Start Up Conveniently Close to Research Centers
When companies spin off from UC Berkeley or the Berkeley Lab, startups typically want to stay close to where their ideas were hatched. Enterprising students, post-docs, and professors appreciate locating in Berkeley where they can launch their ventures in close proximity to academic colleagues while enjoying a great quality of life -- and still find San Francisco and Silicon Valley only a short train ride away.
The City of Berkeley Office of Economic Development (OED) can help you find available commercial space in Berkeley. The OED website points you toward listings of commercial real estate vacancies across the city — and lets you know where to go for 1-1 assistance with the process.
Search for the Right Space for You
LiquidSpace is an online marketplace for renting office space. You can use LiquidSpace to quickly find the right space for your team in the Berkeley neighborhood that works for you, quickly scanning hundreds of spaces with pricing and availability, message the hosts, set-up tours, and book right away.
Connect with Coworking Spaces & Incubators Directly
Is your startup seeking to share office space with like-minded innovators? Berkeley has many coworking spaces, incubators and accelerators.
The Office: Berkeley is a coworking space that offers authentic, meaningful networking connections with real community leaders who genuinely understand the nuts and bolts of how to get your idea built. Its team of founders, all Cal alums and serial entrepreneurs in the City of Berkeley, opened The Office in May 2017 with a goal to create an authentically local coworking space whose primary mission is to support the economic growth of individuals and businesses in their own community.
Address: 1935 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704
Just two blocks from Downtown Berkeley BART and around the corner from UC Berkeley's campus is WeWork, a platform for creators. They provide the space, community, and services you need to create your life's work. Large conference rooms, indoor bike storage, private phone booths, dedicated desks and privates offices up to 8 people.
Address: 2120 University Ave., Berkeley, CA
Phone: (646) 389-3922
Cell Valley Labs
Cell Valley Labs provides office and lab space for the future of food, climate change, and other mission-driven biotechnology startups. Run by Wild Earth we know what it’s like to be a biotech founder and strive to offer startups flexibility and the option to customize the space to meet their own needs
Address: 2865 Seventh St, Suite B Berkeley, CA
Bakar Labs, part of the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub at UC Berkeley is a world-class incubator for life science startups, enabling entrepreneurs to grow ideas into successful ventures through space, equipment, and multiple connections to a vibrant ecosystem.
Address: 2630 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
NextSpace Berkeley, Powered by Pacific Workplaces, supports students, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small businesses in an innovative, collaborative environment. Located in the heart of downtown, NextSpace Berkeley offers memberships for private offices and dedicated desks, coworking passes for individual workstations, virtual office plans for mail services and live phone answering, and access to meeting rooms.
Address: 2081 Center St., Berkeley, CA
Phone: (510) 990-0500
Regus is the world’s largest provider of convenient, high-quality, fully serviced workspace. Whether you have a start-up or a Fortune 500 company, Downtown Berkeley Center is a bright, professional environment where you can stay focused on your business. This striking location puts you in the midst of Berkeley’s rich, vibrant culture. The University of California is less than one mile away with the city’s best restaurants, entertainment, and Downtown Berkeley BART station within walking distance. Regus Downtown Berkeley is a place where you can work confidently and conveniently in fully-equipped private or shared workspace.
Address: 2001 Addison Street, Suite 300, Berkeley, CA
Phone: (510) 679-6902
CoWorking with Wisdom at Dharma College
CoWorking With Wisdom is a workspace intended to provide members with an enhanced way of working where the space is a sanctuary for creating balance of wisdom and work. The workspace promotes: Caring for yourself and others, Openness to transformation, Harmony and Balance, Work as Wisdom, Community as an expression of human potential, Sharing new knowledge, Respect for all, and Doing good for others.
Address: 2222 Harold Way Berkeley, CA 94704
Codi (flex office spaces)
Codi is the flexible office space platform that liberates you from the hassle of dealing with brokers, lawyers, and long leases to focus on what matters most — growing your startup. Open your local company hubs in record time with Codi and grow through our network of conveniently located flex office spaces.
- 2037 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710
- 1122 University Avenue, Suite 104, Berkeley, CA, 94702
- 2648 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94704
Bonneville Labs provides lab space with the personnel and services that fade operations into the background. Think of it as lab space with moving walkways to speed your success.
Address: 626 Bancroft Way Suite A, Berkeley, CA 94710
Workstation West Berkeley
Workstation WB offers a variety of workspaces including daily and monthly memberships and more permanent desks and private office space. Workstation WB has a cozy work environment, high-speed Internet, printing services, access to private phone booths, complimentary coffee & tea, two conference rooms available to members and rentable by the hour, and a space for evening or weekend events shaped by the ideas of the members and the neighboring community.
Address: 2247 Sixth St. Berkeley, CA 94710 (corner of 6th & Bancroft)
Energy & Biosciences Institute Entrepreneurial Business Incubator (EBI2)
Nestled in the heart of UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources, with convenient access to downtown Berkeley and public transportation, the Energy & Biosciences Institute’s Entrepreneurial Business Incubator (EBI2) has space available for lease by biological and chemical research companies. The space contains analytical instruments and equipment for chemical and biological applications such as fermenters, GCs, HPLCs, ICs, anaerobic chambers, a lyophilizer, and many more. Tenants also have access to EBI2 dedicated staff and undergraduate interns as well as a private meeting room. Applications are accepted year around with leasing terms starting at 1 year and bench space starting at $720/mo.
Email: Yi Liu, EBI2 Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you tired of working from home but not ready to go back to office full time? Do you want the benefit of a quality workspace without the cost of a quality workspace? WorkBistro has your back.
Drop in for a few hours at an open desk or stay for the day at a premium workstation. Take that private phone call or have a coffee with a client in the lounge. With plans starting as low as $5/hour, WorkBistro caters to your style and needs, and you'll never sign a contract. Plus, WorkBistro has you covered with coffee, kombucha, and a fully-stocked snack bar.
Address: 1122 University Ave. Berkeley (Corner of University and San Pablo)
Mothership HackerMoms Mothership HackerMoms is a nonprofit creative life lab for mothers (broadly defined). We support women engaging in creative, career, and entrepreneurial endeavors with a variety of member-led groups, from book clubs to networking sessions to gallery events. Both members and nonmembers can join one of our ongoing Fail Clubs, a project launchpad group that supports participants as they articulate and implement their goals. Full members have 24-hour access to a comfortable and clean shared workspace in Berkeley's vibrant Lorin District.
Address: 3288 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703
Berkeley Research Infrastructure Commons (RIC)
The Berkeley Research Infrastructure Commons, or Berkeley RIC, is a group of UC Berkeley's core R&D facilities, startup incubator labs, and other resources that are available for shared use. Berkeley RIC facilities are available to industry users for commercial purposes under commercial rate structures and business-friendly intellectual property terms.
See more about the Berkeley business incubators and accelerators that provide office space, programs and resources to startups on the Resources page.
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