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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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Don’t Leave Money on the Table: Get Grants to Fund Your Business

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 3:30-6:30pm

Foundry 31 (3100 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710) with the event entrance at 1222 67th Street in Emeryville and parking at 940 Folger Avenue in Berkeley)

The Berkeley Startup Cluster, Women Entrepreneurs of Berkeley, City of Berkeley Office of Economic Development, Berkeley Chamber, UC Berkeley Industry Alliances Office, and Tech Futures Group invite you to a discussion with Tech Futures’ Group SBIR/STTR Business Advisor Chuck Eason and City of Berkeley Small Business Expert Vincent McCoy about what grants are available to support business growth, how to find them, and what a business can do to make its application competitive. UC Berkeley Industry Alliances Office Director Eric Giegerich and Associate Director Kate Lewis will also be there to explain how to line up collaborators/subcontractors at universities or national labs for a high-quality SBIR or STTR grant application. Plus, it will be a great opportunity to see this new Berkeley R&D facility and network with other startup founders & aspiring entrepreneurs!

Register here to attend for free.

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.

Berkeley Ventures, Berkeley Values 

The Berkeley Ventures, Berkeley Values (BV2) initiative works with Berkeley companies that want to actively engage in our community and are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

For more background, see the Give Back page of our website, read about the BV2 Pitch Competition in this Berkeleyside #Discovered in Berkeley article and follow BV2 on LinkedIn.