SkyDeck is at the heart of the campus startup ecosystem. SkyTeams receive access to UC Berkeley’s top talent and resources while they’re here.
Berkeley SkyDeck encourages UC Berkeley students to explore startup opportunities and join our community. The are many ways for students to engage at SkyDeck.
Apply to SkyDeck’s HotDesk program. The HotDesk program is open to all student founded startups. You can apply if you are simply working on an idea and your startup doesn’t even have a name yet! Apply during the open application periods, or send an email to SkyDeck any time of year and we will let you know if there is room in our student program. To find out more about campus resources, visit our website for entrepreneurs, Begin. Go Bears!
If you are a faculty founder and would like to join the SkyDeck program, please email the SkyDeck Executive Director.
Many faculty founded startups have participated in the SkyDeck program, in both the funded Cohort program and the HotDesk program. Some of our faculty founded startups:
Zephyrus Biosciences – Professor Amy Herr, Bioengineering
Ambidextrous Labs – Professor Ken Goldberg, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Inkspace Imaging – Professor Ana Arias and Professor Michael Lustig, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Iota Biosciences – Professor Michel Maharbiz and Professor Jose Carmena, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
SkyDeck’s Faculty in Residence is group of faculty who are leading researchers in their fields and who are also startup founders and startup advisors. These faculty help guide SkyDeck in their areas of expertise, and can provide unique guidance to startup founders in scientific and technical fields.
SkyDeck hosts many events and programs that are relevant to faculty including:
Connects UC Berkeley postdoctoral research scientists with startups who would offer their scientific expertise to advance the mission of the startups. This program is the first of its kind in the country.
Connecting ambitious business students with the most promising Skydeck startups for mutual learning and acceleration.