, VCs, and thought leaders informed by the discipline of entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley.
The BAM program includes expert-led workshops in six critical practice areas, mutual matching to key Advisors, 1:1 office hours with experts, customer introductions through the UC Berkeley community, and curated introductions to hundreds of Seed / A round Silicon Valley investors looking to lead $2-10mm rounds in high-growth startups.
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