January 12, 2022
SkyDeck Alum Deepscribe Raises $30M to Solve Physician Burnout
CEO Akilesh Bapu and COO Matthew Ko were named Forbes 30 Under 30 this year. Both graduated from UC Berkeley.
Deepscribe (Batch 8 Cohort) just announced a $30M Series A led by Index Ventures. Deepscribe helps doctors keep digital documentation on patient interaction and deployments using advanced AI. Today, they are scaling at 30% month-over-month with almost 600 physicians signed on. Read more about them in their Forbes article.
A Life Working to Expand Humanity’s Move into the Next Frontier
Abhishek Tripathi, UC Berkeley’s Director of Mission Control, on his career working in aerospace & thoughts on what’s to come in aerospace innovation 
In her latest blog, SkyDeck’s Senior Director of Program Sibyl Chen, features Abhishek Tripathi, the Director of Mission Operations at the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab. As a seasoned veteran in the aerospace industry, Abhishek discusses his journey working at NASA and SpaceX and the inflection points and trends he observes in the aerospace industry. Read the blog here.
SkyDeck Invites Investors to Join the Batch 13 Global Innovation Pitch Showcase

On February 8th, SkyDeck will host a Global Innovation Pitch Showcase to feature 19 global startups from Japan, Taiwan, and Eastern Europe. SkyDeck invites accredited VC’s, angel investors, and corporation representatives to join the pitch event. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from these Global startups working on exciting advancements in AI, biotech, green tech, space tech, and more! Register on Eventbrite today.

Suggested Reads for 2022 (from the Chair of SkyDeck's Advisor Council)

Marc Meyer, Chair of SkyDeck’s Advisor Council, shares his picks for must-reads in 2022.  Check out the latest piece in his blog, Art of the Start, here.  

SkyTeam Fundraising News
Nodexus Inc
Nodexus Inc (Fall 2014 Cohort) emerged from stealth with $30M as part of an oversubscribed Series A led by elite life science Venture Capital firm RA Capital. This new financing will allow Nodexus to accelerate manufacturing of its flagship NX One platform, and substantially expand the team across all key divisions including engineering, biology/application science, manufacturing, and sales/marketing. Please contact with any questions.
Orbillion Bio
Orbillion Bio (Batch 10 PAD-13) was awarded the $250,000 Second Grand Prize in the 2021 Entrepreneurship World Cup! Out of more than 100,000 companies across 200 countries, Orbillion was among the 25 startups invited to pitch in this year’s Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) Global Finals in Riyadh, where they were announced as the Second Grand Prize winner on December 14th.
E-liza Dolls
E-liza Dolls (Batch 13 PAD-13) is officially venture backed thanks to new fund AIX Ventures & investors including UC Berkeley professor Pieter Abbeel, Chris Manning, Richard Socher and Anthony Goldbloom. E-liza Dolls is a new start-up that makes dolls that teach young girls how to code and even build hardware!
SkyTeam News
Cancerfree Biotech
CancerFree Biotech (Batch 12 Cohort) has won the 18th Taiwan National Innovation Award.
Avalanche Computing Taiwan Inc.
Avalanche (Batch 12 IPP) has launched a new low-code AI tool hAIsten AI at CES 2022, leveraging multi-GPUs to speed up AI development and shortens the AI development cycle from years to months. Read more about it here.
Ucraft (Batch 13 IPP) has an exclusive deal for the Berkeley SkyDeck Community to help create a website in just a few clicks and share your expertise with the web. The subscription is free for one year. For more info, visit
Events & Highlights

SkyDeck Advisors & Mentors in the News

Juan Aparicio - checkout Juna's latest robotics predictions in the latest edition of the Robot Report.

Jordan Sun - formerly the Head of Innovation for the City of San Jose, has now taken a role at SoftBank Robotics as Head of Product.

Tuesday, January 18th: iHackHealth Cross-Bay Appathon

The Fung Institute, the Fung Fellowship, and UCSF are hosting iHackHealth: the Bay Area’s cross-bay Appathon! UCSF practitioners have proposed mobile app ideas to improve research, patient care and education, and clinical practice. UC Berkeley students are invited to form interdisciplinary teams to develop these mobile apps as iOS prototypes after an initial virtual kick-off event on January 18. During the two-week development phase, you will utilize Apple's open-source tool kits and iOS developers will provide support. 

At the final event on February 3, the winning team will receive entry into SkyDeck's Pad-13 Program.  To learn more, click here, and join the kick-off event here

Thursday, January 27: UC Berkeley Cloud Computing

The UC Berkeley Cloud Community of Practice is holding their 30th meetup virtually on Thursday, January 27th, from 1 to 2 PM PDT via Zoom. Details are forthcoming on the meetup page!
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