GW students who have fledgling businesses or dream of becoming entrepreneurs can receive up to two years of rent-free, shared, office space in Washington, D.C. There they will have the opportunity to network with other business founders and take advantage of conference space, high-speed Internet, mailing services and more.
District I/O, a business incubator for entrepreneurs and startups co-founded in August by Anthony Shop, MBA, ’11, will make five free memberships available to GW students.
Shop, a past GW Business Plan Competition winner who is director of client services at Social Driver, a digital strategy and development firm, co-founded District I/O with Eileen Kessler, president of OmniStudio, a design and marketing firm.
The free space is available to GW students in good standing with business ideas or nascent businesses in their first two years or until they obtain funding. Venture capital-backed businesses are not eligible.
Otherwise, monthly membership costs at District I/O range from $99 for a virtual membership, to $499 for prime office space.
“The D.C. area is just becoming a more vibrant area for startups,” said Jim Chung, director of the GW Office of Entrepreneurship. He said the space would strengthen connections between student entrepreneurs and the D.C. startup community.
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Posted by gwsb on December 6, 2011 | Filed under: GWSB News.