Accelerators

UC Santa Cruz entrepreneurs—students, faculty, alumni—are eligible to apply to various accelerators throughout the year.

berkeley-skydeck-logo.pngApply to Berkeley SkyDeck, UC Berkeley’s global startup accelerator! Backed by top Silicon Valley investors, the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund invests $100,000 into each company, helping accelerate top startups from around the world *into* UC Berkeley and the Silicon Valley ecosystem. If you’re looking to build a global business in Silicon Valley and pitch to 350+ VCs on Demo Day in May 2019, this Seed Rankings Project Gold-rated accelerator might be for you. Apply today! Berkeley SkyDeck’s application period opened August 24 and ends September 21 on the SkyDeck website. Students, professors, researchers, and alumni from any University of California school are able to go through SkyDeck.

falling-walls-lab-stanford.pngFalling Walls Lab is an interdisciplinary forum for aspiring scientists and professionals from around the world. It is part of the annual, internationally renowned conference for breakthroughs in science and society, the Falling Walls Conference, the next one in Berlin, Germany, happening November 8 and 9, 2018. The Falling Walls Lab offers hundreds of emerging talents, entrepreneurs, and innovators a stage to pitch their research, initiatives, or business models to their peers and a distinguished expert jury. The application period to the nearest Falling Walls Lab, Stanford, is open until September 9, 2018, with accepted pitches happening at Stanford University on September 25, 2018. Apply here. For more information, visit this site about selection criteria for applicants.

THRIVE Accelerator LogoTHRIVE Accelerator enjoys a strong partnership with Western Growers Association, Forbes, Verizon, and SVG Partners, creating a solid foundation to help launch AgTech and FoodTech startups into commercial success.