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On the top floor of the Curtis Center, the vast open floor plan showcases our buzzing community of investors, entrepreneurs and venture backed startups as well. Just blocks away from Old Town, 1776 Washington Square features amazing views of the city.

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Ready to join our Washington Square community of entrepreneurs, innovators or small business owners? Join today to unlock workspace, resources and programming – all customized for companies and entrepreneurs. Membership for the Washington Square campus starts at $199, and options range from hot desk communal seating to private offices

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By becoming a startup member of 1776, you gain access to our extensive network of connections and resources—from expert mentors and investors to classes and events—regardless of your location. Learn more about our membership plans below.

Washington Square


The Curtis Center

601 Walnut St

Philadelphia, PA 19106

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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