Salt Lake City is officially the home of the first Impact Hub in Utah. The HUB concept – which brings together social innovators and entrepreneurs - started in London and is now a global network spanning five continents. The space in Salt Lake isn’t ready yet, but organizers have a temporary space in the meantime. They call it a Pop-up HUB.
An Impact HUB is a place for innovators to do their work, but the marketing and operations director for HUB Salt Lake Ryan Chatterton will tell you, it’s more than that.
“It’s often compared to a co-working space, and we do offer co-working services, but that’s not what we do,” Chatterton says. “We’re as much invested in changing our society for the better, as we are in providing space for people who are doing that.”
Impact Hub Salt Lake will be located at 150 South State Street. It will provide 13,000 square feet for members to network, get training, share resources and ideas. Chatterton says they had expected to be able to open their doors sooner, but design and construction has taken longer than expected. In the meantime, they have a smaller temporary space at Exchange Place in downtown Salt Lake. They already have more than 400 founding members ranging from air quality activists to tech entrepreneurs, and Chatterton says they want Impact Hub Salt Lake to move forward even if their main space isn’t ready.
“We decided to open this space a couple months ago as a way to carry on the momentum that we’ve been building last fall and really start providing value to our members, and start participating in the community where we could make a real impact,” Chatterton says.
They are now rolling out programs for members including networking events and business training. A members-only event on Thursday evening will celebrate the opening at the Pop-up HUB. Chatterton says the main space will likely be open this summer.