The Skydeck Innovation Center, planned for the top floor of the tallest building in Berkeley, received a $50,000 grant from the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund this week. The Skydeck, a project of the Berkeley Startup Cluster (BSC), will be a 10,000 sq. ft. incubator for fledgling technology companies. The grant was the largest award in the $260,000 distributed by the university fund for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Vivek Wadhwa, one of the most outspoken academics on innovation and entrepreneurship, spoke today about how Berkeley could position itself to capture a more than fair share of technology start-ups. “It’s surprisingly easy to fix Berkeley,” Wadhwa declared. “Everything is here.”
A year ago, we suggested 10 resolutions for 2010 for Berkeley (we’ll have our 2011 resolutions tomorrow). How did our city do?