Fishers, Ind. (July 22, 2014) – Seventeen co-working venues and innovation centers throughout Indiana have recently joined forces to create the IndianaCoWorking Passport, an agreement to grant access to members as they travel throughout Indiana.
With the introduction of the Indiana CoWorking Passport, entrepreneurs who live and work in one part of the state -- and are members of their local co-working organization -- will be able to work at another co-working site or innovation hub in another part of the state.
The Indiana CoWorking Passport includes not only traditional co-working venues like Launch Fishers and MatchBOX in Lafayette, but also extends to innovation centers like Purdue’s Research Parks and Indianapolis-based DeveloperTown. The co-working network recognizes the value of connecting entrepreneurs throughout Indiana. This vital connectivity supports and builds the entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the state.
“This all started with a single member of Launch Fishers asking ‘what if….’ and we ran with the idea. Now we have a collection of 17 sites throughout the state who have come together to add to our robust and growing ecosystem for startups” said Indiana CoWorking Passport Co-Founder, John Wechsler.
The Indiana CoWorking Passport network currently includes 17 locations. Participating sites (and cities) are:
Launch Fishers (Fishers)
The Hinge Bureau (Indianapolis)
The Innovation Station (Evansville)
Launch Terre Haute (Terre Haute)
The Innovation Connector (Muncie)
The Anvil (West Lafayette)
The Foundry (West Lafayette)
Purdue Technology Centers (West Lafayette, Merrillville, Indianapolis, New Albany)
Co-Work Btown (Bloomington)
The Outpost (Columbia City)
The Speak Easy (Indianapolis)
“The Indiana CoWorking Passport demonstrates the strong spirit of cooperation and innovation that exists among this important part of the state’s startup landscape,” said Wechsler.
Each location in the network agrees to grant access to members of other co-working locations just as their members are granted access to other sites in the network. This is a way for Hoosier entrepreneurs who are members of a co-working site to stay productive while traveling to other parts of the state.
Indiana CoWorking Passport Co-Founder Jason Tennenhouse likens the initiative to launching a startup company. “We understand firsthand, as entrepreneurs, the value of collaboration when launching a startup and want to leverage that among coworking spaces themselves across the entire state” Tennenhouse continues, “Think of Indiana as someday becoming one giant interconnected launch pad, where everyone's helping and cheering each other along.”
Members of participating coworking sites who wish to visit another participating site simply register at www.IndianaCoWorkingPassport.com.