Incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces provide start-up firms and small businesses with an entrepreneurial environment, professional network, savvy mentors and critical resources to develop and grow successful businesses. They serve as a forum for entrepreneurial development, where new companies co-habitat in a physical space or join a virtual network to exchange ideas, access key business support services and test-drive their ideas. Business incubation has been adapted to meet a variety of needs, from fostering commercialization of technologies to increasing employment in economically disadvantaged communities. Read on to learn more about the types of incubators, shared workspaces and resources in the District to help you pursue your business dream.
From its campus near the White House, located at 1335 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor, 1776 is a hub for startups tackling challenges in education, energy, health care, government and other critical industries. Startups at 1776 received mentorship, corporate connections, access to capital, media attention and a pipeline of top talent.
Acceleprise is an active accelerator focused on enterprise technology. It provides both capital and community support to enterprise entrepreneurs while they work from a shared office in the District.
Canvas, located at 1203 19th Street, NW, 3rd Floor, is a co-working community; designed for creatives, freelancers, independents and start-ups. It also hosts the DC Device Lab, which allows software developers to test products on a range of devices. Canvas regularly host industry events, presentations, meet-ups and even transforms into an art gallery.
Center for Green Urbanism
The Center for Green Urbanism is an incubator in Ward 7 that caters to entrepreneurs and companies that want to create green businesses.
Cove is a shared working space for individuals and businesses looking for space to work. It provides community members access to unlimited printing, scanning, fast Wi-Fi and free coffee.
The DC HIVE
The DC HIVE is located at 1231-B Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC in the historic Anacostia Arts District in a HUBZone. These designations allow your company to receive preferential consideration when applying for DC and federal contracts. The only small business incubator located east of the Anacostia River, The DC Hive provides co-working space and support for small business, nonprofits and creative professionals from all industries. Co-working options include: furnished private offices, dedicated desks, and common area access. Membership includes 24/7 access, internet, meeting space, mail services and office equipment. Members also have access to free small business support, technical assistance and networking events.
DC Workspaces provides virtual offices, co-working spaces, meeting rooms and private offices. Our terms are flexible so you can reduce the financial costs and time associated with a long-term contract. Our knowledgeable and professional staff is trained to help you make the best business decision. Experienced office assistants are on site to collect your mail, answer your calls, schedule meeting rooms, and greet your guests. Currently, we operate Farragut Workspaces, NOMA Workspaces, Georgetown Workspaces.
Farragut Workspaces is located in the business district at 1025 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20036. The office suite is located in the Blake Building and is HUBZone qualified. Private offices and suits are home to various startups, entrepreneurs, non-profits, government contractors, and international corporations. This center includes two boardrooms, five conference rooms, and five hourly offices. Convenience is the key on Connecticut Ave as Metro access is assessable by Farragut North Metro (Red Line and located on the block) and one block from Farragut West Metro (Orange, Blue, Silver Lines). Garage parking with direct elevator access is available.
Georgetown Workspaces is located at 1101 30th St NW Fifth Floor Washington, DC 20007 in the penthouse suite of Georgetown Place and next to the Four Seasons Hotel. Our offices and suites provide Potomac and Canal views and various configurations for your office requirements. Our experienced and friendly staff will answer your calls and book your next meeting in one of our equipped conference rooms.
- NOMA Workspaces is located steps from Union Station at 840 First St NE Third Floor Washington, DC 20002. Our Business Center offers ample coworking, private offices, conference rooms, video conferencing service, plug-n-play presentation technology, and an executive boardroom with private catering kitching to accommodate up to 50 people. We are committed to providing the latest technology and professionalism in an executive-level setting at Washington, DC's best addresses.
Digital Commons at MLK
The Digital Commons is located at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. It has office and meeting space, and it offers 70 computers loaded with software like the Adobe Creative Suite and access to tools like a 3-D printer and an Espresso book machine.
Dupont Circle Business Incubator
The Dupont Circle Business Incubator provides space, programming, services and networking for its members
Eatsplace is a food and restaurant incubator: a community commercial kitchen and marketplace with dining space to host pop-up restaurants and guest chef residences.
Exhilarator is not an incubator but a company that helps scale business from small to large on an equity or fee basis. Services include business plan refinement, marketing services, investment opportunities and platform development.
Fab Lab provides access to prototype tools for personal fabrication, such as a personal computer that can output functional objects instead of images on a screen.
