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Berkeley SkyDeck Partners with JETRO and Japanese Universities to Accelerate Global Innovation


Berkeley SkyDeck, a Berkeley, CA-based global hub for entrepreneurship and accelerator, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) to jointly leverage resources to further develop international startup and innovation support.

The MoU includes JETRO support for Berkeley SkyDeck to launch a formal startup support program in Japan, which would be Berkeley SkyDeck’s second formal international program after Berkeley SkyDeck Milano in Europe.

The MoU represents the latest step in this multi-year partnership and Berkeley SkyDeck’s commitment to continued global expansion and startup representation. In addition to launching new programs in Japan, Berkeley SkyDeck will coordinate with JETRO San Francisco and six Japanese universities for programs conducted in the United States. The six universities are Kyoto University, Nagoya University, Osaka University, The University of Tokyo, Tohoku University, Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Led by Caroline Winnett, Executive Director, Berkeley SkyDeck is an accelerator and the global hub for entrepreneurship, which combines hands-on mentorship with the vast resources of UC Berkeley. To date, SkyDeck startups have raised more than $1.8 billion in aggregate. Participating startups have access to SkyDeck’s 500 advisors, 70 industry partners, and a network of more than 510,000 UC Berkeley alumni, which include Deepscribe, MindsDB, Chemix, and Xendit. Berkeley SkyDeck is currently hosting Batch 17, including 29 Japanese startups, with Demo Day expected in April 2024. Applications for Batch 18 will open in February 2024.

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a Japanese government-affiliated agency that supports Japanese businesses expanding globally and international businesses entering Japan. JETRO facilitates collaborations and business alliances between Japanese and overseas companies with its business platform “J-Bridge.”