Meet our newest member: GW’s Innovation + Entrepreneurship Lab

Posted September 11, 2019 by Lily Strelich

We’re opening our doors to the future entrepreneurs at George Washington University!

As a collaborative coworking space, it’s part of our mission to bring people together to connect and create. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our new partnership with George Washington University’s Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. MakeOffices at 2000 Penn will be home to their new GW Innovation + Entrepreneurship Lab, an exciting launchpad for future startup leaders.

“The I+E Lab at MakeOffices will be an incredible resource for innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs,” GW Associate Vice President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Jim Chung said in an announcement. “We’re thrilled for this partnership because it will provide all GW students and faculty with a central, physical hub to explore innovative ideas, collaborate with other entrepreneurs and alumni, and grow and launch new ventures.”

Students will have a space to gather for office hours, workshops, events, and work sessions. Since our location at 2000 Penn is so convenient—smack dab in the middle of the GW campus, with student favorites like Chipotle and Captain Cookie on the first floor—program participants are in a prime position for their work.

Mariam Zara in the kitchen at MakeOffices at 2000 Penn

“What we aim is for students to feel welcome, utilize the space, and use it as their own workshop,” says Entrepreneurial Fellow Mariam Zara, sophomore at The George Washington University. She’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a dual concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Marketing—perfectly positioned to take advantage of the new partnership.

Students will have access to all of the MakeOffices’ amenities, including conference rooms for student groups and faculty office hours, open concept common areas perfect for solo work sessions, wellness and relaxation rooms for study breaks—and of course, unlimited coffee. The other members are an important resource, too, Zara explains. “[Students] will have an open space to collaborate and work with mentors and other members and see how their ideas can go further.”

Students at work in the I&E lab office.

The Lab will provide resources like one-on-one advising, office hours with experts, workshops, and events. “We also have our weekly fellow check-in at the office and have our office hours there,” says Mariam, “so it’s a great way to get familiar with the space and each other.” And if students are interested in the space or how to take advantage of their time there, GW advisers will be there to help advise and guide them.

“This is the first time doing this kind of thing,” says Mariam, “so it’s exciting to be working from somewhere I love.”

You can join the program participants for the partnership launch event on Thursday, September 12, from 5:30-7:30pm. Register for the event and come learn more about this exciting partnership!