March 3, 2022
Calling all Accredited Investors! Join SkyDeck's upcoming Demo Day on April 6th

Berkeley SkyDeck will be hosting an in-person Demo Day on April 6th. All accredited investors interested in hearing from SkyDeck’s current Batch 13 startups and a few alumni startups that are raising a Series A round are welcome to join in-person or via virtual livestream.

This year, SkyDeck hosts its event at a bigger venue than before, Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley! Accredited investors that would like to join this invite-only event can apply to receive an invite here.

Blog: Ode to the Past Two Years of the Pandemic 
Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses from around the world, including Berkeley SkyDeck, to dramatically alter the way they do business. Now as we emerge from an extraordinary period of time, SkyDeck Senior Program Director Sibyl Chen reflects on what it was like to run an accelerator program during COVID and on the resilience of the startup founders, advisors, and staff during this period. Read her latest blog post here.
Deadline to apply for SkyDeck’s Batch 14 Program extended until March 6th
The deadline to apply for SkyDeck’s Batch 14 Accelerator Program has been extended till March 6th, 12:59 PDT. Don't miss out on the opportunity to tap into the network of industry experts, Silicon Valley connections and university faculty. Interested startups, apply here.
SkyDeck Fund looking to hire associate/analyst

The SkyDeck Fund is looking to hire a platform associate/analyst to join its team. The ideal candidate will work closely with the fund’s partners to ensure the fund is properly supporting its portfolio companies, properly maintain accurate financials/updates of its 150+ startups, grow its network of collaborative investors (VC + Angels), engage deal flow partners, and throw great events. Interested candidates, apply here.

Berkeley SkyDeck is hosting Spring 2022 Pad-13 Pitch Showcase on March 10th


Berkeley SkyDeck is hosting Pad-13 Pitch Showcase on Thursday, March 10th. Several Pad-13 companies will be selected to pitch, followed by one-minute feedback from each of the judges. 

Judges will choose their favorite startup and the audience will also vote for an audience favorite.

SkyDeck Advisors, Mentors, alumni founders, and friends of SkyDeck  are  ALL welcome!

Register here.

Diversity in Tech Symposium to focus on “Advancing Climate Resilience”

Expanding Diversity and Gender Equity in Tech (EDGE in Tech), CITRIS Banatao Institute and Berkeley Engineering are hosting the Diversity in Tech Symposium on “Advancing Climate Resilience” on March 10th and 11th. The symposium will include keynotes and panels related to air quality, food systems, energy, environmental justice and more. The event will also include a career fair. This will provide an ideal opportunity to share approaches to advancing sustainability as well as encourage broader corporate responsibility and progress on ESG goals and Sustainable Development Goals. Berkeley SkyDeck is pleased to be one of the sponsors of this unique initiative.

Anyone interested in joining the symposium, register here (discounted tickets available till March 4th). Sign up for the career fair here.

SkyTeam Fundraising News
Respira Labs
Respira Labs, a Spring ‘20 Cohort company, has recently raised $1 million in pre-seed venture capital led by Zentynel Frontier Investments with participation by VentureWell, ImpactAssets and several angel investors from the United States and Latin America. Respira received additional grants from NSF and also from NIH which are highly competitive. Maria Artunduaga, founder and CEO of Respira, credits her success to the community of support that she has built and shares the mistakes she has made so others can learn from her. Read more about Maria’s inspirational journey here.
Coreshell, a Fall '19 Cohort company revolutionizing rechargeable batteries, just announced $12 million in Series A funding. Coreshell is trying to commercialize a thin coating for a critical part of lithium-ion batteries that allows them to safely operate at higher temperatures, and slow their degradation. By doing so, they address one of the main challenges in automotive batteries which is cooling the massive packs of individual battery cells a vehicle requires. Read more about Coreshell’s breakthrough technology here.
Time by Ping
Time by Ping (TBP) (Batch 5 cohort), the time automation company, has announced $36.5M in Series B funding led by ACME Capital and Anthos Capital with participation from existing investors Upfront Ventures, Initialized Capital, and The House Fund. Marc Benioff’s TIME Ventures and Gokul Rajaram also joined the round. The investment brings TBP’s total financing to over $55M. TBP’s automation software leverages AI to empower knowledge workers with new insight into how they spend their time so they can use it with intention. Read on here.
Kiwibot (Batch 6 Cohort) has just raised $7.5M from investors and closed a $20M contract with brand partner and food service company, Sodexo! Kiwibot's mission is to utilize its semi-autonomous robots and cutting-edge technology for food delivery service, offering a zero-emission solution for universities across the nation. Kiwibot's goal by the end of 2022 is to deliver more than 1,200 robots across 50 US College Campuses! Read more about their new success here.

Nanode (Batch 12 Cohort) is excited to announce $170k in non-dilutive government funding to utilize machine learning to expedite battery chemistry optimization, and was featured in an International Tin Association article on the potential of their battery anode technology. Nanode has a promising pilot plant at the University of Alberta, Canada from where it was spun out in spring 2020.

Fanluv (Batch 13 Pad-13) has raised $875K and launched their app on AppStore! Fanluv is a subscription-based social network that helps its users monetize content, earn revenue, and increase authentic user engagement.

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