On Monday, Berkeleyside will bring together leading figures to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the city for startups.

Is Berkeley’s reputation as a business-hostile place merited? Are things changing for the better? How can one nurture innovation here?

Startup Berkeley, which takes place at the Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley, is an essential evening if you’re an entrepreneur, are thinking of launching a business, or are simply interested in discussing how to improve the business climate in Berkeley.

Startup Berkeley will feature the following panelists:

The Berkeleyside Local Business Forum 2012 is organized in partnership with Mechanics Bank, and is sponsored by GreenerPrinter and Autodesk. Updates on the Forum are posted regularly on the Startup Berkeley Forum Facebook page and on Twitter (#BerkForum).

When: Monday March 5th, 7:00- 9:00 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm (time before and after for networking).
WhereFreight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley. Refreshments, including beer and wine, available to purchase.
Buy tickets: $10 ($5 for students and seniors), available through Brown Paper Tickets on get them on the door.

Head of UC Berkeley’s Lester Center joings Startup Forum [02.17.12]
New arrival from Brooklyn joins Startup Berkeley panel [02.14.12]
Autodesk signs up for Startup Berkeley forum [02.13.12]
Berkeley for startups: Perfect spot or brain drain in action?  [02.09.12]
Berkeley Mayor’s Chief of Staff joins Startup Forum panel
Announcing: Berkeleyside Local Business Forum 2012: Startup Berkeley
Five steps to make Berkeley a high-tech Mecca [03.13.11]

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...