A  SkyDeck Accelerator


     Office Locations:

2150 Shattuck Avenue, Penthouse
Berkeley, CA 94704



  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Media & Digital Media
  • Software & Internet



    As UC Berkeley's official startup accelerator, SkyDeck is a joint program of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. SkyDeck combines the hands-on mentorship of traditional accelerators with the vast resources of its research university. This robust partnership is coupled with SkyDeck's unique accelerator method to create a powerful environment for startups. The Berkeley SkyDeck Fund offers a unique value proposition: bringing venture capital money to invest in startups that Berkeley SkyDeck chooses. Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator is the leading accelerator for high-tech, deep-science startups drawn from the UC Berkeley ecosystem. The Spring 2018 SkyDeck cohort teams were the first SkyTeams to receive fund investments: a $100,000 cash investment per team in exchange for a 5 percent equity stake in their startups. The Berkeley SkyDeck Fund closed its first investment with an oversubscribed round of $24 million, including investments from Sequoia Capital and Mayfair Venture Capital. The Berkeley SkyDeck Fund invests up to $105,000 into companies accepted into the six month SkyDeck Cohort Program and up to 10% of your first institutional funding round. The $105,000 investment is divided into two tranches: $50,000 immediately upon acceptance, and $55,000 after passing your midterm 3-months into the program. SkyDeck hosts over 120 startups per year.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Bing Li Program Manager
    Caroline Winnett Executive Director
    George Panagiotakopoulos Global Innovation and Partnerships Director
    Gordon Peng Program Coordinator
    Jun Jiang Global Innovation Program Manager


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