We’ve written about a number of initiatives led by the city of NY, and within this massive city lies more than just the borough of Manhattan. Brooklyn, famed for its lower prices, bigger spaces, hipsters and places to do brunch, has been rapidly fostering a tech community of its own.
And while Manhattan lays claim to tons of hot co-working spaces and incubators, Brooklyn surely has plenty to brag about. DUMBO Startup Lab (DUMBO = Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is one of these companies worth talking about, as it has grown so fast that it now must move into a 2,300 sq. ft. loft, increasing membership to a community hub for workspace, classes and events. The move is happening this weekend.
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Freddie Pikovsky, Chief Organizer of the DUMBO Startup Lab and co-founder/CEO of travel magazine, Off Track Planet, says he was inspired to launch the lab from his own workspace in Brooklyn last fall after taking part in the Startup Chile program, where he realized the value for entrepreneurs to be part of a community which helped support and accelerate success.
DUMBO Startup Lab’s original space
With the growth of the DUMBO Startup lab, Freddie says he plans to:
…create a synergetic and educational atmosphere by bringing in complimentary talent, projects, hosting classes and events that will help build Brooklyn’s identity within the innovation ecosystem
DUMBO Startup Lab’s brand new Brooklyn loft
Overall, the expansion means extra space for more startups in the Brooklyn community. It’ll continue to boost Brooklyn’s growth as a tech scene of its own, while perhaps luring over startups currently housed in the much pricier Manhattan.
If you’re in the area, the space offers startups memberships from $200 to $400 per month. Otherwise, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the companies that emerge from the lab and will share our favorites with you!
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