The Virginia-based coworking community and small-business accelerator Eastern Foundry is nearly ready to unveil their brand-new campus at Monday Properties' 1100 Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn. On the evening of February 2, all are welcome to tour the space, designed by D.C. architectural firm Wingate Hughes, and learn about the benefits of membership. Those who take a tour and lease a space by the end of the month will receive a month's rent free. There will also be music, exhibits and photos booths, plus drinks and delicious fare from a favorite local restaurant.
Communications Director Dan Bowman emphasizes that Eastern Foundry is more of a community than a coworking space. It serves as a hub where small businesses and emerging technology companies interested in working with the federal government can come together to learn, share information and make connections that will help them succeed.
"It's all about relationship-building. Each new member makes us stronger," Bowman says.
Eastern Foundry's first campus is located in Crystal City. They hosted 45 events in 2016, such as small-business meet-ups, networking happy hours and workshops that helped attendees hone their presentation skills for meetings with federal government representatives. Although their Rosslyn campus has been under construction since September, they have still hosted a few notable events here in the past few months, including a panel discussion on the use of virtual reality in government that featured government leaders seeking companies with expertise in this area. Another Rosslyn event focused on a discussion of smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The chance to be part of a smart, motivated community with access to modern workspaces and tools for government contracting success has attracted more than 300 members to Eastern Foundry in its just over two years of existence. Although the Rosslyn campus already has several new members waiting to move in, there is still availability for more to join. The Rosslyn location features 43 private offices, many with large windows; three conference rooms; four breakout spaces; a large training room; a large kitchen stocked with free snacks, sodas and coffee; and a spacious community room equipped with a TransitScreen console and designed for collaboration.
Eastern Foundry chose Rosslyn for their second location due in part to the neighborhood’s prime location, which offers convenient access to Metro, Reagan National Airport and federal government agencies.
"Rosslyn has a long history of attracting companies that are focused on the business of government,” says Rosslyn BID President Mary-Claire Burick. “The opening of Eastern Foundry in Rosslyn will continue this tradition, bringing creative startups and technology innovators to the front door of federal agencies.”
In the days leading up to the February 2 Grand Opening event, Eastern Foundry will also host several other smaller events for members and guests, including a January 31 "Taste of Rosslyn" event and a February 1 Facebook Live Coworking Panel hosted by Gavin Bowie, founding co-principle of Wingate Hughes Architects.
To learn more about Eastern Foundry, visit their website.
To register to attend the Grand Opening, visit their event page.