Co-work­ing space’s star­tups to seek so­cial change

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Lori Hawkins lhawkins@states­man.com Co-work­ing

Austin star­tups tack­ling big so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues will soon have a new place to work and col­lab­o­rate.

The Cen­ter for So­cial In­no­va­tion is launch­ing a 10,000-square­foot co-work­ing space for founders tack­ling is­sues such as ed­u­ca­tion, cli­mate change, ac­cess to health care and poverty.

“The world is experiencing an emer­gence of so­cial en­ter­prise spilling out of our univer­si­ties, non­prof­its and for-profit busi­nesses,” said Dan Gra­ham, a lo­cal tech en­tre­pre­neur and founder of phil­an­thropic ven­ture Not­ley. “As Austin be­comes the next so­cial in­no­va­tion cap­i­tal, this co-work­ing model is poised to pro­vide an im­por­tant miss­ing piece — a space for peo­ple in­cit­ing ac­tion around so­cial causes.”

The co-work­ing space will be in­side the Cen­ter for So­cial In­no­va­tion, a mixed-use cam­pus that Not­ley is build­ing in East Austin.

Not­ley is part­ner­ing with Cap­i­tal Fac­tory, the down­town Austin co-work­ing space and startup ac­cel­er­a­tor, to pro­vide fundrais­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams and a net­work of men­tors at the new space.

The co-work­ing space will in­clude pri­vate stu­dios, ded­i­cated desks, con­fer­ence spa­ces and lounge ar­eas, as well as 5,000 square feet of meet­ing space.

Mem­ber­ship ap­pli­ca­tions are cur­rently be­ing ac­cepted. Prices start at $325 a month for an unas­signed desk, con­fer­ence rooms, ac­cess to mem­ber pro­gram­ming and other ser­vices. The cost for a ded­i­cated desk is $450 a month.

Not­ley was founded in 2015 by Gra­ham, founder and for­mer CEO of BuildASign.com, and his wife, Lisa, to fund and sup­port busi­nesses, non­prof­its and pro­grams mak­ing pos­i­tive change in the world.

The Cen­ter for So­cial In­no­va­tion is be­ing built at Spring­dale

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