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What have we been up to at The Center for Social Innovation at Springdale General?
We're proud to announce that Notley’s Center for Social Innovation and Capital Factory are partnering to launch a new coworking space for social change.
The Center for Social Innovation (CSI), an integrated campus for socially innovative nonprofits and purpose-for-profit enterprises operated by Notley, today debuted a social entrepreneurship and nonprofit coworking community at Springdale General in East Austin that serves individuals and startup organizations committed to driving impactful outcomes. To launch the new coworking space, Notley is announcing a partnership with Capital Factory, the center of gravity for entrepreneurship, to bring together capital resources, educational programs, and an international network of mentors to help tackle some of society’s biggest challenges.
Today thousands of social entrepreneurs and nonprofits are seeking ways to address important causes, from education and climate change to access to healthcare and poverty. The Center for Social Innovation’s new coworking space will provide a collaborative environment where business leaders and founders can access capital and human resources while also integrating their approaches with nonprofit organizations to better understand how their solutions can be most effective.
“The world is experiencing an emergence of social enterprise spilling out of our universities, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses,” said Dan Graham, Cofounder of Notley. “As Austin becomes the next social innovation capital, this coworking model is poised to provide an important missing piece – a space for people inciting action around social causes to connect with nonprofits, educational systems and entrepreneurial programs while coming together to drive scalable and sustainable purpose-driven ventures.”
Read more in our press announcement today!
When The Center for Social Innovation was asked to participate in the inaugural RAD Office Tour we jumped at the chance! RAD Office Tour was founded in 2015 with Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas and the Culturati Summit. The mission: educate Austin's business community around culture building strategies rooted in workplace design.
The Center for Social Innovation led a panel at PeopleFund’s Innovation Week to talk about what social innovation looks like and how we can foster collaboration. We invited Chelsea Elliott, Executive Director of Half Helen Foundation, Andy Brown from The Brown Firm, and Matt McDonnell, Managing Partner at Notley, facilitated the conversation.
On the one hand, the deal we would strike was straightforward; we would invest in the whole Springdale General project and we would take the master lease on 60,000sf in which to create the Center for Social Innovation. But there was a major issue that we needed to address to serve non-profit tenants well.