Nasdaq Center In SF Offers Free Classes For Entrepreneurs

By Carolyn Said
San Francisco Chronicle

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) San Francisco’s new Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is ready and waiting to help launch that next great idea.  For women who are focused on female business ownership, this is a place you need to know about. The center offers all kinds of entrepreneurs,  free classes, mentorship, media coaching, meeting space and other support… And it’s not just for techies…whether your launching a taco truck or the next Google you’re welcome. The best part…it’s all FREE!

San Francisco Chronicle

When most people hear Nasdaq, they think “hot tech companies.” So it’s natural to think that San Francisco’s new Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, which sprawls over 13,000 square feet in a prime SoMa location, would cater exclusively to up-and-coming tech startups.

In fact, all kind of entrepreneurs, whether they’re launching a taco truck or the next Google, can plug into the center for free classes, mentorship, media coaching, meeting space and other support. The nonprofit center, located near the future Transbay Transit Center, is backed by $10 million from the Nasdaq Educational Foundation, the stock exchange’s 22-year-old philanthropy arm. Other corporate sponsors include Wilson Sonsini, KPMG and Thomson Reuters.

“Our mission is to educate and support entrepreneurs of all backgrounds and industries,” said executive director Nicola Corzine. “We do it all pro bono. There’s no charge for classes or resources.”

Instead of paying money, entrepreneurs are encouraged to “pay it forward” by committing to share what they learn with at least five others.

Outside 505 Howard St., a Times-Square-style electronic ticker scrolls promotions for events and logos of corporate sponsors. Inside, the expansive ground-floor space is divided into various functional areas: a state-of-the-art broadcast studio where budding Jack Dorseys or Marissa Mayers can learn how to handle on-camera interviews; classrooms that can accommodate dozens of people for hands-on trainings; a cafe and meeting space for collaborations; and a big lobby that serves double duty as space for pop-up shops to test products and ideas.

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