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Lafayette Square

Lafayette Square

1776 Lafayette Square provides startup members the vibrant community, curriculum and connections they need to grow their businesses. Nestled just steps away from the White House, this bustling location welcomes innovators, disrupters, and founders from across the DMV region who are working to tackle our country’s most difficult challenges. 

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See our Lafayette Square Campus for yourself! Click the link below to set up a membership tour. You’ll explore our campus and get a feel for the culture, as well as get a sneak peek at our stunning, collaborative event space!

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Ready to join our Lafayette Square community of startups? Apply today to unlock workspace, resources and programming — all customized for startups innovating in critical industries like education, energy, health & more. Membership for the D.C. area campus starts at $350, with options from unreserved communal seating to private offices.

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Meet our founders

1776 was founded in February 2013 by serial entrepreneurs 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, 1776 grew into a global enterprise with two campuses in the Greater Washington, DC area, Brooklyn, and Dubai, with over 800 startups under incubation and over 1000 mentors engaged on its platform UNION.  In 2017, Benjamin’s Desk, a Philadelphia based co-working company, merged with 1776 to create 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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