The Global Ideas Exchange Series is the first in a series of new activities designed to respond to the impact of Covid-19 and support resilience and recovery in African innovation ecosystems.
Startups accepted to join SkyDeck will be accelerated for launch into Silicon Valley, the U.S., or international markets depending on relevance of product market fit
Ranked as one of the top 5 university accelerator programs in the world with a cohort acceptance rate of ~1%, Startups accepted to join SkyDeck will be accelerated for launch into Silicon Valley, the U.S., or international markets depending on relevance of product market fit. Startups who complete the program from partner institutions will be interviewed by SkyDeck for the Cohort Program at Berkeley SkyDeck if requested.
The Program, called University Innovation Partnership (UIP), is a collaborative initiative between The University of California, Berkeley – SkyDeck and Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct. The main purpose is to provide education and hands on experience in accelerating and incubating startups through an intensive program of workshops, webinars, and networking events hosted by UC Berkeley faculty, industry specialists, venture capitalists, accredited angel investors, and the SkyDeck leadership team. SkyDeck welcomes UIP startups from various industries and across different funding stages and works with the companies to facilitate custom programming tailored towards their goals.
Accelerate startup growth: The program aligns the resources and capabilities of SkyDeck’s innovation and startup ecosystem with the specific needs of each startup (e.g. network development, team growth, business modeling, product-market fit, customer development, go-to-market strategy, investor relationship building, fundraising).
As part of SkyDeck’s UIP program, participating startups will receive:
The UIP core program accommodates startups across all tech industries and verticals. In addition to the core programing, SkyDeck has offers three (3) industry specific tracks:
Startups focused on any of these three tech industries will have programing and oversight further tailored towards their industry specific needs.
Startup teams may have no more than four (4) members attending the program at any given time
To apply for evaluation to access the program, please provide the following information: