Notley Center for Social Innovation Partners with Capital Factory to Launch Coworking for Social Change

Something new is brewing in East Austin.

It’s the Notley’s Center for Social Innovation, a campus for nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies with a socially innovative focus. And recently the center partnered with Capital Factory, a tech coworking and accelerator site, to launch the new social entrepreneurship and nonprofit coworking community at Springdale General in East Austin.

The community aims to work with entrepreneurs and organizations tackling society’s biggest challenges. It will be a hub of educational resources, mentors, capital and other resources to drive change in issues ranging from education to environment to healthcare and poverty.

“The world is experiencing an emergence of social enterprise spilling out of our universities, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses,” Dan Graham, Cofounder of Notley, said in a news release. “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.”

“Notley’s portfolio of successful social impact initiatives makes them an obvious partner for us and our social ventures who will be moving into the coworking space later this year,” Joshua Baer, Founder and Executive Director of Capital Factory, said in a news release. “By leveraging the Capital Factory network, coworking at CSI is much more than just a place to work – it connects social impact entrepreneurs to their first employees, mentors, customers, and investors. Austin is now one of the most exciting and connected places for social innovation in the world.”

Notely’s Center for Social Innovation will have 10,000 square feet of co-working space including private studios, dedicated desks, conference rooms and lounge areas and another 5,048 square feet of meeting space.

The center is expected to open this summer and is currently accepting coworking membership applications. Its current members include Black Fret, Half Helen Foundation, MU/DAI, and The David Weekley Family Foundation.

Graham, founder of BuildASign.com, founded Notley Ventures in 2015 with his wife, Lisa. Notley partners with seed and early-stage social impact companies and nonprofit organizations ready to scale.

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