Our Mission & Story

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Renaissance Staff at the Annual Small Business Big Impact Gala

The Power of Entrepreneurship

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center transforms lives and communities through entrepreneurship. Our mission is to empower and increase the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse individuals and thereby strengthen our communities through the creation of sustainable new businesses, new jobs, and financial self-sufficiency.

We Believe In Opportunity

For more than 35 years, we’ve been helping people facing systemic barriers to economic mobility achieve financial self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship. We measure our success by the thousands of thriving small businesses we’ve helped launch and grow throughout the Bay Area.

Renaissance engages motivated entrepreneurs wherever their skills and aspirations meet. Many come from communities that lack small business investment, educational resources, and entrepreneurial histories, and face discrimination by race, gender, sexual orientation, economic class, or past incarceration.

We provide the experienced counsel of small business professionals, with comprehensive services from inception to planning, access to capital and resources, and the ongoing assistance required to start and grow a business.

Renaissance is a network that never stops supporting the aspirations and goals of our clients.

We are locally focused, community-driven, and highly personalized. Renaissance has a long history of working in each distinct community we serve, and a compassionate understanding of the needs, skills, challenges, and dreams each individual brings to the table. Our work changes lives by helping people take ownership of their futures.

Our Guiding Values

Entrepreneurship

We believe in the transformational power of entrepreneurship, including innovation, risk-taking, learning through experience, and fostering a mindset of growth.

Equity

We aspire to a world where each person reaches their potential from their own unique history and situation, having received the support they need.

Optimism

We start with the conviction that we can make a positive change. We believe in our ability to transform communities through economic empowerment and by removing institutionalized barriers to opportunity.

Individualism

We believe in the power of the individual and the ability to create change through true inclusion. Renaissance celebrates, enjoys, and honors each other, our uniqueness, our differences, and our contributions

Sustainability

We aspire to lead long-term positive change in our communities, investing in our organization and supporting client businesses to become part of our economic fabric.

Integrity

We earn the trust of others by fulfilling our obligations. We are committed to excellence in our individual and organizational performance and in the services we deliver.