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BeeSpace

Founded in 2013, Beespace is an incubator that identifies and launches the next generation of nonprofits. At Beespace, we marry the strongest elements of tech incubators — especially their customer-first approach to designing and testing innovative products — with patience and a long-term view of social impact. This approach allows aspiring nonprofit founders to field-test their ideas during their two-year stay at Beespace before making the jump to organization-building. In that time, a supportive learning community develops, pushing our "incubees" to identify truly transformative solutions to social problems.

Overview

242 West 30th Street Suite 806
New York, NY 10001

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Our Program

Key ingredients get that alchemy right: trust and community, dynamic learning experiences, seed capital, and a suite of supports that align with organizations’ real needs as they evolve.

We also believe that the start-up experience leads to greater innovation when it's more structured. Sounds counterintuitive, we know, but our theory about innovation isn't one of wild, unfettered creativity.

To give our founders guardrails, we require all incubees to engage in 3 phases of hands-on programming while at Beespace:

  1. Creative and Emotional Intelligence development
  2. Prototyping and piloting
  3. Organizational sustainability

 

What we offer

Beespace offers a unique incubation experience of two full years, providing the security of time, seed money, and other supports that we believe encourage creative risk-taking and lead to lasting innovation.

While at Beespace, incubees can expect:

  • A rent-free co-working space in New York City’s Chelsea district, lessening the isolation and pressure so common to startups
  • The outsourcing of back-end operations, allowing founders to focus on innovation, not administration
  • The security of patient capital: seed grants, technical assistance, and access to interested donors and an Innovation Fund
  • A phased curriculum that includes experiential learning, field trips, formal skills-building workshops, peer-to-peer learning, and hands-on executive coaching