If you’re a social entrepreneur chances are good that you get this. Launching and running a social venture can be lonely. That’s why around the world so many of us have found ourselves working an Impact Hub.
Kyle Ashby is the founder of Impact Hub Santa Barbara. He notes, “Impact focused entrepreneurs often work alone, in locations where collaboration is not available. They also have difficulties finding mentors, associates, financing and the resources needed to grow their business.”
Enter Impact Hub Santa Barbara, right on cue. “The Impact HUB Santa Barbara will enable entrepreneurs, startups, and organizations to coordinate efforts and thrive in a central meeting point for those who want to make our community and world a better place. This will be done through a community focused collaborative work space and center for learning and growth for entrepreneurs and change makers.”
Kyle’s vision for the Hub is inspiring. “The Impact HUB Santa Barbara will create deeper connections, establish a platform to build on, and foster new initiatives for the next generation of entrepreneurs, leaders and companies to solve social problems through innovative ventures, and define and change the future of our community and the world.”
At the moment, Impact Hub Santa Barbara is running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise the money needed to open.
On Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 3:00 Eastern, Kyle will join me here for a live discussion about Impact Hub Santa Barbara’s crowdfunding campaign and pending launch. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.
More about Impact Hub Santa Barbara:
Impact Hub Santa Barbara is a collaborative work and event space providing impact entrepreneurs, startups and organizations with the networks and community they need to thrive. Based in Downtown Santa Barbara the 11,500 space will feature offices, co working, a physical product lab and more. It will also be home to events, programming and ultimately an accelerator to educate and connect conscious entrepreneurs.
Kyle Ashby is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Impact Hub Santa Barbara, a collaborative work space for Impact Entrepreneurs, Startups and Organizations in Santa Barbara, California. He is also the founder of StartupSB an community organization that focuses on creating opportunity for entrepreneurs and startups. Kyle has visited and interacted with 100s of startup communities around the world as a Startup America Champion, and global facilitator for Startup Weekend. Kyle has 15+ years experience in marketing for tech and product based companies and has also taught classes in marketing, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the Technology Management Program at the University of California and at Antioch University in Santa Barbara. He has an MBA from Babson College, in the Boston Massachusetts area, and undergraduate degrees in Film Studies and Geography from UC Santa Barbara.