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Oct. 27, 2017 10:41 am

Who’s sliding into Venturef0rth’s old space?

With a Philly staff of 45, IT services nonprofit Tech Impact found room to grow in its own building.

Venturef0rth, one of Philly's first coworking spaces, closed its doors on Sept. 30.

(Photo by Roberto Torres)

Tech Impact, an IT services nonprofit that serves other nonprofits, is moving its operations across the hall in the 417 N. 8th St. building and into the the 10,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by neighbor Venturef0rth, which closed down at the end of last month after five years.

On Monday morning, the nonprofit’s 45 Philly staffers will officially move from their 5,000 square feet of space on the second floor and into the old coworking space’s spot. Tech Impact, which has a staff of 65, also has offices in D.C., Delaware and Las Vegas.

“We had been looking for more space,” said executive director Patrick Callihan, who knew of Venturef0rth and even once worked with Livegenic, a company formerly based out of the coworking space which has since migrated over to Benjamin’s Desk’s 601 Walnut spot.

Callihan said the space was in great shape and needed “just a fresh coat of paint” to move in. He also thanked former Venturef0rth owner Gary Smith, who donated about a dozen desks and chairs to the nonprofit.

Tech Impact, which offers other nonprofits IT services support, works with orgs like Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House and MANNA. Callihan’s camp also does workforce development, and is launching a program next week aimed at developing career pathways for technologists

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“We’re seeing a lot of demand for our services and we’re starting to branch into more advanced areas like data leveraging and visualization, as well as security platforms,” he said.

Last summer, Tech Impact merged with with D.C.-based nonprofit 501cTECH, another organizations spawned from NPower, a national web of IT services founded by Microsoft.

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Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

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