Open For Business Program

The Open For Business Program offers Bay Area BIPOC makers and entrepreneurs the opportunity to scale their business, develop industrial art skills, and build relationships within the local maker and manufacturing communities.

This pilot partnership program is made possible by a $275,000 grant from Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund.

Open For Business Applications Are Now Closed

Fall Cohort Dates: August 15-November 15, 2022
Fall Cohort Application Deadline:
Monday, August 1, 2022

You could be a good fit if: 

  • You live in San Francisco, Oakland, or surrounding areas in Alameda County
  • You identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color
  • You are an entrepreneur who has an interest in either launching a business selling physical artisanal products or extending your brand offering

Through the program, The Crucible offers free:

  • Industrial art skill building with support from Crucible faculty mentors
  • Dedicated studio space at The Crucible
  • Access to tools and materials to be used during and following the program
  • Access to The Crucible’s CREATE program

Please check back for information about future application opportunities.

Ready to apply?

Complete the interest form below

Questions? Contact Us

Program Manager David Banks
(510) 444-0919 x111