SkyDeck’s Innovation Partner Program (IPP) provides partners with an opportunity to send startups to be accelerated for a three-month period at SkyDeck. SkyDeck welcomes IPP startups from various industries and across different funding stages. IPP startups get a soft landing in Silicon Valley through attending extremely hands-on workshops, one-on-one meetings with mentors and investors, and pitching in a pitch showcase event to a public audience. Throughout the program, each startup works with a key advisor who provides insightful feedback and warm intros to stakeholders, and a dedicated program manager that holds founders accountable for achieving milestones.
Established in 2012, Berkeley SkyDeck was formed as a partnership between the Berkeley Haas School of Business, College of Engineering, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. This partnership’s mission is to support academic founders to fully realize their entrepreneurial ambitions in order to ultimately shape the world in a positive fashion. Due to its unique ties to a world-renowned academic institution, SkyDeck donates 50% of carried interest to UC Berkeley.Berkeley SkyDeck is ranked in the top 5 university accelerators in the world by Forbes.