a comprehensive list of places to learn, network, work, and incubate your startup in San Francisco Bay Area


500 Startups: 4-month accelerator programs in Mountain View

Angel Pad: 10-week intensive mentorship session to a dozen carefully selected startups

Founders Space: dedicated to helping exceptionally talented entrepreneurs reach their full potential

Rocket Space: start up co-working and shared space

Alchemist Accelerator: exclusively for startups whose revenue comes from enterprises, not consumers

Topline: built-in marketing and sales accelerator

Founder Institute: four-month, part-time program, you can “learn by doing” approach

Plug and Play: jack of all trades: funding, investment, incubators, & co-working

Upwest Labs: 4 month program for Israel’s best entrepreneurs

Matter: five month accelerator program

Sky Deck: the first in-house public research university accelerator programs

Tumml: four month program for companies solving urban issues

Y Combinator: twice a year they invest a small amount of money ($120k) in a large number of startups (most recently 85)

Women’s Start Up Lab: 2 week and 2 month programs for female founders


Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center: empowers economically diverse women & men to be entrepreneurs

Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center: non-profit organization designed to educate, innovate, and connect aspiring and current entrepreneurs

La Cocina: cultivating food entrepreneurs

Black Founders: creating an ecosystem that stimulates tech entrepreneurship and fosters economic growth

The Passion Company: inspire and enable a world where everyone is following their passions

General Assembly SF: free and paid classes for entrepreneurs

Cascade SF: community of product designers joined together to transform technology

Founders Network: peer mentorship for founders

Code Chix: fosters continuous learning through chapter events and workshops

Codess: community for female coders initiated by Microsoft

Data Driven Women: networking series and speaker event that brings together women (& men) passionate about building a stronger female tech community

Lean In Circles: monthly roundtable at your home, a brown-bag lunch series at work, or even a virtual meet-up with people from around the world

Girls in Tech (SF Circle): meet, mentor, and recruit women in tech

Tech Liminal: technology-focused community space

Up Global: organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities

Berkley Startup Cluster: events, resources, and co-working space

Dev Bootcamp: first short-term, immersive bootcamp that transforms beginners into full-stack web developers in 19 weeks

Co-founders Lab: networking events to find a co-founder

800 Birds: network, learn and monthly demo days

Creative Convergence Silicon Valley: 2-day event with speakers, interactive demos and networking

VC Taskforce: events, networking opportunities, and pitch/demo days

Founder Showcase: startup events helping seed-stage startups learn, launch and network

Pitchforce: monthly fundraising event for companies in software, social, mobile, big data, consumer web, finance/payments, clean tech, biotech or medtech sectors

SF New Tech: technology event and networking mixer for people who can’t get enough of technology

Startup Pitch Night: network, learn and pitch your startup

Impact Hub: membership community taking action to drive positive social and environmental change

Finovate: leading showcase of new innovations financial services technology


Startup Battlefied (techcrunch): compete for a $50k 1st prize and lots of press attention

Launch Festival: few different competitions to fit your startup, compete to win cash prizes

Tech Co: winners receives up to $250k and a place in the accelator program

UC Berkley Startup Competition: cash prizes and mentorship for student entrepreneurs

A Place to Work

Sudo Room: creative community and hackerspace in Oakland, $60 suggested donation per month

We Work: $45 flexible/$450 Full Time

20 Mission: 41-room community for art and technology creators in the heart of the Mission District

Parisoma: open space $345 per month, goes up to $3,500 for a private office

Sandbox Suites: starts at $75 per month, up to $2,750 per month

Breather: book a room all over the city to work (private, not co-working)

Next Space: day pass $25, $375 per month (cafe seating), $650 (work station), $1300 (office)

Bespoke SF: trifecta of coworking, demo, and event spaces strategically
located at Westfield San Francisco

Makeshift Society: $15 day pass, goes up to $350 for access 5 days a week

Sphere Pad: day pass $18, $230 for a community desk, $550 for a permanent desk

1920c: flexible pricing — $5 per hour, $25 for a day, $375 for full time monthly, and $500 for a dedicated desk (other options available)

Ziploft: desks at $500 a month

Connections Sf: pricing options from $100 per month and up to $1,700 a month

Make Space: pop-up creative spaces offering a change in your daily routine and a kinder relationship to “work”

Workshop Cafe: great location, food, coffee, and a place to work

Tech Shop Sf: a community-based workshop and prototyping studio on a mission to democratize access to the tools of innovation

Hatch: pricing unavailable on the website

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