UVCA and accelerator at Berkeley University have agreed on strategic partnership and support for startups01 Mar 2018

The Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) and the global SkyDeck accelerator at American University of Berkeley have agreed on a strategic partnership to support Ukrainian startups.

The agreement was negotiated by the Executive Director of UVCA Olga Afanasyeva following the visit to the University during the Silicon Valley Tour after the organization of the Ukrainian pavilion at CES-2018. Incidentally, Olga met the founder of the accelerator at Ukrainian pavilion at the conference.

During the Silicon Valley Tour this January, we received an offer from the University of Berkeley to visit their accelerator, and in February after the negotiations and thanks to the UVCA’s impeccable reputation, we agreed on strategic partnership to support Ukrainian startups. UVCA aims to develop the Ukrainian startup ecosystem to improve the competitiveness of our innovative entrepreneurs, by using all the opportunities we get in order to achieve our goal.

Olga Afanasyeva
Executive Director of UVCA

SkyDeck regularly bids startup applications for its six-month acceleration program twice a year - in the spring and autumn. This year the launch of applications will start on March 1. Participants will be able to receive investments in the amount of 100 thousand USD and unique access to special laboratories, Berkeley mentors and Silicon Valley experts. The program is based on the improvement of 6 areas: team development, fundraising, design, product development, marketing and business model.

UVCA has the opportunity to recommend 2 startups for the first round of selection - webinars and the first round of interviews with SkyDeck representatives, which will be organized in March-April.

We invite all startups to submit their applications by mailing to uvca.challenge@uvca.eu.

The letter should contain brief information about the company and a presentation of the startup in English, which includes:

  • product description;
  • researching the competition of your product;
  • business model;
  • team info.

Deadline of filing applications - March 10, 2018.

You can also write your question to uvca.challenge@uvca.eu.

After that, we will select the two best candidates that most meet SkyDeck accelerator requirements.

Waiting for your applications!