As co-founder of Ignition Alley, a popular in-town co-working space, Tim Dorr has seen first-hand the benefits of a collaborative working environment. So when ATDC staff began brainstorming ways to provide more office space for member
startups, Dorr suggested providing young entrepreneurs with the opportunity to join an all-day collaborative work session.
Now a reality, the newly created Cowork@ATDC initiative will kick off on Sept. 23. Participants will be able to network, compare stories and collaborate on solutions with other fledgling entrepreneurs, as well as receive advice and feedback from ATDC mentors. The idea, Dorr said, is to provide a synergistic working environment where the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship can be shared.
“The exchange of knowledge and general networking are really the main benefits of coworking,” said Dorr, an Entrepreneur in Residence for ATDC. “If I have a problem with something, I might spend hours researching possible answers and trying each one before finding the solution. But with coworking, I might wind up interacting with someone who has already experienced the same or similar struggles and who might have expertise and insight to offer.”
The inaugural session will be held in the Community Room from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 23. Dorr hopes Cowork@ATDC will eventually become a weekly recurrence. But until staff can determine the demand, it will likely take place once a month or every two or three weeks.
To register for the event, click here.