It’s the golden age of the coworking space, and there are umpteem options to chose from in major cities across the country. The philosophy behind most of these places is that synergy emerges from having multiple startups and other small entrepreneurial ventures concentrated in a incubator. This environment sets the stage for a supportive community of entrepreneurs that together help each other launch successful ventures.
Synergy: 1+1= 3
This was the guiding philosophy that helped make the Made in NY Media Center by IFP a reality. Launched in 2013, the space is a public-private partnership that helps media and tech entrepreneurs, innovators and artists chase their dreams.
“We started this space in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and IFP because we wanted to create an accessible space where people could come and work on projects, work on ideas, and create companies here,” said Annie Malarkey, Senior Programs Producer at Made in NY Media Center by IFP. “As a member here, you get connected to resources that you need.”
The Independent Filmmaker Project, or IFP, exists to empower a new generation of storytellers by helping connect them with the resources that they need to succeed. They’ve been around since 1979, and they’re the “largest and oldest not-for-profit dedicated to independent film.”
Big space for big ideas
Made in NY Media Center is a coworking space that spills over 20,000 square feet. Located in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, it aims to be as accessible to the public as possible. “We’re a coworking incubator space dedicated to early stage media and tech entrepreneurs and start-up projects,” said Michelle Carollo, Community Engagement Manager at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. “If you’re recently graduated, and you’ve had this dream project or a side hustle and you’re in the media tech business, we’re here to actually help you get a jumpstart.”
In order to make these resources available to emergent entrepreneurs, memberships start as low as $199 a month, and gives people access to resources, mentors, and a physical space where they can launch their careers in media and tech.
Media has an outsized influence on our culture, and no industry is as risky as it is influential. Our democracy depends on storytelling, and empowering a new generation of entrepreneurs in this space is critical to the future of the press and the arts.
Contrary to what many believe, people are starting business at a lower rate than they did in the past. Startup culture has become mainstream, but the statistics suggest that fewer people than ever try their luck at entrepreneurship. This is why we need places like the Made in NY Media Center by IFP: incubators for startups are a necessary resource for promoting American entrepreneurship in an industry that’s facing digital disruption.
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