1776 Code of Culture
1776 is the largest network of incubators that cultivates and empowers startup ecosystems. We exist to strengthen cities and economies by building a thriving and diverse community of entrepreneurs.
We pride ourselves in our ability to curate communities of entrepreneurs and enterprises in flexible work environments. Our members gain access to a dynamic network and focused programming to provide the knowledge and resources necessary to spur innovation and solve complex challenges.
This Code of Culture is intended to guide the 1776 campuses and online communities because we believe sharing our values and obligations to one another affirms the exceptional culture of accountability and respect we value within our community. It is our hope that this Code of Culture fosters the ongoing conversation about inclusion within the curated startup ecosystems we create.
We value community involvement, sustainability and accountability. As a flexible workspace we ask that our members are respectful of space and value our shared community.
- Utilize your Campus Manager – Your CM is here to help! Communicate your business needs, ideas for enhancements, or any problems you may be experiencing.
- Be sure to clean up after using a shared space; this includes kitchens, conference/phone rooms & classrooms.
- Be mindful of your usage of shared resources. This goes for anything from coffee and snacks to office supplies. Sharing is caring!
- Be conscientious of times you’ve booked conference/phone rooms. Be sure to cancel any unused times and leave promptly at the end of your reservation.
- Introduce yourself to other members and think about what you can offer to the community.
- Participate in programs and events. We offer opportunities for companies at any stage of growth and in any industry – ask your CM to learn more!
- Do not take furniture or shared resources from shared areas without first asking a staff member.
- Do not discard unwanted furniture in shared areas, hallways, conference/phone rooms.
- Do not deface any 1776 property.
- Do not use speakerphone to conduct individual or conference calls in the shared desk areas.
- Do not use reserved desks or private offices that are not your own.
1776 is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for all members, guests and staff, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of any form on the premises of 1776 campuses or on our online communities.
All member to member; staff to member (or vice versa) communication should be professionally appropriate. Sexual and other exclusionary language and imagery is not appropriate on any 1776 campus, this includes any 1776 and/or external programming that may be open to non-member attendees. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down fellow community members.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
- Offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention.
Please report any incident, accident or harassment, via email or phone call, to a 1776 a staff member. All reports are confidential. You may also submit a report, either anonymously or not, here.
1776 employees are well-informed on how to deal with reported incidents and how to further proceed with the situation. If you do feel your safety is in jeopardy, please do not hesitate to contact local law enforcement by dialing 911.
Termination of Membership Agreement:
Parties related to 1776 in any way who are asked to stop harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If you experience harassment from a 1776 member please report the incident directly to a 1776 employee. If you experience harassment from a 1776 employee please report the incident directly to our CEO, Jennifer Maher (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Members, sponsors, partners and staff violating these rules may be subject to cancellation of 1776’s Membership Agreement and asked to leave our campuses and/or online engagement platforms without notice and/or refund at the sole discretion of the 1776 leadership team. Violating parties are not permitted back on to 1776 campuses for any 1776 and/or external programming and meetings.
Here are general guidelines that call for cancellation of terms of your Membership Agreement with 1776:
- Multiple offenses resulting in a warning from staff
- Continuing to harass after any “No” or “Stop” instruction
- A pattern of harassing behavior, with or without warnings
- A single serious offense (e.g., punching or groping someone)
- A single obviously intentional offense
Thank you for helping make 1776 a welcoming, friendly space for all!