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-square-foot co-working space for founders tackling issues such as education, climate change, access to healthcare 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 entrepreneurs 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 General, a 165,000-square-foot real estate development near Springdale Road and Airport Boulevard that will open later this year.
Springdale General describes the 10-acre site, which was designed by architect Michael Hsu, as a campus of affordable maker studios, creative office space, test kitchens, and workshops.
Tenants listed on the Springdale General website include Caffe Medici, Zhi Tea and Austin Parks Foundation, as well as local artisans and design firms.
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