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What is the HUB?The HUB is about the power of innovation through collaboration. We believe there is no shortage of good ideas to solve the issues of our time. But there is an acute lack of collaboration and support structures to help make them happen. The HUB was founded to address this need. HUB King's Cross is part of this global network of spaces and that combine the best of a trusted community, innovation lab, business incubator and the comforts of home. Spaces with all the tools and trimmings needed to grow and develop innovative ventures for the world. But above all, spaces for meaningful encounters, exchange and inspiration, full of diverse people doing amazing things. The idea has been spreading like wildfire and resulted in the emergence of a global movement. To date, there are 25+ open HUBs and many more in the making, from London to San Francisco, Johannesburg, Melbourne and Sao Paulo.
Our ambitionTo add to a global network of connected communities that enable collaborative ventures for a better world. At any HUB people from every profession, background and culture are being united by one thing: the imagination and drive to pursue enterprising ideas for the world. These are the people who see and do things differently and have entrepreneurial passion to create sustainable impact.
- Claudia Goldblatt Bridge12 I’m currently working on a start-up Social Enterprise, called Bridge12, which will be a centre where people can help themselves and each other to recover from all types of addiction. One part of the business will be meetings rooms, which will be rented out to meetings of 12-step fellowships (e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Overeaters Anonymous). The second part will be a café (serving teas/coffees and lunches) where people will go before or after meetings, which will employ people recovering from addiction in the front-of-house and kitchen. It will provide supportive and nurturing employment, and a ‘bridge to normal living’ for those recovering from addiction.
- Rupa Ganguli SPINNA Rupa's career achievements span breathing life into a traditional dying craft industry in the Himalayas with sensitive development, introducing innovative design and business methods, to managing high-level projects with the International Trade Centre and working on landmark technological and development projects worldwide. Through her work Rupa developed a passion for empowering women in the textiles industry so in 2010 she set up the not for profit foundation: SPINNA. The Women’s international Textile Alliance which is supported by the UN and partnered with the US State Department and the Ethical Fashion Forum. SPINNA works to empower women artisans and entrepreneurs through training, mentoring and technology to bring their talents to the world market.
- Brendan Martin Public World
Public World is a consultancy company driven by commitment to good jobs & livelihoods, democratic institutions & workplaces, and, green economic development & human rights. They provide solutions through research, policy analysis & strategic development, stakeholder dialogue & consultation and workforce involvement & change management. It’s an ambitious mission, but making their home at the Hub has made all the difference. As Brendan says, “whenever the road ahead looks tough, the buzz, the networks and the friendship there make us believe we’ll make it -- and we will!
- Rob Dyke Tactix4
Tactix4 works to develop information management solutions in healthcare using open source techniques and tools. Their business ethos is built on the strength of community developed and tested solutions to problems and in partnership with a variety of stakeholders. The Hub has been a valuable resource enabling them to meet other professionals both within and without their particular communities, and to build relationships that have helped to drive their business forward and, solve some genuine problems in healthcare information management.
- Daniel Brewer Resonance
Resonance is passionate about mobilising risk capital with values. A specialist financial intermediary, which connects investors looking for more than just a financial return with social enterprises that have a clear potential for growth and high social impact. Working with social enterprises predominantly throughout the UK, Resonance assists them in their development strategies and matching them with investors, large and small, who desire to get involved and invest in sustainable, well-planned, values-based projects.