Caroline Winnett

Exec Dir
Berkeley SkyDeck

Caroline is Executive Director of Berkeley SkyDeck, UC Berkeley's flagship startup accelerator. At SkyDeck she leads a program that hosts over 200 companies per year. She recently launched the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund, a VC fund investing in SkyDeck startups that donates half of fund profits back to UC Berkeley.

Prior to Berkeley SkyDeck, Caroline was a serial entrepreneur. Caroline co-founded the pioneer company in the neuromarketing industry, NeuroFocus, which was acquired by Nielsen in 2011. Before her career in startups, Caroline was a professional concert violinist.

Caroline is a recognized speaker on startups, accelerators, and consumer neuroscience. She is an angel investor and is an Advisor and Board member for several startups in mobile, IoT, internet, and travel.

Caroline received her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Her undergraduate studies were at Brown University and she earned her Violin Performance degree at the Indiana University School of Music.

In her spare time she likes to read books on startups, play the violin, do the occasional Ironman triathlon, ski as fast as possible without crashing, and scuba dive.

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