@the Terner Center, UC Berkeley

Help solve the housing crisis

Join the nation’s first innovation lab exclusively focused on lowering the cost of housing


What we’re looking for


A focus on lowering costs

You have a construction innovation, a tool for increasing density, a financial product that will stabilize communities facing displacement, or something else entirely. Lowering the cost of housing for everyday people is why you exist.

Any company structure

Your organization may take any form, including LLC, B corp, C corp, or a nonprofit. As long as you are focused on building something you can scale to reach a large number of customers, we’re interested.


You have initial customer validation, either from an existing pilot or extensive market research; you’re looking to evolve your business model to be more effective. For venture-backed startups, this means seed through series A companies.

A racial equity lens

Housing has been used throughout U.S. history to enforce racial segregation and inequity. Solutions will need to address this reality and embrace a vision for a more equitable society.

All-in founders

You’re committed to your venture full-time, or would be able to commit full-time once in our program. We’re going to be giving you a lot of attention and we need you to be all-in.


What you’ll get


We will advise and directly invest in a small cohort of companies as you refine your business models, navigate the policy environment, and find the right investors to help you scale.


$100,000 - $150,000

in non-dilutive philanthropic capital

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4 customized in-person summits + virtual programming

From Oct ’19 - April ’20, you will convene with your cohort 4 times for 2-4 days for workshops and meetings with experts and funders. You’ll get ongoing virtual support in between

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Introductions to diverse capital providers

We’re building a network of philanthropic, venture capital, and alternative investors to help you find the additional capital you need


Industry expert advising

1x1 personalized advising with national leaders in real estate, government, finance, and innovation

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In-kind services that actually matter

Pro-bono legal support, discounted web hosting, and a suite of other services

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Access to UC Berkeley network and expertise

The Terner Center is a leading housing policy and research center at UC Berkeley. We will connect you with our world-class faculty, students, and alums ready to support your venture

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Closing event

A closing investor event with a diversity of funders eager to support housing innovation

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Come join a diverse cohort of five companies and accelerate your impact.

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