Is your start-up company ready for the next step, into the global market?

NovaUCD can nominate your start-up to University of California, Berkeley SkyDeck Accelerator Programme.

NovaUCD is calling for expressions of interest in a possible nomination for the upcoming autumn 2021 Berkeley SkyDeck Cohort Programme. Any startup company from the UCD community, student, researcher, staff are welcome to submit an expression of interest via this link.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 5pm on 16 July. Following this date all submissions will be assessed by a NovaUCD Evaluation Panel, and one start-up will be selected to be nominated directly to the interview stage with Berkeley SkyDeck.

For further information please contact Simon Factor, Senior Manager, New Ventures, NovaUCD,

Berkeley SkyDeck Accelerator

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. 

University College Dublin has been 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.

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.

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.

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.

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