April 19, 2023

UC Berkeley campus leaders celebrate Innovation & Entrepreneurship growth

Mike Cohen (Dir. of Innovation Ecosystem Development at UC Berkeley) and Darren Cooke (Exec Dir. of the Life Science Entrepreneurship Center at UC Berkeley) catch up at the First Annual I&E Gathering

Over the past few decades, the ecosystem for innovation has grown at UC Berkeley. Led by Rich Lyons, the Chief Innovation and Entrepreneurship Officer at UC Berkeley, the Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) ecosystem boasts countless centers, incubators, and accelerators. Across campus, the leaders that have collectively led the charge in building out an ecosystem to support UC Berkeley students and faculty in their entrepreneurial endeavors have come to be known as the I&E Council. With 85 campus leaders and counting, Lyons convened the First Annual I&E Campus Leaders’ Gathering this past Tuesday. The gathering, which was hosted at Berkeley SkyDeck, brought some 50 campus leaders together to mix and mingle. Many had previously only met on Zoom. The evening featured a special performance by UC Berkeley’s acapella group, DeCadence.

Reflecting on the growth of the innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystem at UC Berkeley over the years, Lyons said, “Groundbreaking discoveries from UC Berkeley are redefining the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Innovative solutions to world-scale problems that fuse excellence in teaching and research, with a commitment to bettering our world, are the perfect fit for the best public-missioned university of them all.”

Earlier this year, a list of 100 faculty founders from UC Berkeley was published to the university’s I&E webpage.

SkyDeck Europe to host 2nd Demo Day on April 27th

Berkeley SkyDeck Europe, Milano is holding its second Demo Day in Milan, Italy on April 27th, 2pm - 6pm CET. Europe’s top investors will gather to hear our international startups pitch their disruptive solutions in sectors such as AI, CleanTech, biotech, data, and more. An expo and networking sessions will follow. If you’re an accredited investor who would like to attend in-person, or watch the virtual livestream, register here!

A tough funding environment is not an impossible one

Sergio Torres (co-founder, Alvva) pitches at SkyDeck’s Batch 15 Demo Day, held at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. Photo: Marla Aufmuth

Although the current economic environment has made fundraising a bit more challenging than in years past, SkyDeck startups have been forging ahead with fundraising. Founders like Sergio Torres of Alvva are “cautiously optimistic" on the heels of Demo Day as they kick off their fundraising journey. The San Francisco Business Times covered SkyDeck’s Demo Day in their article here.

Register for Cal’s Invest for Impact pitch competition and SIF report on April 28th!

UC Berkeley’s Sustainable and Impact Finance Initiative hosts its annual Invest for Impact pitch competition on April 28th, in which five MBA student teams compete for $75,000 by pitching their early-stage startup ideas to solve the world’s most pressing challenges to a panel of industry judges, which includes SkyDeck Advisor, Michelle Kiang (Managing Partner, Impact Science Ventures). The event will also feature the latest report on The Haas Sustainable Investment Fund, which is the longest running student managed SIF. Learn more about the event and get tickets here

UC Berkeley’s SCET Collider Cup XII invites you to watch innovative pitches & network

UC Berkeley’s SCET (Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology) is holding its Collider Cup XII, Cal’s premier technology entrepreneurship showcase, featuring innovative venture projects from students in SCET Spring 2023, networking with industry professionals, and free lunch with faculty, investors, students, and the public. The judges include the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund’s Riddhi Khanna and student venture teams will compete to win acceptance to SkyDeck’s Pad-13 incubator and other prizes. Learn more about the event here and register here!

SkyDeck Startup News

Milvia (Batch 15, Cohort), an online marketplace & concierge service for fertility tourism, helps women in the US travel to destinations where egg freezing & IVF are more affordable. They’ve been featured in a New York Times article on fertility tourism, read it here

Empowerly (Batch 8, Cohort), is an education technology company providing personalized college and career guidance. Its cofounder, Hanmei Wu, has been featured on Inc.'s list of 2023’s Most Dynamic Women Entrepreneurs. Read her profile here.

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