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Berkeley SkyDeck and Berkeley Space Center Launch Air and Space Accelerator Track


Berkeley SkyDeck, a Berkeley, CA-based global hub for entrepreneurship and accelerator, has relaunched its Air and Space Track in collaboration with the recently-announced Berkeley Space Center at NASA Research Park.

Interested startups can apply for the track beginning with Batch 18, which will take applications from January 17 through February 14.

The Air and Space Track will also welcome three new chairs:

  • Darek DeFreece, the founder and executive director of Berkeley Space Center,
  • Abhi Tripathi, who currently serves as the Director of Mission Operations at the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab. His experience includes both work at NASA and SpaceX,
  • Mike Moreno, a Berkeley-Haas MBA, who co-created and ran the AWS Space Accelerator for its first three years.

Berkeley SkyDeck is an accelerator and a global hub for entrepreneurship which combines hands-on mentorship with the vast resources of its research university, and offers a dedicated investment fund alongside the resources and network of a top university.

The accelerator accepts approximately 20 to 25 startups overall for each of its cohorts. Cohort companies receive $200k in funding, $750k worth of free and discounted resources, and access to SkyDeck’s network of UC Berkeley alumni, faculty, and advisors. Berkeley SkyDeck is currently working with its Batch 17 cohort of companies, with Demo Day expected in April 2024. Applications are here.

To date, SkyDeck startups have raised more than $1.8 Billion in aggregate. Participating startups have access to SkyDeck’s 700 advisors and mentors, 70 industry partners, and a network of more than 510,000 UC Berkeley alumni.

Berkeley Space Center at NASA Research Park is a Bay Area innovation hub that was envisioned and will be developed by UC Berkeley and SKS Partners. Located within NASA Research Park at NASA’s Ames Research Center, the 36-acre mixed-use development will accelerate and expand the Bay Area’s innovation ecosystem, catalyzing advancements across diverse sectors – from aeronautics and quantum computing, to climate studies and the social sciences.