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Benjamin’s Desk was founded in October 2012 by Jennifer and Michael Maher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to support early stage entrepreneurs with access to flexible workspace and valuable resources.  1776 was founded in February 2013 in Washington, DC by Donna Harris and Evan Burfield with the vision of building an inclusive incubator for startups disrupting entrenched industries.  Over the course of the next four years, Benjamin’s Desk and 1776 grew in their respective regions and combined forces in 2017, creating the largest entrepreneurial ecosystem for startups in the Northeast Corridor.  (1776’s proprietary software platform, Union, was spun out as a separate company.)

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