Back in 2014, our original founders were sat in Launch22’s original home: a converted car garage in the backstreets of Shoreditch, with the vision to create a community of entrepreneurs and creatives that supported individuals from all walks of life on their journey to start a business.
Fast forward 5 years and a lot has happened since then…
We’ve moved to a bigger and better location, a converted Baptist church in Kings Cross, which is currently home to 45 amazing startups
We’ve been taken on by an amazing partner charity by the name of Catch22, who have helped us develop our social impact and grow as an organisation
We’ve launched unique programmes for many groups who face significant barriers to entrepreneurship, including ex-offenders and refugees
We’re proud of what we’ve achieved to date (you can read more in our 2018 review) but now we have some even bigger news that we are excited to share with you. Drumroll, please…
Over the past few months, the team has been hard at work submitting a compelling and innovative application to a housing association, Poplar HARCA, to set up a Launch22 in one of their properties in Poplar, Tower Hamlets. Our application resonated with them, and for the past month, we have been preparing to launch (get it?) East London’s very own Launch22!
This is a special one for us. 2018 was a real challenge as we adapted to a new home and took on new programmes and projects. This just goes to show that all the hard work does pay off and we couldn’t be happier to take on this new challenge in 2019 with the fantastic team at Poplar HARCA.
Whether you’ve heard of Poplar or not, the area has a rich history, from rebellions in the 1920s to being home to Britain’s first purpose-built pedestrian shopping area: Chrisp Street Market. In 2018, Poplar HARCA secured planning permission for an ambitious regeneration project to build 649 new homes and double commercial space within 8 years (One of those spaces being our new home of course!). To find out more about Poplar HARCA’s plans, visit their official site here.
Our new location in Poplar will be the largest Launch22 yet. Close to 3000sqft with desk space for 47+ individuals, breakout areas, meeting rooms and an events space. Keep your eyes peeled for:
· the re-launch of our Launch22 Incubator programme;
· a packed events schedule;
· mentoring from business pioneers in the startup scene.
We’ll be opening our new home on May 13th. Now we’ve set the date, consider this your formal invitation! That’s all for now, so stay tuned for updates.
T-minus 48 days and counting to launch… Watch this space (literally)!
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