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Member of The Month November 2019: WeWork Detroit Empowers Entrepreneurs, Small Businesses and Global Startups, Aiding in Growth and Success

Editor’s note: The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Member of the Month designation recognizes a Chamber member working to grow the regional economy through innovative leadership in alignment with the Chamber’s programs or policy agenda.

WeWork Detroit was named the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Member of the Month for November for helping to empower entrepreneurs, small businesses, and global startups in Detroit by providing its shared workspaces that encourage idea-sharing, conversation, and connections, aiding in growth and success.

In early 2017, WeWork Detroit opened its two downtown locations, on Woodward Ave. in Campus Martius and on Clifford Street in Merchant’s Row, offering a total of 11 floors of coworking space to an array of industries.

In just two years, WeWork Detroit has played a role in reviving the entrepreneurial spirit in Detroit and has also contributed to the city’s recognition as a hub of technology innovation.

In October 2017, WeWork Detroit, along with the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Michigan Economic Development Corp., launched the PlanetM Landing Zone. Throughout this partnership, mobility startups focused on connected, autonomous, shared, and electric vehicle technology have relocated to Detroit, gaining access to Michigan’s automotive industry, testing infrastructure, talent, and research. This partnership is the first of its kind for WeWork Detroit, which offers the mobility startups office space at its Clifford Street location.

“We’ve been grateful to partner with PlanetM and the Chamber for several years,” said Kyle Steiner, community director for WeWork Detroit. “Industry partners, international companies, and startups have all come through the Landing Zone and many have moved into additional space in WeWork on their own, but in close proximity to all the activity of the Landing Zone. It’s been great to see,” said Steiner.

This year, WeWork Detroit announced its plan to open a third location in Detroit’s New Center area, leasing 91,000 square feet at 6001 Cass Ave. The expansion doubles WeWork Detroit’s footprint in the city.

“By having a presence, a bit north of downtown, we are opening ourselves up to a new group of companies who may find the location more desirable,” said Steiner. He continued to say, “Techtown has been there for some time and created a hub of entrepreneurial buzz. Now, with the Michigan Mobility Institute in partnership with Wayne State, we are entering into a neighborhood of innovation. We really want to add to that narrative and be a resource however we can be.”