Congratulations to the Class of 2016 on your successful graduation! For more information regarding this year's entrepreneurs, click Bios, or read the Meet the Class of 2016 section, below.


Nate Williams

Nate Williams plans to apply the knowledge he learned while earning his Bachelor’s degree to starting a post-construction site cleanup service. Passionate about being involved in his community, Nate currently serves as a Peer Community Liaison at Westside Community Services and volunteers his time with the Anti-Recidivism Coalition.


Leyon Barner

Leyon Barner grew up in Oakland and is passionate about helping the young people in his community. His goal is to develop a social enterprise for youth in Oakland related to growing healthy,fresh food. Leyon holds an Associate’s degree from Lassen Community College and is currently a student at City…


Bang Khong

Bang Khong grew up in the Bay Area in a family that has been in real estate for over 30 years. Currently enrolled at San Francisco State University, Bang is interested in developing a technological solution that streamlines home-buying for interested buyers and brokers.


James “Hawk” Lowden

James “Hawk” Lowden is a proud member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and serves as a member of the San Francisco Reentry Council subcommittee and the San Francisco Adult Probation Leadership Academy. He plans to start a carpet and upholstery care business in San Francisco where he now resides, and…


Tony Orozco

Tony Orozco grew up in San Jose, where he still lives. With years of experience in cabinetry, carpentry, and textile programs, Tony plans to apply his skills and expertise to start his own handyman/home improvement business. His goal is to obtain his general contractor’s license and eventually grow his business…



January 25th, 2016

• Last night in our class devoted to social media and technology, our entrepreneurs created business email addresses and Yelp, Facebook and LinkedIn pages for their companies. ... See MoreSee Less

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January 17th, 2016

• Our entrepreneurs started class #2 by doing their 30-min elevator pitches and sharing the best piece of advice a parent or mentor had offered to them. "Change is possible", "Do the best you can with what you have", and "Don't postpone joy" were some of our answers. ... See MoreSee Less

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January 8th, 2016

• "What would you like to be known for" is what we asked our six new entrepreneurs, teachers, mentors, other volunteers and past graduates last night at our Class of 2016 Kick-off. The answers were inspiring, funny, heartwarming and revealing. ... See MoreSee Less

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