The "CoLaunchpad" is a home base in downtown Palo Alto for entrepreneurially minded parents, professionals, and investors to support each other in creating new ways of working and living in Silicon Valley.
Members of the CoLaunchpad understand that success means more than having a great exit. Whether working on their own projects or helping out an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR), CoLaunchpad members work together in ways that mean the most to them. Our welcoming, family friendly space and unique location build upon and strengthen our local community while pursuing our shared purpose of creating new opportunities for everyone to participate fully in today's economy.
Workshops, idealabs, co-working sessions, popup shops, and round tables are hosted by community members and provide both formal and informal ways of coming together to strengthen our community and support each other.
We are currently in the formation phase with our 25+ founding members. If you are interested in joining one of our weekly gatherings, please email admin at colaunchpad.org
Women and families are primary generators of social capital and meaningful connections. Our family friendly workspaces and programs give parents the flexibility and support they need to engage on work teams and continue growing as professionals and parents.
Many of our members lead efforts to create positive change for our community and the larger world. Some of these leaders are chosen by our community to become entrepreneurs in residence (EIRs). Community mmebers provide advice, mentorship, and work together on teams to help EIR's establish and grow a successful enterprise. In return, EIRs who start for profit enterprises pledge to dedicate some of their future profit to supporting the Colaunchpad community.
The Community Launchpad idea grew out of discussions with community groups and over 100 women during the spring of 2015. (Thank you all for sharing your time and ideas. We owe this vision of a community space to you and hope it reflects your own hopes and dreams.) During the summer 2015 we developed the initial membership and funding model. During fall 2015 we are in the formation phase with our initial group of 25+ founding members. See the community and membership pages for more background. We look forward to your continued input and help in co-creating this space to address the needs we all share.