Impact HUB Oakland is a multi-cultural co-working space and business incubator located in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood. It is in close proximity to Downtown Oakland, the Northgate business district, Lake Merritt, and Jack London Square. Its central location also provides easy access to the rest of the Bay Area including San Francisco which is ten minutes away via BART or the Bay Bridge. The 16,000 square foot facility supports tens of thousands of start companies, entrepreneurs, and community organizations, including several on this tour who make their home and access the services within Impact Hub Oakland, just one location with a network of 60 national and global location. Impact HUB Oakland is truly as its namesake relays – a hub of entrepreneurial and innovative activity in a community minded setting.
While other co-working facilities merely offer space to work and shared kitchens in a communal environment, Impact HUB provides its members the opportunity to collaborate with others, find mentors, and participate in classes that help and individual or organization reach and meet their goals. The organization operates with a core set of values that help to guide the co-working space and support its mission, which are – authenticity, radical inclusivity, creativity and expression, inspiration, respect, reciprocity, and effectiveness. The large facility can seem overwhelming but, its founders assure visitors that every inch of the space is designed for inspiration. This inspiration is not simply business-centric either as Impact HUB Oakland also is home to Omi Gallery – a space with changing exhibitions offered and hosted by Impact HUB members as well as emerging and established artists who present their visual, sound, and performance art. Omi Gallery partners with cultural institutions maintaining the local and global vision of an individual or organizations endeavor.
One can either acquire a membership for a determined amount of time or rent out the space for their own event or private endeavor. Impact HUB Oakland is all about access and ensuring that individuals who may find barriers to their start-up due to rent costs, opening, running, and maintaining an office, or having difficulty in finding community to support or encourage their ideas, the multi-cultural, diverse organization meets the needs and enabling individuals to access the American dream.