We opened The Office: Berkeley because we believe in the transformative power of entrepreneurship, and our goal is to include as many people in that vision as possible. We promote a community of inclusion, so that every person may have the opportunity to shape, define, and realize their professional dreams.
At The Office we promote and recognize principles of equity and social justice in relation to race, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, faith, ancestry, national origin, social class, ethnicity, and all other identities represented among our diverse membership.
As part of our commitment to these values, we hold regular pitch contests for entrepreneurial groups who have been traditionally left out of coworking—and the winners receive a free year of office space to build their business. Last year, we held an event for women entrepreneurs, our next event will promote people of color-owned businesses, followed by an LGBTQ pitch contest, and a contest for teen entrepreneurs.
If you have ideas for a themed pitch contest, or other ways to promote inclusion and diversity in our community, we’d love to hear from you.