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Our Services


Access to mentors

Berkeley Ventures brings together experts from mulitple industries and sectors. You will receive the strategy, product, and operational answers you need to help your business thrive.  Our advisors include expert CEO's, investment bankers, and venture capitalists to help grow your business.

Office space and facilities

Berkeley Ventures has 8,400 sq ft of space in Berkeley, California. We are located on beautiful 4th street, with access to great restaurants and shopping.

We offer an initial period of free rent, with a month to month lease thereafter.  You receive private office space, access to printers, copy, fax, and other administrative services.  Our facility has multiple conference rooms for quiet meetings, confidential calls, and collaborative work. We also provide a comfortable lounge and kitchen area. Our office layout is also flexible to meet the needs of your business.

We are 10 minutes from the University of California Berkeley, 5 minutes from the beautiful Berkeley Marina, and a quick 15 drive to the city of San Francisco. Our location gives our startups access to unparalleled resources and a large and expert talent pool to draw from.

Berkeley Ventures is a culture of collaboration and innovation.

Help in building your management or advisor team

Through our extensive network, you will have access to the talent needed to complete your team or board. Easy access to talented resources at Stanford and UC Berkeley

Our extensive network will help in recruiting additional team members and advisors

Berkeley Ventures Programming

Berkeley Ventures provides a wide range of programming including techno shock working sessions, regular dinners with advisors and entrepreneurs, and investor days. Additional details are outlined below

Techno Shock

Every other Friday there is a "technoshock" session to stimulate your brain.  In a partially structured format people gather and throw out problems, solutions, new ideas and recently spotted trends and technologies.

Dinners with Advisors

Berkeley Ventures hosts regular dinners and cocktail sessions allowing our startups to get to know their advisors on a more personal level. Present at these events will be highly successful entrepreneurs, angel investors, legal experts, venture capitalists, and investment bankers, who are happy to speak on several issues affecting your business.

Investor Days

Investor Days connect our startups to investors, angels, and venture capital groups. Our startups prepare a presentation for our guests, which is then followed by a short Q&A. All of our startups will receive support in developing their materials for the investors. 

Seed Funding

Seed money is available for select companies. 

Legal Services

Berkeley Ventures helps your company with incorporation, operating agreements, and other legal work that might be necessary in launching your business.

Equity Stake

Berkeley Ventures will receive an equity stake ranging from 3% to 9%.
 

Frequently Asked Questions


What sorts of companies do you fund?

Berkeley Ventures opens its doors to all types of businesses; however our advisors are best equipped to support companies in high tech, application software, clean-tech, Web 2.0, finance, gaming, mobile applications and community sites.  We understand that sales and execution are key to your success, and we are looking for firms that have achievable milestones.

Is Berkeley Ventures only a summer program?

No. Unlike other incubators which may only support your business during the summer, Berkeley Ventures is there to support you past summer camp.

How long can my company reside at Berkeley Ventures?

Your stay at Berkeley Ventures is determined by the goals and milestones that we define together. There is no time limit, but once you are ready to fly, you must leave the nest. 

Are there size restrictions on the team?

Berkeley Ventures accepts startups with as little as one team member, and will also consider teams with as many as 5 or 6.

How do you choose which companies to accept into the program and to fund?

We will choose great founders who are proposing products that solve real problems or create meaningful innovations. For us, it’s about the management team. We want to see that you have:

-  A solid management team with skills needed to succeed

-  Progress on your product or prototype, reflecting your strategy and execution

-  Achievable goals and milestones

Can I apply if I’m not from the United States?

Yes. We accept startups from around the world.

Is my company too early (or late) stage to apply to Berkeley Ventures?

We accept companies that are at any stage of their development.  The only limitation is size, at this time we can only accept companies with onsite employees of 6 or less.  In addition, we accept companies from any country; H-1 visas can be sponsored for select companies.

I’m concerned that if I apply, you won’t protect my intellectual property. Should I be worried about this?

Berkeley Ventures understands that your idea is precious to you and we are definitely not in the business of stealing ideas. We also do not show any of our applications to outside parties. There are hundreds of ideas submitted each year, most of which are very similar. For this, and other practical reasons, we will decline to sign an NDA.