Skydeck is the University of California at Berkeley’s startup accelerator program. Skydeck accelerates Technology, Science and disruptive business startups from all industry sectors. A joint venture of UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, the Haas School of Business, and the Vice Chancellor for Research Office, Skydeck takes no equity and charges no fees. This unique ecosystem, coupled with SkyDeck’s mentorship program, gives startups the opportunity to launch and compete with industry leaders.
fka is the Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen (“Motor Vehicle Research Inc. Aachen”) has decades of experience doing contract research in vehicle dynamics, active and passive safety systems, energy efficiency, and sensor modeling and validation. Together with its sister organization in academia – ika – the Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge Aachen (“Motor Vehicle Institute Aachen”), they have been a steady supplier of talent and intellectual property to OEMs, Tier1s and the transportation ecosystem as whole.
Sensing the growing need for simulation, testing and sensor systems for ADAS and self driving cars, fka opened a Silicon Valley Subsidiary – fkaSV – in 2015 to provide local consulting services and a state of the art driving simulator, utilizing the industry leading Vires Virtual Test Drive software.
The Government of Israel Economic Mission to the West Coast is responsible for enhancing bi-national trade relations between the West Coast and Israeli business communities. The main fields of activity include promoting trade and exports, attracting and encouraging foreign investments and creating strategic cooperation with foreign companies. By leveraging its networking capacity and industry knowledge in Israel and the Western United States, the Economic Mission is able to seamlessly engage prospective business partners half a world apart.
The Autotech Council exists to help better innovation in the auto industry get to market faster. Monthly meetings (some open to the public, some only to members) bring together entrepreneurs, VCs, industry veterans and researchers. An excellent organization to network and get access to the latest ideas and products in the automotive and transportation domains.
TTV is an early supporter and active member of the Autotech Council. If your company is interested in the automotive infotainment, sensor, security, user interface, insurance, or telematics markets you should consider becoming a member of the AutoTech Council. If you are an entrepreneur in any of these areas, send Derek or Liz Kerton an email to see whether you can present at one of the monthly AutoTech council meetings.
University of California, Berkeley:
Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology
Established in 1986, Partners for Advanced Transportation TecHnology (PATH) is administered by the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with Caltrans. PATH is a multi-disciplinary program with staff, faculty, and students from universities statewide, and cooperative projects with private industry, state and local agencies, and non-profit institutions.
- Traffic Operations Research
Focuses on advancing the state-of-the-art in traffic management and traveler information systems, and producing results that can be implemented in the field.
- Transportation Safety Research
Continues to extend traditional areas of competency at PATH, mainly in vehicle-highway cooperation and communication, and “science of driving” investigations on driving behavior.
- Modal Applications Research
Investigates new concepts, methods, and technologies for innovating, enhancing and improving transit solutions.
University of California Riverside:
Center for Environmental Research & Technology
In 1992, the Bourns College of Engineering established the Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT) as a model for partnerships among industry, government, and academia. CE-CERT’s goals were to become a recognized leader in environmental education, a collaborator with industry and government to improve the technical basis for regulations and policy, a creative source of new technology, and a contributor to a better understanding of the environment.
In less than a decade, the Center has created a visible partnership between UCR and the community-at-large. Inside the CE-CERT laboratories, engineers and scientists explore a wide-ranging research agenda that encompasses:
- Developing autonomous vehicles and transportation systems for the future
- Converting biomass such as yard waste into vehicle fuel
- Measuring air pollutants and modeling how they react in the atmosphere
- Using computer models to evaluate the impact of roadway improvement on air quality
- Developing alternative-fueled engines and vehicles
- Evaluating clean and renewable energy sources
- Manufacturing commercial products that will improve our quality of life
The Israel Innovation Institute, a non-profit organization, encourages the development and implementation of cutting-edge solutions to promote a quantum leap in the public sector. This Institute activity supports the socioeconomic development of Israel and its positioning as a driver of innovation.
White, Caffee, Summers and James. A premier boutique corporate law firm that serves as both legal advisors and business strategists to entrepreneurial management teams and investors. The firm has a 15-year history as a cohesive group of experienced transactional attorneys, many of whom hold MBA degrees, delivering worldclass, responsive cost-efficient business and legal counseling to over 500 active clients in a diverse range of technology and consumer product industries.
Cooley LLP. Cooley’s 700 attorneys have an entrepreneurial spirit and deep, substantive experience, and are committed to solving clients’ most challenging legal matters. From small companies with big ideas to international enterprises with diverse legal needs, Cooley has the breadth of legal resources to enable companies of all sizes to seize opportunities in today’s global marketplace. The firm represents clients across a broad array of dynamic industry sectors, including technology, life sciences, venture capital, clean energy, real estate and retail.
The firm has full-service offices in eleven major business and technology centers: Boston, MA; Broomfield, CO; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Palo Alto, CA; Reston, VA; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Washington, DC; and Shanghai, China.
The new GPC Digital Cities research initiative creates a focused research effort bringing together cross-discipline expertise including data analytics, institutional investment on urban sustainability, and exploration of how emerging technologies will change the way we think about business model development for government and enterprises engaged in digital cities. Collaboration with corporate affiliates will ensure market connection, validation, and new ways of transforming disruption into competitive advantage.
The Stanford GPC Affiliate Program in Digital Cities is one of the first programs of its kind in the United States. Its goal is to fundamentally change the way governments and companies think and operate as the world moves toward truly digitized urban centers – by harnessing focused research, commercial opportunity, and new ways of thinking about governance and sustainability.