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.”
For more info on Skydeck: https://skydeck.berkeley.edu/