Pilot program provides students and faculty space to innovate.
In Fall 2019, Lynn began piloting its own flexible workspace on the third floor of the Christine E. Lynn University Center. The university opened up the space to students and faculty who are working on projects with social impact. Students and teachers who qualify for free coworking memberships may reserve flex desks and conference rooms and gain access to the Funding Information Network database to search for project funding opportunities from more than 140,000 foundations and donors worldwide. In addition, faculty will teach social impact classes in the space.
The coworking space is designed to provide the necessary tools to help students, faculty, alumni and community organizations collaborate to solve social challenges.President, Kevin M. Ross
“We are big believers that doing good is good for business, so we want to support social entrepreneurs in our community with an incredible resource on our campus,” said Lynn President Kevin M. Ross. “The coworking space is designed to provide the necessary tools to help students, faculty, alumni and community organizations collaborate to solve social challenges.”
Lynn plans to eventually expand memberships to alumni and community organizations. It will invite a select group of social entrepreneurs to participate in a “pioneer year” with reduced rates and special offers including tuition benefits and opportunities to apply for federally funded student workers. In order to qualify for membership, entrepreneurs must be part of a registered business entity with a social impact focus and engage students in a meaningful way such as internships, free workshops or mentoring.