Making Berkeley a more vibrant, accessible and equitable place for startups to launch and grow.


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Information: Provide local innovators with information about resources and opportunities.

Marketing: Showcase Berkeley as a place for startups to launch and grow.

Real Estate: Increase high quality commercial real estate & wet lab space.

Diversity & Inclusion: Increase innovation sector diversity and community engagement.

Events: Improve the number and quality of events & networks for Berkeley entrepreneurs.

Infrastructure: Develop local infrastructure to meet the needs of the innovation sector.

Policy: Align city policy to support local innovation and startup growth.

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Berkeley Ventures, Berkeley Values Night of Connection

SAVE THE DATE: October 13, 2021 from 4-7pm

The Berkeley Ventures, Berkeley Values (BV2) Night of Connection at Wareham Development's Aquatic Park Center Campus in West Berkeley will celebrate Berkeley companies that care about equitable development in our community and are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). BV2 Pitch Competition participants will share their learnings from the recent BV2 Learning Lab … and there will be ample opportunity for networking with compassionate Berkeley founders and innovation industry leaders.

Read about the BV2 Pitch Competition in this Berkeleyside #Discovered in Berkeley article, and follow BV2 on LinkedIn. Event registration details forthcoming.

The Berkeley Business Environment

A mid-sized city of 120,000, Berkeley punches above its weight when it comes to the diversity and vibrancy of its business community. Home to one of the world’s top public universities (UC Berkeley) and the nation’s oldest federal research laboratory (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab), Berkeley institutions enable people with ideas to launch innovative companies, create high-quality jobs and generate technologies with a global impact.

Berkeley is also connected by BART and the Bay Bridge to San Francisco, and approximately an hour’s drive from Silicon Valley’s globally recognized technology hub. Additionally, the city has many connections to other parts of California and global destinations through its rail transportation networks and proximity to two international airports and the Port of Oakland.

Entrepreneurs with an independent spirit, progressive values, and a focus on quality find Berkeley to be a natural home.

Thinking about starting a business in Berkeley?

Read the City of Berkeley’s Business Resource Guide to chart your path forward.