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ABOUT THE PROJECT:

The Austin Space is a coworking space and community hub in central Queens for technologists, creative freelancers, remote and independent workers, and entrepreneurs.

 

WHO ARE WE:

We (Benny and Tiffany) lived in Queens for our whole lives. Benny grew up in Woodhaven and Bayside. And, Tiffany was born and raised in Forest Hills.

We always had to commute to Manhattan to work and to meet new people. A few months ago, we wanted to join a coworking space without having to commute 2+ hours to Manhattan. We decided to look into Queens. However, to our dismay, we could not find a suitable location with a community accessible to majority of Queens and Long Island.  The places we did find were all littered with extra and hidden fees, such as for internet and kitchen access.  Uh oh!

This is when we decided to bring a coworking space to central Queens, in the beautiful neighborhood of Forest Hills, that focuses on building a community instead of selling seats! We plan to create a space where people from different fields can share equipment, ideas, and knowledge.

We know that's there is a demand for this workspace and want to bring creativity and innovation to Queens. 

It starts with this. Join us today to make this into a reality.

 

 

HOW THE COWORKING SPACE WILL BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY:

 

Allowing the community to gather together and cowork opens up endless possibilities for people to network, interact, share, and educate each other. We want to bring these possibilities to our hometown. 

Queens = Community = Opportunity to Connect and Learn

In addition to our coworking space, we plan to offer:

  • Technology, Development, and Design Courses
  • Industry Expert Presentations
  • The Technology Initiative Program - an initiative where we will introduce mobile programming to individuals ages 13 and up. We will bring iOS mobile development classes to Queens. 

 

THE LOCATION:

 

We found a spot in Forest Hills, Queens that is conveniently located two blocks from the intersection of 71st Continental Avenue and Austin Street. This location is a spacious two floor collaborative workspace with an outdoor patio, lounge areas, and meeting rooms. It is a premier shared office space located in central Queens. 

The workspace is located one block from the E, F, M, R trains – a 15 minute subway ride from Manhattan – and one block from the Long Island Rail Road, connecting individuals to Long Island.

 

THE ALL-INCLUSIVE AMENITIES:

 

THE SCHEDULE:

 

THE BUDGET: 

Obviously, $10,000 is not enough to start up a coworking space. These funds will merely cover a partial percentage of the startup costs. The other operating expenses - including majority of the space renovation costs, security deposit, staff salaries, high-speed internet, and equipment - will be bootstrapped by us. We are investing our own hard earned cash into this venture for the community.

This Kickstarter campaign will help us in ensuring a smooth opening and for us to provide the best quality coworking space for the community.

A successful Kickstarter campaign will be proof of market demand.

 

CONNECT WITH US:

 

 

Website: www.theaustinspace.com

Mailing List: www.theaustinspace.com/mailing/

Email: theaustinspace@gmail.com

Risks and challenges

We are committed to bringing a coworking space to Central Queens. We have already leased a place in Forest Hills, Queens. And, we will be paying our security deposit and first month of rent soon. We are completely invested in this venture and will do whatever it takes to bring this to fruition.

The biggest risk we run into is measuring the demand of the coworking space. Without a strong demand for the coworking space, we will not be able to continue our operations past the first few months after opening.

However, we are confident that we can overcome these challenges as we have a marketing strategy in place. We plan to reach out locally to individuals and partner with local businesses.

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