The Bay Area Entrepreneurship Alliance makes business support resources more accessible to local, diverse entrepreneurs, follows entrepreneur progress overtime, and coordinates the rich ecosystem of business service providers, funders, and lenders in the Bay Area.
Interested in Membership? Here’s what you’ll want to know about joining.
What is the Bay Area Entrepreneurship (BAE) Alliance?
The BAE Alliance is brought to you by the ALLIANCE for Community Development. BAE Alliance members are entrepreneurs, business support providers, financial support providers, personal support providers, and environmental support providers who are committed to the following IDEALS: Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Access, Local leadership, and Sustainability.
Together, we work to increase access to opportunity and capital for economic growth to all entrepreneurs across the nine-county Bay Area.
Who May Join the Bay Area Entrepreneurship (BAE) Alliance?
Anyone who either identifies as an entrepreneur or an entrepreneurship support provider may join the BAE Alliance. Certainly, every one of the 263 entrepreneurship support providers in the Bay Area Entrepreneurship Ecosystem database is a potential member of the BAE Alliance:
And any entrepreneur who seeks the support of the Bay Area Entrepreneurship Ecosystem is a potential member of the BAE Alliance.
In framing membership, we must expressly state that it is the ALLIANCE’s belief that all stakeholders must be invited to the table if we are to increase access to opportunity and capital for all entrepreneurs. All ecosystem stakeholder groups have issues to address and strengths to bring to the table. It is important that we acknowledge how challenging entrepreneurship and economic development can be, and encourage expressions of vulnerability, this is how we build trust.
How To Join the BAE Alliance?
There are two steps to becoming a member of the BAE Alliance:
- First, the individual and/or entity must commit to the BAE Alliance’s IDEALS (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Access, Local leadership, and Sustainability). No one expects a BAE Alliance member’s behavior to be perfect on day one. However, members of the BAE Alliance will remind one another of these IDEALS, and hold one another accountable to this commitment.
- Second, to become a member, everyone must contribute something. We believe the more you gain financially from the healthy functioning of this ecosystem, the more you should contribute financially to sustaining its health.
2018 Charter Membership Fee Structure
(January 1, 2018 – January 1, 2019)
|BACC9 Ticket||2018 Charter Member Fee||BACC9 & Member Package||In-kind
|2018 Charter Membership
|Yes. (1) Commitment to offer mentorship to one entrepreneur member; or (2) Commitment to serve as BAE Alliance ambassador.||(1) Quarterly check-ins with BAE Navigators (2) Invitations to quarterly BAE Alliance mixers (3) Access to mentorship from fellow members.|
|Business Supporter||$50||$100||$120||Yes. (1) Agree to receive Navigator training and navigate entrepreneurs as needed, and (2) Advertise the BAE Navigator tool on your website and/or with entrepreneurs.||(1) Free BAE Navigator training, guidance through open-source database of over 260 entrepreneurship resources
(2) Quarterly feedback from BAE Alliance staff, based on anonymous feedback from entrepreneurs you support.
(3) Invitations to quarterly BAE Alliance mixers
(4) Your logo on our Navigator website, visited by a growing number of diverse Bay Area entrepreneurs
Questions? Thoughts? Please contact ALLIANCE for Community Development Executive Director Nayeli Maxson at Nayeli@alliancecd.org.
 Entrepreneurship Support Providers: organizations and people who provide resources to entrepreneurs, includes: Personal support (mentorship, networking, etc.); Business support (business service organizations, business service providers, technical assistance providers, accelerators, incubators, etc.); Financial support (crowdfunding resources, microfinance, CDFIs, banks, funders, venture capital, etc.); Environment support (co-working spaces, pop-up spaces, government entities, etc.). These labels are derived from an Aspen Institute study from 2013.
 Entrepreneur: includes aspiring entrepreneurs, those with side hustles, business owners, founders, and former business owners.