WeWork announced plans to open its first Dallas WeWork Labs in its Thanksgiving Tower location in November.
Will Akins — bringing his previous experience as director of both the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) and Addison Treehouse — will serve as Head of the WeWork Labs in Dallas.
“Dallas has created a unique ecosystem fit for startups, thanks to its diverse business makeup, large investment capital and growing workforce,” WeWork’s global leader Roee Adler said in a statement.
WeWork Labs provide customized programming and mentorship and serves a hub for local startups. The Dallas location will join more than a dozen WeWork Labs worldwide including New York, Washington, D.C., Shanghai, and São Paulo, Brazil.
“Dallas is an incredibly vibrant city buzzing with startups and having WeWork Labs here as a resource is an incredible opportunity.”
“Our main priority is our members and the community we provide them. We are very excited for Dallas to be the home of Labs here in Texas and to continue supporting entrepreneurs and early-stage startups get off the ground in a more significant way,” said Nathan Lenahan, WeWork’s general manager overseeing the Texas market. “Dallas is an incredibly vibrant city buzzing with startups and having WeWork Labs here as a resource is an incredible opportunity.”
The WeWork Labs Dallas announcement comes at the same time as the opening of the first Labs location in Canada, located in Toronto, and on the heels of a Seattle location which opened late last month. The program was initially announced last December.
WeWork’s coworking spaces and member services serve a global community of over 268,000 members in 287 locations across 77 cities and 23 countries, including businesses ranging from startups to 25 percent of Fortune 500 companies, according to WeWork.
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