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.
Just two blocks from Downtown Berkeley BART and around the corner form 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.
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.
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.
QB3 East Bay Innovation Center
The QB3 East Bay Innovation Center (QB3 EBIC) at Wareham Development’s Aquatic Park Center in West Berkeley is located at the heart of the East Bay Innovation Corridor, the second largest life-science and technology cluster in Northern California. This facility offers 8,000 sq ft of lab and office space and includes access to shared research equipment. Abundant amenities at QB3 EBIC include: award-winning restaurants, fitness center, child care, shuttles to BART and to the AMTRAK Capitol Corridor Route, charging stations, and monthly networking opportunities.
Address: 820 Heinz Avenue, 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.
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.
A new kind of playground and workspace for creative mothers. Fun to us is making, breaking, learning and hacking our bright ideas. Our mission is to give mothers the time and space to explore DIY craft and design, hacker/maker culture, entrepreneurship, and all manner of creative expression – with childcare.
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