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Milan Based Berkeley SkyDeck Europe Opens Applications for Next Cohort

Anders Nilsson, SkyDeck Europe Program Leader at Cariplo Factory

Berkeley SkyDeck Europe, Milano has opened the application window for its upcoming acceleration program dedicated to European startups.

Launched by UC Berkeley SkyDeck (the accelerator of the University of California, Berkeley), Italian innovation hub Cariplo Factory, and international real estate, infrastructure, and urban regeneration group Lendlease, the program is financially supported by the Cariplo Foundation and the Lombardy Region.

SkyDeck Europe, now at its fifth edition, will take place in Berkeley, and in SkyDeck’s first European headquarters, in Milan, Italy, at the Milano Innovation District (MIND). In line with Berkeley SkyDeck’s focus, SkyDeck Europe is searching for innovative solutions in aerospace, cybersecurity, B2B software as a service, enterprise software, fintech, generative AI, greentech, healthtech.

Applications will be accepted through February 14th from the form here: https://www.f6s.com/skydeck-batch-18/apply 

Up to 10 startups will be selected and will have the opportunity to access to the 6-month acceleration program that will start in early May. 

The first quarter of the program will be curated by the Berkeley SkyDeck team with startups participating both in-person – at Berkeley SkyDeck’s USA headquarters – and virtually.

The second quarter will be curated by the Cariplo Factory team and will take place both virtually and in-presence at MIND. Each startup will be supported by 3 mentors (two from Europe and one from the United States), will have access to an international network of investors, and will be trained on fundamental topics such as go to market, product development and fundraising activities. 

The second quarter will offer resources and networks from Italian Universities, such as Milan Polytechnic University, University of Milan, IULM Free University of Languages and Communication, University of Eastern Piedmont “Amedeo Avogadro”, University of Insubria, University Institute of Higher Studies of Pavia, and University of Bergamo. 

Eeach startup will receive an investment of €145k from the investment fund that is linked to the program and will have the opportunity to present their project to a network of international investors during the Demo Day to be held in October. 

This will be the fifth batch for SkyDeck Europe. In over two years, the program has supported 36 startups from Argentina, Armenia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Ukraine, UK, USA. To date, these startups have received €5.2m by the program and over €4m from other investors and grants.