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New Orleans is bustling with creative, entrepreneurial energy. Co-working spaces have popped up all over the city, offering a place for like-minded peeps to collaborate. If you’re an entrepreneur, or an aspiring one, coworking spaces can be a good way to get plugged into the startup community. Whether you’re a solo founder launching a business, a writer working on your next masterpiece, or a maker looking for a creative space to build, we’ve got a round up of five coworking spaces where you can thrive. Go ahead, get your hustle on.
The Louisiana Endownment for the Humanities in the Central Business District offers coworking spaces for cultural innovators. It’s just a few blocks off from the new South Market District, Rouses, and the Julia Street art district. Perks of the space includes discounts on using the Louisiana Humanities Education Center and Board Room. This place is perfect for writers and creatives who need a quiet space to create. Take a walk, see some art, and get inspired! We might just hide away to do some writing there ourselves 😉
Located in the IP building in the Central Business District, Launch Pad is the ideal mix of a collaborative and productive environment. It features open spaces with several shared desks, and plenty of open lighting. It’s home to several startups and smaller companies with just a few employees. The perks? It’s adjacent to Capedeville, a favorite watering hole among local entrepreneurs. So you can grind it out, mingle with other like-minds, and grab some drinks afterwards. Who knows what brilliant ideas you’ll conjure over a few cold ones.
Located in Faubourg St. John, in a renovated warehouse inside the Trumpet offices, Icehouse houses designers, media artists, entertainment companies, startups, and social innovators. It was originally constructed in the 1920s as an actual icehouse, and features super high ceilings with large skylights, that fill the space with natural light. Ahh! Dreamy! The beauty of this baby is that you’re in walking distance of Jazz Fest, Parkway Bakery, and Liuzza’s. Do some work, get yourself a po’boy, and then stroll on down to the fair grounds during festival season. Now that’s a sweet deal!
If you’re an entrepreneur looking for a startup community to share ideas with, discuss pivots and raising capital, then Propeller could be an ideal place for you. Propeller hosts a bright, open and busy space for founders. It’s always buzzing with people, as Propeller is home to accelerator programs for social entrepreneurship including an annual water challenge. If you’re looking for a place to collaborate and share ideas, this is it. And an added bonus that we love, free yoga classes in their coworking space on Wednesday nights! So you can get your hustle on, and find your zen.
Located in the sleek and smartly designed Maritime Building in the heart of the Central Business District, Beta was one of the first co-working spaces to pop up on the startup scene in New Orleans. The sleek space offers co-workers a beautifully designed environment to work in. Just below Beta is one of our favorite coffee shops, Merchant Café, that offers cappuccinos so good they’ll leave you feigning for another one in the high afternoon. You don’t have to go far to get your fix for the day. Grab some coffee, and check out the sweet sunnies at the Krewe du Optic showcase on your way out.