One thing is certain: We don’t live in the age of Lewis and Clark anymore. Limitless resources just don’t exist. Seven billion people now live on this planet, almost half of them in abject poverty. Climate change is happening. Unemployment, disease, hunger, and injustice are rampant throughout the globe.
At the same time, it has never been easier to start an organization or launch a project. Awareness of entrepreneurship is at an all time high. Even in a tight economy, access to funding has never been easier. The cost of building technology has never been cheaper. And the pace of innovation has never been faster.
For our civilization and planet to survive and thrive, entrepreneurship must mean more than simply creating products that drive profit. It must be about driving value for society and doing it in a way that is as sustainable as possible – either nonprofit or for-profit – that supports the ecosystem of our communities and economy, and that measures how ventures add to the common good with the same fervor by which we measure profit.
While for-profit companies risk a myopic focus on shareholder profitability to the detriment of the true reach and impact they could have, nonprofits companies risk relying too much on noble intentions and historic charity dollars that are quickly dwindling. Both business models have the opportunity to learn from each other in terms of tracking metrics, building value for customers, earning revenue, and increasing efficiency.
HUB Seattle resides at the intersection of these worlds. Our community helps entrepreneurs and businesses consider the social and environmental impact of their business practices, while also pushing philanthropists and nonprofits to become self-sustaining through collaboration and more efficient business models. Our philosophy is simple: Doing good is compatible with doing well.
How Does HUB Bring This Together?
The Community Melting Pot.
There’s something magical that happens when you bring a diverse group of smart people together: They learn from and inspire each other. HUB Seattle is an inviting place for social impact organizations, sustainable nonprofits, innovative startup companies, investors, students, visionaries, public servants, and experienced advisors to setup shop and make themselves at home. We bring all these people together under one roof to encourage serendipitous connections and cross-pollination of inspiration and ideas.
A Creative and Inspirational Workplace.
Our new building opened in October 2012! From our bike entrance that leads to basement storage and showers, to our on-site cafe with a grand staircase that leads from the 300 person events space on the ground floor to the desks, offices, and glass meeting rooms on the second floor. Upper floors include classrooms with state of the art technology and lunch decks with brilliant views of downtown Seattle. The building has over 30,000 sq. ft. of space to educate and incubate amazing nonprofits and companies. People don’t just come to work here, they build their dreams here.
World-Class Training and Mentorship.
HUB Seattle is a curated Membership Club, where many of the brightest minds and most successful investors, entrepreneurs, and change-makers in Seattle are part of the community. They keep desks here. They pass through for meetings. They donate and invest in HUB Members. They run workshops, hold mentor hours, and lecture on wide-ranging topics. They inspire, push, challenge, and educate here. This is a building that brings it all together under one roof.
Exciting and Educational Events.
You’ll find remarkable events at the HUB. Lectures, barcamps, launch weekends, pitch nights, flavor fests from local restaurants, HUB Happy Hours, game nights, founder dating events, demo days, film screenings, photography showings, and more. This is a place to get inspired. This is a community that will help you do something, learn something, share something, and change something for the better.
The Center for Impact and Innovation
HUB Seattle, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and Social Venture Partners have teamed up to launch a Center for Impact and Innovation in the heart of downtown Seattle. Housed in the historic Masin’s furniture building in Pioneer Square, this unique facility houses one of the largest concentrations of social entrepreneurs in the country. Together, we’re creating a space to educate inspiring leaders, fund their ideas, incubate their social ventures, and lead the revitalization of Pioneer Square as a center of impact and innovation.
HUB Seattle is a coworking and events space for inspiring people. With a focus on supporting entrepreneurs bent on changing the world for good, the HUB is both network and nexus—equal parts office, clubhouse, and café combined in a comfortable community for making connections while progressing toward individual goals. Join us and enjoy blazing connectivity, inspiring meeting/work spaces, and a full-time hosting staff on hand to help you find the resources, partners, investors, and education that your venture needs.
Bainbridge Graduate Institute
The Bainbridge Graduate Institute was the first school to offer an MBA in Sustainable business. Fast Company and Huffington Post rank BGI as one of the top five Sustainable business programs and first by Net Impact in ratings of socially responsible MBA programs. Founded in 2002, BGI offers evening and weekend MBA and Certificate programs that thoroughly integrate environmental and social responsibility into every subject of the traditional core business curriculum.
Social Venture Partners
Social Venture Partners builds powerful relationships among people and organizations that are out to make our world a better place. With a network of more than 2,300 engaged donors in 27 cities (www.svpseattle.org), they help individuals amplify their giving, fund and strengthen nonprofits, and foster collective action to tackle our biggest social challenges. SVP supports King County nonprofits focused on early childhood development, K-12 education, out-of-school time, and the environment.
Built in 1907, the Masin’s Furniture Building is an extensively renovated, family owned, 30,000 square foot pillar of the community. This new partnership with the Masin family ensures the building’s ongoing leadership in Pioneer Square.