Entrepreneur Labs Percolate in Berkeley and Oakland

In Berkeley and Oakland, ideas are percolating for all manner of new innovations. Behind closed doors, entrepreneurs from around the world are having a meeting of the minds, a collaboration of hands-on production and a whirlwind of think-tank/laboratory explorations. Here are a few places in Berkeley and Oakland residing on the creative leading edge of design modernism.



From the website we learn that “Located on top of the tallest building in Downtown Berkeley, SkyDeck is UC Berkeley’s premier startup accelerator. Formed as a partnership between the Haas School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, SkyDeck combines the consulting know-how of traditional accelerators with the vast resources of its research university.

SkyDeck has developed the Berkeley Acceleration Method, a proprietary, six-month program to accelerate startups towards a position of strength for growth and survival in their market.”

Skydeck, 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Penthouse, Berkeley 94704



A beehive of activity is buzzing in Berkeley at The House, an incubator exclusive to the UC Berkeley community of entrepreneurial students, faculty and alumni that aims to help them develop their concepts into finished products and apps. Founder Cameron Baradar, a 2015 alum of UC Berkeley’s School of Engineering, and former Managing Director of Free Ventures, is the pulse inside this buzz.

His vision for The House is to provide guidance and community throughout the entire creative process from concept to fully developed product. Cameron adds, “We help build foundations for great businesses with a support platform providing founders with what they need, when they need it. We also have a retail store where we sell products made by Berkeley startups, including the Lily Camera and Eko Core.”

Cameron continues, “The House fills up a new 7,000-square-foot space near campus on Bancroft Avenue, previously occupied by the Cal Student Store and before that, Copy Central. The House hopes to host community events in the future while in the meantime extending an invitation for curious sorts to stop by to check out what’s happening in this communal hive of entrepreneurial innovation.”

The House, 2560 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 94704



As a new incubator in Berkeley, founded by David Koehn, with 50 investors and advisors on hand, The Batchery recently moved from their previous Berkeley space at 2036 Bancroft Way (near Shattuck) to a new location in The Port Workspaces in downtown Oakland.

The website tells us, “Founded in 2015, The Batchery is a collaborative workspace and incubator dedicated to supporting select entrepreneurs by hosting them in an ecosystem of investors, advisors, peers and service providers. It does this through two learning tracks, workshops, value-add partnerships, coaching and mentoring, and opportunities to pitch internally and externally.”

The Batchery, 344 20th St #115, Oakland 94612  Tel: 510- 545-9358


Got some ideas bubbling up? Find your community and bring your dreams to fruition in one of these fantastic environments for forward thinkers, movers and shakers.

*All photos courtesy of individual organizations *


Mary Corbin

Mary Corbin

Mary Corbin is a writer and artist who has lived in Berkeley for 32 years. She is always amazed with finding something new around the next corner while out on a walk, biking in the hills, or chatting with locals about food or fun events around town. Visit her cycling blog at MommaWheelie.com and drop her a line. And view her work as an artist at marycorbinart.blogspot.com
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