SkyDeck Welcomes Four Haas Startups
June 04, 2013
Four Haas startups easing everything from air conditioning to online purchasing have set up shop at the Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator this month.
The ventures—Dreeva EZ Green, tally24,and Wherelab—are among seven new additions to SkyDeck, a startup accelerator in downtown Berkeley created as a joint venture between Haas’ Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, and the Vice Chancellor of Research Office. SkyDeck startups t receive mentoring, office space, and access to workshops and speakers.
SkyDeck staff and Berkeley-Haas SkyDeck Fellows narrowed an initial applicant pool of 40 candidates to 13 teams to select the latest class of entrepreneurs.Finalist teams ultimately pitched to a select group of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and angel investors.
Dreeya includes Sushma Bhatia, Anaida Cholakyan, and Rajendra Gundluru, all MBA 14; and Jennifer King, MBA 13. Dreeya’s online and mobile community platform connects new moms in the market for everything from strollers to car seats to make purchasing decisions easier. These new mothers can share recommendations on children’s products and find the right product based on the reviews of mothers they know and trust.
EZ Green, which includes alumna Gayathhri Raghvendra, MBA 08, has developed a virtual energy manager that enables small commercial buildings to automatically control HVAC, lighting, and plug loads to reduce energy costs and increase comfort and convenience.
Tally24 includes Arup Banerjee, Eric Palm, and Dominik Sanya, all MBA 13. Tally24’s cloud-based software service provides a suite of enterprise support services to small sports and wellness businesses to help them schedule online bookings, quickly accept payments, and track customers.
Wherelab, which includes Bharat Sampath, MBA 15, provides precise indoor maps and positioning services to retailers, brands, venue marketers, and government.
For more details on the entire new class of SkyDeck teams, visit skydeck.berkeley.edu/2013/05/23/skydeck-welcomes-its-newest-teams.