Richmond certainly plays host to open-plan offices, where up-and-coming businesses find their footing together — the Corrugated Box Building and “1E” at the Times-Dispatch’s downtown location are star examples. Yet, true co-working spaces are highly fluid and less focused on building small businesses. Individual freelancers work side by side with fledgling startups that still need investor cash. Memberships, instead of leases, are the most binding feature.
Think your latest business idea can keep up? Here’s a trio of essential co-working spaces in Richmond that will get your startup in motion.
1657 W. Broad St. // 804RVA.com
If you’re looking for the leading edge, then head to 804RVA, a melting pot for some of the savviest tech entrepreneurs in town. There’s an emphasis on community, too, underscored by weekly workshops and startup showcases. Prospective members may be enticed by the space’s sprawling layout, which includes rooftop Wi-Fi.
2930 W. Broad St.; 501 E. Franklin St., Suite 112 // gangplankhq.com
Gangplank distinguishes itself with two Richmond locations and satellites out of state. It also strictly follows “sharing economy” principles. There are no membership fees. Instead, funding is generated through grants. The organization’s partners prefer to create social capital, such as an innovative urban culture.
409 E. Main St. // gatherrva.com
Gather, Richmond’s newest co-working space, was opened by five local entrepreneurs in April 2014. Current members are an eclectic mix of entrepreneurs, from property managers to food co-op founders. Professionals who prefer modernist design and bright colors won’t be disappointed here — plus, there’s a workout facility and a full kitchen.