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Salt Lake City — Salt Lake City will be the home of Utah's first Impact Hub, a collaborative workspace, lab and event venue that provides a forum to unite for-profit and non-profit organizations seeking solutions to the world’s problems.
The Impact Hub in Salt Lake City will provide training opportunities and mentorship through business clinics and events and connect members to the global association of Impact Hubs, which has 50 hubs and more than 8,000 members around the world. The first Impact Hub was founded in London in 2005 and includes locations in Amsterdam, Johannesburg, Singapore and Mexico City.
Impact Hub Salt Lake’s main facility will be housed in a renovated building, constructed in the 19th Century, at 150 South State St. Renovations are underway to transform the 13,000 square feet of space into open co-working spaces, 12 private offices, four conference rooms, a communal kitchen and lounge areas. Phase 2 is expected to be constructed from late 2014 to early 2015 and will add several more offices and an additional 2,000 square feet of co-working space, all with original brick walls and hardwood flooring.
Søren Simonsen, a former Salt Lake City Council Member and the co-founder and president of Impact Hub Salt Lake says Impact Hub is “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.”
Dustin Haggett, co-founder and CEO of Impact Hub Salt Lake, first experienced San Francisco’s Impact Hub during graduate school. “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," Haggett said. "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."
During construction of the main facility, a Pop Up Hub will open for members March 24 at 44 Exchange Place in Downtown Salt Lake City. The facility will include all the features of the completed Impact Hub including a full-time workspace. The space is fully-furnished with Herman Miller desks, chairs, couches, and tables and will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Impact Hub Salt Lake will host business clinics and venture support sessions for entrepreneurial skill-building, and also provide bookable event spaces for members. Several organizations have already signed on with Impact Hub, including some focused on political engagement, clean air activists, health and nutrition.