Startup accelerator Berkeley SkyDeck is ready to accept new tech innovations ready for launch? Apply for Berkeley SkyDeck

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Berkeley SkyDeck’s startup application is live now through September 21, 2018. Do you want to develop your tech innovation to the next level? How does it sounds: working and living in Berkeley / San Francisco surrounded by 150 university mentors, labs and lot’s of Silicon energy? And … an investment of $ 100,000 dollar?

SkyDeck Berkeley offers a 6-month acceleration process for promising startups in any vertical who are affiliated with UC Berkeley, any UC campus, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, or global founders.

Berkeley SkyDeck accelerating program

This could be a fit for you. Accepted startups will receive:
  • $100K investment from the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund
  • Access to 150+ UC Berkeley faculty, VCs, and C-level Industry mentors 
  • Over $500K in in-kind resources 
  • FREE office space in the penthouse of the tallest building in downtown Berkeley, CA for their entire startup team
  • Direct connections and introductions to top Silicon Valley VCs

Are you or do you know of a startup seeking access to Silicon Valley or the resources available at UC Berkeley? This is the procedure:

Fase 1 – about 75 starters will pitch their application online

Fase 2 – 15 selected persons will be interviewed in person or remoted

Fase 3 – the final: 7 to 8 persons will fly to Berkeley and pitch their breakthrough

The result is a selection of 3 to 4 accepted starters

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100 startups per year

Berkeley SkyDeck hosts two tracks, Acceleration (Cohort) track, and Incubation (HotDesk) track. They host over 100 startups per year.

Cohort teams 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. After six months of intensive preparation with the help of SkyDeck, cohort companies backed by the SkyDeck Fund have a much higher probability of receiving institutional funding than the the industry average.

Teams are provided with a dedicated workspace. Cohort teams are paired with a Lead Advisor, go through the 6-month BAM Program, attend weekly required events, are generally present at SkyDeck, and receive guided access to the SkyDeck community. Teams are expected to present their startup at our 300+ attendee Demo Day.

The team at SkyDeck works hand-in-hand to help cohort companies with:

  • Product Strategy: defining / refining the product design and go-to market for a capital efficient growth strategy with meaningful competitive moats;
  • Team-building: identifying and recommending key candidates for advisory boards and early hires;
  • Customer intros: using the UC Berkeley alumni network, SkyDeck can make introductions to influencers and key buyers in just about any industry in Silicon Valley.

HotDesk teams are startups at other stages – either too early for institutional funding, or having previously received institutional funding from top VC funds. 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 teams 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.


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