About this project
Check out today's article on the front page of the Business Section of the San Francisco Chronicle:
THANK YOU! WE'VE HIT OUR REACH GOAL!
Now that we've raised $120,000, we'll commission a beautiful mural dedicated to the People & History of Oakland as well as our Kickstarter backers!
One of the coordinators will be our friend Miranda Bergman, who was also one of the artists who painted the historic mural at the Women's Building in San Francisco:
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO BACK THE CAMPAIGN:
Backers of $60 or more get a HUB Oakland T-shirt! Some higher levels also get a limited edition hoodie.
Our campaign has been featured in...
- San Francisco Chronicle
- Triple Pundit
- San Francisco Business Times
- San Francisco Bay Guardian
- Oakland Local / SF Gate
- Oakland North
- Real Leaders
WHAT IS HUB OAKLAND?
HUB is Where Change Goes to Work
Hub Oakland is equal parts inspiring co-working space, entrepreneurial incubator and community of socially engaged people. Located in the heart of one of the coolest cities in the world, we cultivate, support and connect purpose- driven people as they pioneer solutions for a sustainable and equitable world.
We are locally owned by Oakland residents, while connected to a growing network of more than 50 Hubs across the globe! Come join our community of startups and nonprofits who are changing the world.
We Don't Just Work Together, We Grow Together
Members work from Hub Oakland, attend and produce events, run their own bootcamps, exchange ideas, access funding and mentorship, find co-conspirators and partners, participate in social networks, present their artistic expression, build campaigns, launch companies, protype the future.... all within a member-driven, hosted environment dedicated to accelerating possibilities for a better world.
Hub Oakland will be located in the heart of Uptown Oakland on Broadway between 23rd and 24th Streets. Oakland’s thriving historic Uptown/Downtown Broadway corridor is home to an eclectic mix of entertainment venues that include trendy restaurants, art galleries, the beautifully renovated Fox Theater and nightclubs. Hub Oakland will also be located in the heart of the world class Art Murmur near the 19th Street BART station.
We are excited to be working with gardnerDESIGNlab in the design of the space and Flynn Architecture. Our 16,000 square foot space will include: dedicated offices, collaborative space, open quiet space, conference rooms, team rooms, beautiful mezzanine, full kitchen, art gallery, meditation & yoga space.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE SPENT?
We have already raised $700K, but we need another $100K to cover the rest of the substantial construction costs (mezzanine buildout, architect fees, building permits, etc.)
But if we raise even more than $100K, we can make the space even more beautiful!
For $120K: we'll create a stunning mural on our wall outside, with the theme sourced from the community and voted on by our backers!
For $135: we'll also create a lovely parklet out front!
WHO ARE WE?
Our team is entrepreneurial, experienced, and diverse.
TO OUR FRIENDS: THANK YOU!
We wouldn't be able to do this without our community. The following organizations are doing great work, so please give them your support!
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk we face is an extended delay in opening our space. We are currently looking at an October grand opening, but if the construction timeline slips, we could be opening our doors right smack in middle of the holiday season when people are winding down from a year of hard work to save the world. This would cut into our revenues at a time when we need to be ramping up.
To hedge against this possibility, we are opening a small temporary location (at 1423 Broadway, starting in May) to grow a critical mass of members and supporters who will move with us when our new space is ready.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The HUB network is more like an association. While each HUB shares the same name and a unified vision for the business model, each HUB is actually like a start-up. HUB Oakland is a group of individuals coming together with the vision to bring a HUB to Oakland so as to address the unique and diverse needs of the city. This group is responsible for financing and getting the HUB up and running on their own.
By crowdfunding the buildup of our new space, we are turning to the community, locally and beyond, for support. We are transforming the way things are normally done. We are turning from corporate backed franchise growth, to a bottoms up, community sponsored and curated space for action and change. We are co-creating a sharing economy.
Coffeeshops have been the go-to places for independent workers for a long time. For $5-$10 you can sit in a crowded and noisy space as long as you want. Your need for social interactions are met to a certain extent, as the environment is more socially stimulating than in your home.
However, beyond that, there is little more that working there offers. The HUB is all about community. It’s a space that brings together like-minded people. You are sure to find similar interests and aligned missions with HUB members. The biggest value being the collective experiences and insights of those in the space, ready to share and help others with their challenges, to collaborate and co-create.
The HUB provides networking opportunities to make the community stronger and facilitate creation of new projects and businesses.Educational offerings prove personal and professional self-development opportunities. Entrepreneurs and changemakers sharpen their skill sets, empowering themselves to bring their projects to light.
Lastly, event programming held at the HUB, free or discounted to members brings the community together around issues of interest and adds to the space, making it much more than just a coworking place.
A day in the life at the HUB: Imagine waking up and heading to ‘go to work.’ You arrive at the HUB, head to the communal kitchen to grab a cup of coffee or an espresso. You grab one of the many seats in the large space. There are meetings being held in the conference rooms. You check out the large calendar on the wall to see what workshops, classes and events are going on in the space that day. You get to work, and when you feel like taking a short break, head over to the host’s desk to ask her for a recommendation of someone who has worked with your topic of interest. She introduces you there in the space and you grab lunch with your new friend. In the evening, you attend a networking Wine Down or a speaker panel in the event space.
If The HUB is about making the world more equal, why do I need to pay for a membership? Doesn't that leave out low-income people?
Entrepreneurial opportunities aren't equally accessible, and we want to counteract that problem. We are committed to serving low-income people, which is why we've set up a scholarship fund that you can contribute to (via the Sponsor and Hero levels).
HUB membership fees help us pay our collective expenses... it's an enormous workspace that needs to cover rent, utilities, staffing, member services, etc. Yet it's much cheaper than most office space because our aim isn't to turn a big profit, our aim is to serve our members, our city, and our world.
We have membership levels for as little as $50/month, and our mark of success is that you will learn and get the support that you need to grow your business. It is really an investment in yourself and your business.
Scholarship applications will be available after the campaign is over. Thank you for the question!!
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