Stop in any Starbucks or Panera Bread during the week and you see a congregation of professionals working away on their laptops or iPads. Fishers officials want to offer these entrepreneurs a new home in the ground floor of the Fishers Public Library in their forward-thinking venture called “Launch Fishers.”
“This is the sandbox I’ve always wanted for my start-ups,” said Fishers resident and long-time start-up entrepreneur John Wechsler who was hired to quarterback the project. Wechsler has founded several technology-based start-ups locally, including Wishoo, Vontoo, Formstack, Formspring, and most recently Developer Town.
Launch Fishers, scheduled to open in November 2012, will feature 16,000 square feet of flexible use space with a coffeehouse atmosphere. Members will pay around $300 for a 24/7 swipe card that will allow them entrance via a swipe card through a new exterior, private entrance on the north side of the library off of the newly renamed Launch Way. For an extra $100 per month, members can rent their own desk, complete with locking drawers and a chair. As businesses grow and they want to cluster or “enclave” desks, they can do so for an additional fee.
“This is the town’s way of providing tangible and intangible resources for small businesses,” said Fishers Town Council Member John Weingardt.
In addition to providing an environment conducive to high-growth entrepreneurship, start-ups will have access to on-going lectures, networking, and other shared human and hardware resources. Launch Fishers will also provide a comfortable co-working common area with open workstations, conference rooms, mailbox service, and locker space.
“If you are starting a new business and you’re looking for a home, Fishers wants you here,” added Wechsler.
For more information, visit www.LaunchFishers.com.