Impact Hub Making Waves in SLC: New Entrepreneurial Powerhouse Opens Downtown

On March 24th, Salt Lake City will officially be the home of the first Impact Hub in Utah. This collaborative workspace, innovation lab and event venue provides a forum to unite for-profit and non-profit organizations to create innovative and technological solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. A rich community is already building within the new Impact Hub, from political engagement and clean air activists to health and nutrition specialists who have signed on as members. Søren Simonsen, a former Salt Lake City Council Member and the Co-founder & President of Impact Hub Salt Lake explains Impact Hub as “an incredible business resource in Salt Lake City, connecting the  brightest minds among business leaders, both locally and globally, to create resilient communities and a more sustainable world. This is a true 21st century workplace.”

Dustin Haggett, Co-Founder and CEO of Impact Hub Salt Lake, first experienced San Francisco’s Impact Hub during graduate school. He reflected, “I didn’t know such a community existed and I was impressed by the energy of the people and the variety of projects and ventures incubating there. Start-up life can be difficult and there is something intriguing about sharing a space with other like-minded entrepreneurs who have an interest in your success.  When I realized that Impact Hub is part of a global community I knew we had to open a space here in Utah.”

The Impact Hub in Salt Lake City not only provides training opportunities and mentorship through business clinics and events, but also connects members to the global association of Impact Hubs, which has grown to 50 Hubs with over 8,000 members around the world. The first Impact Hub was founded in London in 2005 and the movement continues to expand around the world, to locations such as Amsterdam, Johannesburg, Singapore and Mexico City.

Impact Hub Salt Lake’s main facility will be housed in a renovated building, constructed in the 1800’s, at 150 South State Street. Renovations are underway to transform the 13,000 ft2 of space into open co-working spaces, 12+ private offices, 4 conference rooms, a communal kitchen, and lounge areas for members to enjoy. Phase 2 (late 2014 to early 2015) will put the finishing touches on the second floor, adding several more offices and an additional 2,000 ft2 of additional co-working space, all with original brick walls and hardwood flooring.

During construction of the main facility, a Pop Up Hub will open for members on March 24th, located at 44 Exchange Place in downtown Salt Lake City. This early-access prototype provides the full Impact Hub Salt Lake experience, providing members the opportunity to use the facility for full-time workspace, to meet with clients in the conference room or to moonlight on entrepreneurial projects. The space is fully-furnished with Herman Miller desks, chairs, couches, and tables and will be open from 8am to 10 pm Monday through Friday. An added bonus for members is the discounted rate (reduced by 20%) during the Pop Up Hub phase. A members-only event on March 27th will celebrate the opening with live music and locally sourced food and drink.

Aside from providing affordable workspace rental, Impact Hub Salt Lake will host a variety of business clinics and venture support sessions for entrepreneurial skill-building, and also provide bookable event spaces for members. “Everything we do at Impact Hub is built around providing resources that these entrepreneurs need” Haggett explained, “whether it’s the network that we’re trying to build of talented freelancers who can support entrepreneurs, or education and workshops that we’re curating.”

Ultimately, the services provided by the Impact Hub create an environment for the principles of courage, trust and collaboration to support a movement towards purposeful work. Simonsen reflected, “There are so many people with the spark of a great idea that has the potential to become a force for good. Impact Hub will help ignite these sparks. Most people I meet don’t want to just work in a job—they want to work for a purpose.” Haggett added that, “I think graduates come out of school now and have trouble finding meaningful work. The Impact Hub provides a safe launching pad for these folks and others by providing all of the resources and connections they need to be successful.”

Learn more about how impact makers from around the world are coming together on a global scale to share stories, aspirations, and accomplishments that celebrate our collective impact. Visit http://saltlake.impacthub.net/ to learn more about Impact Hub Salt Lake.