In our experience, co-working space provides the “community center” for entrepreneurial activity. In 2015, Entrepreneurship at Cornell, in partnership with Student Agencies Foundation, opened eHub with two locations. The 409 College Ave location immediately became a focal point for all sorts of entrepreneurship activity, particularly after typical class hours, and our Kennedy Hall location became a bustling center of shorter interactions throughout the day. Literally, eHub transformed our entrepreneurship program at Cornell and gave us almost immediate cohesiveness amongst our student entrepreneurs. It gave them and our staff a recognized home.
Rev: Ithaca Startup Works did the same for our broader Ithaca community. It became the go to place for entrepreneurs in our local community – some for everyday work and some for events. And critically, we have had many student teams who enjoyed eHub while they were students, decide to stay in Ithaca and “roll down the hill” to Rev!