Flashpoint At CulturalDC
The Flashpoint Incubator Residency program, a Cultural Development Corporation project located at 916 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, is designed to assist arts organizations and creative businesses in developing the administrative blueprint and financial capacity to flourish. Flashpoint provides valuable management resources and technical assistance to resident organizations for 2 to 5 years. The creative, open environment makes collaboration a daily practice. Get access to office, exhibit, rehearsal and performance spaces in the heart of DC!
Flex Office Space
Located in the H Street HUB Zone at 1411 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Flex Office Space is the home to dozens of amazing small businesses, entrepreneurs, and freelancers who are serious about building their business. Flex Office Space is a co-working community where business professionals establish their primary or secondary office while collaborating, networking and growing their business. Flex Office Space provides the opportunity to meet, mingle, and network with innovative companies that share the same desire for serious work. It has an open floor plan and dedicated desks allowing for a variety of pricing plans for members. Packages vary from the use of the physical address for mailings to private office space with a receptionist to answer calls and other amenities.
Fortify is an early stage technology investment fund that invests in and provides support for innovative and disruptive product and platform startups in high-growth markets.
H Street Greenhouse
The H Street Greenhouse located at 1341 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20009, is a unique incubator office space located in the heart of the District's burgeoning H Street, NE corridor. Members have controlled 24-hour, 7-days-a-week access to their workspace and all the office tools necessary to build a new or existing business. The H Street Greenhouse provides a comfortable, friendly atmosphere with common desk space, private offices, a shared kitchen and meeting spaces in a vibrant neighborhood of complementary small businesses. Members join an ever-expanding group of diverse businesses, from real estate development and consulting to environmental stewardship and graphic design.
Impact Hub DC
Impact Hub DC is located at 419 7th Street NW, 3rd floor, Washington, DC 20004, with professional hosts optimizing members’ access to work-space, participation in regular events and programming, and collaboration within a dynamic local community, Impact Hub DC helps entrepreneurs create and scale projects.
Mess Hall is a Culinary Incubator in the Brookland/Edgewood neighborhoods of Washington, DC. We support up-and-coming food entrepreneurs by providing commercial kitchens combined with institutional knowledge and extraordinary opportunities. Mess Hall supports a vibrant and diverse local food community, all while leveraging shared resources and a true spirit of collaboration.
Our 10,000 sq ft facility boasts 4 shared kitchens with all new equipment including 17 ovens, plus walk-in refrigeration, collaborative offices and ample storage. Our event space with a state-of-the-art open kitchen is perfect for pop-up restaurants, cooking classes, video/photo shoots, corporate/social events, and other gatherings that embody the ethos: 'food brings people together.’ Mess Hall is also the creator of Launch Pad, a recurring culinary competition which identifies new concepts and brings them to market.
Premier Business Centers
Located atop Metro Center station in the Homer Building at 601 13th Street NW, Suite 900 South, Washington, D.C. 20005, Premier offers professional turn-key private offices, appointed meeting rooms, day offices hourly rentals and virtual office addresses. Our terms are flexible so you can reduce the startup costs and time associated with a long-term lease. Experienced office assistants are on site to collect your mail, answer your calls, schedule meeting rooms, and greet your guests.
This eight-week rapid incubator for culinary entrepreneurs offers formal mentorship with a DC business owner and opportunities to temporarily partner with a local restaurant.
Uber Offices located at 1200 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036, provides open spaces and private offices with some of the most promising tech and media companies in the region. Offering more than a great location, Uber Offices delivers the opportunity to develop substantive relationships with entrepreneurs, investors, and companies that can help you grow your business. Additional offerings include a dedicated office for local angel investors, venture capitalists, and mentors who are excited to work with ÜberOffices members and help them grow their businesses; member-only happy hours; team-building paintball tournaments; educational seminars, and pitch days.
Union Kitchen is a food incubator focused on growing food businesses by providing Members with the kitchen, catering opportunities, distribution services, access to partnered businesses, discounted vendors, marketing, and facility maintenance.
WeWork China Town
WeWork China Town located at 718 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, is the community of creators, transforming buildings into beautiful, collaborative work spaces and providing infrastructure, services, events and technology so members can focus on doing what they love. Located within walking distance of the District's top shopping, entertainment and nightlife. Easy access to DC's transit hubs and proximity to high-growth tech companies solidifies this location as a rich neighborhood for growing businesses.
WeWork Wonder Bread Factory
WeWork has transformed the former Wonder Bread Factory, located at 641 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, into a vibrant workspace for DC's entrepreneurs. This beautiful renovated building is complete with an outdoor balcony and sits in the heart of the U Street Corridor - a collective center for music, food and Victorian-era homes.