Coworking is a fairly new concept in the Queen City. The idea of 60-70 different entrepreneurs and local businesses working alongside one another in a collaborative workspace runs counter to Charlotte’s traditional banking office culture. Yet this is exactly what The Launch Factory founders, Philip Wegner and Dave Hickman set out to build.
Charlotte is now home to 8-10 coworking spaces (depending on your definition of a “coworking space”), but Wegner and Hickman hope to set themselves apart by offering their members a step up from traditional co-working spaces.
Their new space, called The Launch Factory, blends the swank of an Miami Beach Hotel, the charm of a New York Art Gallery, and the technology and “hustle” of a Silicon Valley start-up company for a truly luxurious and inspiring space.
The idea first started in 2016 when Wegner (CEO of local tech startup “SecurEdge Networks”) and Hickman (longtime non-profit executive) teamed up to bring a unique experience to Charlotte entrepreneurs. After a seven-million-dollar redevelopment effort to the historic General Dyestuff Building (built in 1939), the two long-time friends are excited for the public to finally experience the history and unique personality of the space.
“We preserved as much of the building’s history and natural elegance as possible during the renovation process,” Wegner said pointing to the original pine ceilings, exposed brick walls, and original metal doors. “We hope the architecture and unique charm of the space will encourage and inspire our members.”
“The genius behind coworking is the simple idea that human beings are better and more productive together than apart,” commented Hickman. “Here at The Launch Factory, we are committed to ensuring that every member has the resources he or she needs to get from where they are, to where they want to be.”
While The Launch Factory is designed to be Charlotte’s first upscale co-working space, they also offer competitive pricing for brand-new startups, all they way up to established companies with multiple employees.
They currently offer 3 major options (including full access to free coffee from local roasters, private booths for phone calls or brainstorming sessions, conference rooms, AV equipment, a large presentation screen, SONOS sound system, and gigabit Wi-Fi w/ SecurEdge):
Lauch Pad (50 total)
$200/m (1 Month Lease)
Launch Station (36 total)
$350/m (3 Month Lease)
Dedicated Office (4 total)
**Glass Front offices, each named after a successful American space mission (Enterprise, Apollo, Endeavor, Discovery)
$1450 – $2100/m (6 Month Lease)
The Launch Factory will be hosting a free ribbon-cutting ceremony, open to the public, this coming Thursday, including complimentary Mac’s Speed Shop BBQ, Triple C Craft Beer, and DJ Smitty spinning some tunes.
The Launch Factory Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony:
Thursday, February 9th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
General Dyestuff Building
2459 Wilkinson Blvd., STE 220, Charlotte, NC 28208
For more info about The Lauch Factory, or this week’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, visit TheLaunchFactory.com