Imagine a place where women of color can come together to collaborate, build their own professional brands and businesses, charter and paths for success.
Think it exists?
Nicole Derosiers is the Co-Founder of The WerkSpace
Nneka Nwosu Faison is the co-founder of The WerkSpace
Who is Changing the Face of Entrepreneurship?
Women are some of the most ambitious small business owners in America. They are behind skincare businesses, haircare business, health, wellness, event planning, consulting, media, tech. Within the last ten years, 3.5 million businesses were started by women; 80% of those were started by women of color.
The Funding Gap is Wide and is Only Getting Wider
Women of color are least likely to receive financial backing from angel investors, venture capitalists, and other resources to help get their businesses off the ground. Tech is the talk when it comes to startup capital, even though there hasn't been a single game changing tech explosion since Facebook. And these varied female owned small businesses have the potential to last twenty to thirty years.
The Current Co-Working Model Doesn't Welcome All
Reports and casual conversations also prove that women want a comfortable co-working environment: free from "bro" like Alpha male behavior and unwanted sexual advances.
We know now- the power women yield when they are empowered to come together and advocate for themselves. Let them do that in a space that is welcoming and affirming.
So let the WerkSpace be part of the change!
The WerkSpace model is a co-working and wellness facility for female entrepreneurs of color. From a dedicated monthly Werk desk to professional Werkshops and Wellness classes, subscribers and community members alike will have a space to call home.
Our Media Lab will provide podcasters, video bloggers, and other businesses looking to use media to promote themselves a space to Werk quietly, receive technical assistance, and produce professional looking and sounding products.
Our WellSpace will provide various wellness classes, trainings, werkshops, and the like. Self care is one of the most important and neglected things in an ambitious woman's life. Let's allow for a space where they can access it quickly, easily, and with familiar faces!
But as ambitious women in Boston looking to bring like minded boss women into one space, we know all too well the high cost of commercial space in this city and its communities.
Please give whatever you can to help us get to our goal of $20,000 which will help outfit a space, and begin bringing in the brilliant women who need a place to collaborate network and thrive.
Let's Get to Werk!