Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center


Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center transforms lives through entrepreneurship.  Renaissance consists of 5 locations in the Bay Area including 2 in San Francisco: Renaissance’s South of Market (Renaissance SOMA) and Bayview Hunters Point (Renaissance Bayview). All locations provide comprehensive training, support services, resources, and networks for business owners at every stage of business development from idea feasibility through start-up, growth and expansion.

Renaissance SOMA is especially proud to feature Renaissance’s Women’s Business Center, a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The center provides business training, access to capital, access to markets and support strategies that are essential to the successful growth of new and emerging women entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For the most up to date information, please visit Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center’s website.

Renaissance SOMA


Start Smart Classes: In this course participants will work with a business plan canvas model (a strategic startup template) and begin to get their ideas down on paper and refine, adjust and change to meet the needs of their market. The canvas can be used as a visual business plan that can be adjusted as students dvelve into their research.

Business Planning Classes: Renaissance SOMA’s 80 hour comprehensive business planning class addresses every aspect of starting and growing a small business including marketing, management, finance, taxes, and recordkeeping.

Subject and Industry Specific Trainings: Renaissance SOMA offers a wide variety of skill build and industry specific training for all levels of business owners, including: Legal Workshops, Bookkeeping, Quickbooks, Marketing and training in the Fashion sector. See a full list of all Renaissance’s classes.

Financial Resource Center: Renaissance provides one-on-one consulting to help business owners understand their growth options, and loan packaging and access to small business loans from banks, nonprofit loan funds and private sources. Loans range from $5,000 – $250,000. A current business plan in required.

Contact: 415.348.6222 or

Target Client Profile

Applicants should be women and men who are either currently in business or plan to launch a business within three to six months.

Contact Information

Renaissance SOMA: April Gilbert
Phone: (415) 348-6207

Renaissance Bayview: Kismeth Harris
Phone: (415) 647-3728