University College Dublin Selected as a Global Strategic Partner on UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck Accelerator Programme
University College Dublin (UCD), through NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, has been selected as a global strategic partner by Berkeley SkyDeck, UC Berkeley's start-up accelerator programme.
SkyDeck’s global strategic partners are universities and accelerators from around the world who help identify top start-ups to participate in the SkyDeck accelerator. UCD is SkyDeck’s only Irish global strategic partner.
SkyDeck, which has been named by Forbes as one of the top five U.S. university accelerators, hosts nearly 300 start-ups a year through its two main accelerator programmes, the Cohort (or Accelerator) Programme and the HotDesk (or Incubator) Programme.
Approximately twenty start-ups are selected to take part in a Cohort Programme which runs twice a year and lasts six months. The participants are chosen after an interview stage with shortlisted start-ups following a highly competitive application process.
As a global strategic partner UCD can nominate one start-up directly to the interview stage of both annual Cohort Programmes.
Tom Flanagan, UCD Director for Enterprise and Commercialisation said, “We are delighted that UCD has been selected as a global strategic partner in the prestigious Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator programme. Silicon Valley is a fantastic location to launch a company with its high concentration of investors willing to back exciting early-stage start-ups, and an enterprise ecosystem keen to adopt new technologies.”
Tom Flanagan, UCD Director for Enterprise and Commercialisation, NovaUCD
He added, “As a strategic partner NovaUCD is now looking forward to nominating a start-up from our community, with deep intellectual property and international ambitions, to proceed to the interview stage for SkyDeck’s Autumn 2021 Cohort Programme. If selected, the nominated UCD start-up will benefit from the excellent programme and significantly accelerate its growth and ability to scale globally.”
“As an accelerator with global reach, Berkeley SkyDeck is looking forward to this collaboration with UCD to bring talented Irish start-ups to our programme,” said Caroline Winnett, Executive Director of Berkeley SkyDeck. “Innovative founders come from all over the world and SkyDeck has become increasingly well known as a launchpad into Silicon Valley.”
Caroline Winnett, Executive Director of Berkeley SkyDeck.
Simon Factor, Senior Manager, New Ventures at NovaUCD said, “The SkyDeck partnership creates a bridge for UCD start-ups to get a foothold in the U.S. West Coast, accessing office space, local market knowledge and venture capital. For many UCD deep tech start-ups, the U.S. market is the first and most important export market. This partnership provides a potential bridge into Silicon Valley for NovaUCD companies.”
Simon Factor, Senior Manager, New Ventures, NovaUCD
Start-ups participating in the Berkeley SkyDeck Cohort Programme are matched with advisors and receive a $105,000 investment from the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund, a dedicated investment fund supported by top institutional VCs such as Sequoia and Mayfield.
They also take part in the BAM (Berkeley Acceleration Method) programme, SkyDeck’s proprietary and practical experience-based acceleration programme designed by industry thought leaders. In addition, participating start-ups have access to SkyDeck’s network of 350+ advisors, 50 industry partners, and UC Berkeley’s alumni network. They also pitch at a SkyDeck Demo Day where they can present to almost 1,000 qualified investors.
Ciaran Quinn, based in Paris, is a Berkeley SkyDeck Ambassador and charged with helping to develop SkyDeck’s global network, elevate the visibility of the programme, and provide a European-based contact, said “This relationship with UCD will create strong connections between the accelerator and a source of creative and smart tech founders in Ireland. I am excited to work with UCD and UCD-based entrepreneurs and encourage them to grow and thrive through the extraordinary opportunities SkyDeck offers.”
23 March 2021
For more information contact Micéal Whelan, University College Dublin, Communications and Media Relations Manager, NovaUCD, t: + 353 1 716 3712, e: firstname.lastname@example.org
NovaUCD is the hub for new ventures and entrepreneurs at University College Dublin, we nurture and support new high-tech companies as part of UCD's mission. At NovaUCD we provide purpose-built, state-of-the-art incubation facilities alongside a comprehensive business support programme for client companies. Since 2003 we have supported over 385 start-ups and early-stage ventures. NovaUCD has been funded through a unique public-private partnership that includes AIB Bank, Arthur Cox, Deloitte, Enterprise Ireland, Ericsson, Goodbody Stockbrokers, UCD and Xilinx. www.novaucd.ie
Berkeley SkyDeck is UC Berkeley’s global start-up accelerator. Named by Forbes as one of the top five university accelerators, SkyDeck combines hands-on mentorship with the vast resources of its research university. SkyDeck is the only accelerator that provides funding for its start-ups via a public-private partnership, providing returns directly back to UC Berkeley via the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund, a dedicated investment fund supported by top institutional VCs like Sequoia and Mayfield. Participating start-ups have access to SkyDeck’s 350 advisors and mentors, 50 industry partners, and a network of more than 510,000 UC Berkeley alumni. To date, SkyDeck start-ups have raised more than $1.2 billion in aggregate. https://skydeck.berkeley.edu/