ESO Ventures is an initiative to grow community wealth and rebuild East Oakland through entrepreneurship.

We are a collaborative of entrepreneurs with deep roots in Oakland and business incubation, who have come together to support the development of an entrepreneurial pipeline along the Eastmont Corridor.  This project has grown out of District 6 Council Member Loren Taylor and his partnership with California Community Colleges, specifically Merritt College and the Peralta Colleges Foundation, to create opportunities for the young people and residents of District 6 who want to start a business to have the resources they need to be successful.

Meet Martha Hernandez

Meet Ben Wanzo

Meet Councilman Taylor

Meet Pamela Ferran

The Team

Alfredo Mathew III
Ben Wanzo
Martha Hernandez
Tsehayu Bantidagne
Community Manager
Will Chapman
Marketing Director
Laura Rambo
Marketing Associate
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Program Advisors

Regional Director/Business & Entrepreneurship, BACCC
City Councilmember - District 6
Oakland City Council
Director and Professor, Mills College
Senior Policy Advisor
Office of the City Council
Dean of Allied Health & Public Safety
Merritt College
Quality Education Consultants, LLC
Dean of Business
Merritt College
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Get Your Business Funded

Calling all East Oakland Entrepreneurs:

We want to invest in YOU.

By helping you build a successful business, you can be a part of redeveloping MacArthur Boulevard, and giving your neighbors a place to shop locally.

Cohort Participants Get:

$500 Stipend

A laptop & one year of internet access

1:1 and group mentorship

Learn business fundamentals

Access to seed money for your business

***We will not use your ideas, disclose, or sell them to any third party source.***

Make a Donation

ESO Ventures is an initiative fiscally sponsored by the Peralta Colleges Foundation and managed by Working World LLC.  To make a tax deductible donation please make your gift to the Peralta Colleges Foundation and reference ESO Ventures in the note. 

Please send me updates and more information about ESO Ventures