Join us for a live, 45-minute presentation about Strawberry Creek Ventures, Alumni Ventures Group’s UC Berkeley-focused venture capital fund. The discussion will be led by Strawberry Creek Ventures Managing Partner Chris Sklarin and is open to all alumni and friends of UC Berkeley.*
During the session, Chris will discuss:
- The goal and structure of the fund
- The value of the Alumni Venture Group model
- Some examples of current portfolio companies
- The benefits of diversifying into venture capital
- The minimum requirements needed to invest in the fund
- There will be time for open questions during the call
* You must be accredited to invest in venture capital.
Chris Sklarin, Managing Partner - Strawberry Creek Ventures
Chris has over 20 years’ experience in tech investing, product development, and sales engineering. He has invested over $80M in companies from seed to venture stage. Most recently, he was Vice President at Edison Partners, where he focused on investments for Enterprise 2.0 and mobile. Previously, Chris was a Director of Business Development with biomedical venture accelerator BioEnterprise and Director of Business Development with Chrysalis Ventures. Earlier, at JumpStart, a nationally recognized venture development organization, he sourced and executed seed investments. Chris has an SB EE from MIT (’88) and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Eric Bielke, Partner - Strawberry Creek Ventures
Eric has over 8 years experience as a venture capitalist across a range of industries and technologies. Previously, Eric was a partner at GE Ventures where he served on the boards of RigUp, CoolEdge Lighting, Sungevity, CarbonFree Chemicals and Ambyint. Prior to GE Ventures, Eric was a Senior Associate at Next47 where he was involved with the firm’s investments in TOA Technologies (acq Oracle), Electric Cloud (acq CloudBees), and CounterTack. Early in his career Eric co-founded SoCore Energy, a venture-backed solar energy developer that was acquired by Edison International and held strategy roles with McKinsey & Co and Charles River Associates. He has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business.
Krithika Kumar, Principal - Strawberry Creek Ventures
Krithika is a member of Strawberry Creek Ventures where she brings experience in venture capital, entrepreneurship, and scientific research to the team. Krithika has led diligence and sourced deals as a Venture Partner at Humboldt Fund and a Senior Venture Fellow at Castor Ventures. Prior to venture capital, she co-founded a cognitive fitness company to enhance brain performance across the age spectrum. She also served as the Director of Business Development at Prime Biologics where she established strategic partnerships in the US, EU, and emerging markets. Krithika did her postdoctoral research studying the gut microbiome at Cornell University and has a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Texas A&M University.