NewMe Community Event and Hub Oakland’s Launch – Thank you!
With an incredible outpouring of support from our community, Hub Oakland is born.
Our first Innovation Mixer on Friday, April 20th to launch the NewMe Community in Oakland, and welcome the NewMe Accelerator program. The NewMe Accelerator is a residential technology start-up incubator for minority-led businesses in the technology industry. Friday’s event far exceeded all of our expectations and demonstrated just how unified Oakland is around supporting innovation, building community, entrepreneurship, collaboration, and expansion.
Where we were initially expecting a beautiful and intimate gathering, we received a bountiful and overflowing celebration that sold-out 3 days before the event! OaKollectiv was generous enough to offer us their pop-up retail space to host the event (Hub Oakland’s space is coming soon!). 2.OAK (formerly known as InOak) was our presenting sponsor, while community collaborators Steve Snider and Oakland Venue Management donated an incredible team to set up and strike the event and also provide tables, chairs, audio/video, and staging. Furthermore, Herspring-Gibbs, Arizmendi, Just Desserts, Sweet Bar Bakery, Richmond Spokes, Bill’s Snack Bar, and TCHO filled those tables with a delicious spread of food, pastries, and desserts, and the Downtown Oakland Association and the Lake Merritt-Uptown District Association lent us support with marketing. We also had a great team of Volunteers who made sure everything ran smoothly and filled in the spaces where needed – for their time we are grateful.
And, the amazing presentations themselves featured snapshots from around the Bay of important initiatives bringing technology and entrepreneurship while celebrating culture, youth, social media, co-working spaces and green jobs. We learned about Black Girls Code, G4GMobile.com, the Latino Start-Up Alliance, the Green Science Academy, Techliminal, and Oakland Local and the diverse ways in which these organizations work to cultivate meaning while stimulating the economy in underserved communities.
It is hard to imagine a more perfect launch for Hub Oakland! This is just a taste of the kind of events that we will be convening on a regular basis. Thank You to everyone who came out to mix it up and enjoy the evening!
Hub Oakland NewMe Mixer Sponsoring Organizations include; 2.OAK, Downtown Oakland Association, Lake Merritt-Uptown District Association, Oakland Venue Management, OaklandLocal.org, Hub Berkeley, Pecha Kucha Oakland, OaKollectiv, Arizmendi Bakery, Richmond Spokes, NewMe Accelerator, and Community Ventures.