When WeWork opened its first Philly location back in June, company reps said they were all ready to connect with the Philly tech scene.
Well, in a bid to expand opportunities for startups, today the coworking giant announced the launch of the Philly iteration of Mission Possible, a program for entrepreneurial support that will offer free office space, access to one-on-one counsel and other benefits with collaboration from the city’s Department of Commerce.
Already available in Miami, Denver and Los Angeles, the program was born of a initiative launched this summer at their Brooklyn Heights location, which was cheesily named “Take Your Business to New Heights.”
Applicants for a spot in the program will have access to:
- Three to 12 months of sponsored space at WeWork Northern Liberties or Market Street
- One-on-one support from the Philadelphia Department of Commerce
- Office hours with City of Philadelphia Director of Entrepreneurial Investment Archna Sahay
- Access to WeWork’s global community
- A spot in pitch competitions and other events
- Mentorship and counseling from entrepreneurs
- Reduced rates on healthcare, payment processing, accounting/legal advice and other professional services
No word yet from the coworking giant on how many spots will be open for Mission Possible. Mitch Robinson, the associate community manager at WeWork Market Street, said the program will operate on a rolling basis.
“We’re not necessarily worried about numbers,” Robinson said. “It’s more about connecting with the community.”
There’s no money changing hands for the program. In exchange for the free goodies, WeWork asks that participants donate five hours of work per person to a nonprofit of their choice for each month that they are part of the program.
“WeWork is a valued member of Philadelphia’s diverse and growing business community,” said Commerce Director Harold Epps, who just last week was busy paying a visit to a Center City tech firm. “We are excited to support them as they introduce the Mission Possible program, creating new opportunities for our entrepreneurs.”
Selected entrepreneurs and companies could be joining WeWork as early as the end of the month.