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Happy Anniversary Hub San Francisco!!

Happy Anniversary Hubbers!!

Well folks, it’s been an intense and exciting 12 months, but we made it through the first year. When we opened our doors on May 17, 2010, we had no idea what we were in for. On numbers alone, we have surpassed all other Hubs in size of space, number of events, and of course, members. We have created the most vibrant, most diverse, and most active community in the network. And we haven’t slowed down yet. Hub Workbench, Hub Clubs, Sexy Salad…this is all you and this is just the beginning. And in less than 2 months, we will double the physical size we are now by adding 14 new offices within 10,000 sq. ft. on the second floor of the Chronicle Building.  Excited? Continue reading

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Countdown to Hub SoMa

I’m sure you all have been eagerly awaiting another Hub SoMa update. We are about a month away now from the opening! Your enthusiasm and eagerness is pushing us all along to work harder and make sure the opening is smooth. For all of you who have been waiting for the space to open to become members, we have a new pricing model and a special trial discounted rate for those of you sign up before May 1st at the Hub 100, Unlimited Permanent Desk membership levels. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity. We only have a limited number of trial memberships available!

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Countdown to Hub SoMa!

As promised, we are giving you another update on Hub SoMa to get you psyched for the opening. As you can see the space is still in construction mode, but it will be making a quick transformation in the coming weeks. Just imagine the potential with such a large space!

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Countdown to Hub SoMa!

For weeks you have probably heard us referring to Hub SoMa, the new Hub in San Francisco. We are launching a new segment of the blog for your reading and viewing pleasure dedicated entirely to updating you on the progress  of Hub SoMa. We hope you are as excited as we are about this new expansion of the Hub! Please share your thoughts and comments with us.

The Hub SoMa is located at 901 Mission Street,  in the  San Francisco Chronicle building, which is in a great area and accessible by Powell BART. With over 7,000 square feet of space, the Hub will have  office spaces (that can be rented), more meeting areas, a cafe and of course a Hubble 🙂 The image below is a still a work in progress, but it gives you a good idea of what we have planned. Stay tuned for next week’s installment of Hub SoMa Update. Enjoy!

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2 Major Announcements from Hub Bay Area

A new day is dawning.

In a year in which traditional systems and assumptions have been disrupted, new voices of innovation and determination are effervescing.  Evangelists of community, new media, non-traditional capital markets, and entrepreneurship seek new answers to the problems of our age.  Hub Bay Area feels privileged to be a part of this movement by offering an ecosystem, resources and a platform to these voices.  It is for this reason, we are proud to announce two major developments in the Hub Bay Area community.

1)  An intent to lease at the San Francisco Chronicle for the home of our future SF Hub

2)  A partnership with First Light Capital to offer seed funding to start-up social entrepreneurs.  Informational meeting on Monday December 7th

San Francisco Chronicle Building: The SF Gate and SF Chronicle released a story about plans to renovate the Chronicle building to become a new Hub for social innovation.  The Hub Bay Area space will be over 6,000 square ft. and located on the first floor of the Hearst family owned Chronicle building.  Click here to read more.

First Light Capital:
First Light Capital has announced Hub Bay Area as the home of the new $500,000 West Coast Village Capital Fund.  Inspired by the village bank model used in microfinance throughout the world, Village Capital is an innovative investment model built on the hypothesis that entrepreneurs, working intimately together and providing peer support to one another, will be able to efficiently and wisely allocate investment to one another’s companies.
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West Coast Village Capital (WCVC) is a social venture program that brings entrepreneurs together to learn from and support each other’s social enterprises.  Over the course of 12 weeks, up to 30 social entrepreneurs will work together in groups of 5 to share their knowledge, strengthen their models, and build their businesses.  Additionally, WCVC puts the investment decisions in the hands of entrepreneurs themselves.  First Light Ventures will make $25,000 and $75,000 investments in the 5-10 companies identified as most ready for seed capital.
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First Light Ventures is a catalyst fund that promotes social impact through investment and infrastructure development.  First Light is testing the Village Capital model through four distinct pilot programs: West Coast Village Capital (San Francisco Bay Area, California); Unreasonable Village Capital (Boulder, Colorado); Idea Village Capital (New Orleans, Louisiana); and Dasra Village Capital (Mumbai, India).
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WCVC is looking for social entrepreneurs with bright ideas and sustainable business models.  If you have a business idea to help improve the world, they want to hear about it.  The WCVC program is based in the Bay Area and will run January 19 through April 14, 2010.  Applications are due by January 7, 2010.  A public information session will take place December 7, 6:30pm at Hub Berkeley (David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 400, Berkeley, CA 94704).
More information is available at www.vilcap.com.

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