Social Innovation in the City, The Hub LA

The Hub LA Attends LA Startup Weekend!

The Hub LA was in attendance at the second-ever Los Angeles edition of Startup Weekend, and the event was a rousing success. In case you haven’t yet heard about this tremendous organization, Startup Weekend hosts entrepreneurship events all over the world, including global cities like Paris, Tel Aviv, Venice (that’s Italy, you roguish West-sider you), Dublin, and of course, Los Angeles. This time the event was held at the CoLoft in Santa Monica, and we were delighted to see a sold out event of 100 would-be entrepreneurs mingling, pitching, and later discussing the potentials of some tremendously exciting new ventures.

The event started with a mingling session that included catching up with my good friend Francisco, founder of, the venerable James Hines of Hines Media Group, the founders of who were so gracious as to allow The Hub LA into their private beta, and a number of new acquaintances from across the spectrum of the business world.  Value-adding fun was in the air as connections were made on the fly and introductions led to new business partners, or at the very least new beer buddies.  I particularly enjoyed Arturo’s idea of geo-targeting content… I’ll say no more.  But think about it, eh?

More importantly, I invited my good friend and colleague Mishael Israel of Urban Social Entrepreneurs to the event in hopes of brokering some contacts and spreading the word about an organization dedicated to bringing the world of social enterprise to urban communities nationwide.  Call it the Ashoka of the urban environment.   Many connections were made, ideas were shared, and collaboration was in the air.

These experiences of collaboration, with entrepreneurs uniting to exchange ideas and build off of each others’ energy and insight, is one of the key value-adds of working at a shared workspace habitat like The Hub LA.  Interested in becoming a Founding Member? Shoot us an email at [email protected]om and we will be happy to get you all the information you need.


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