The Trampery’s patron, the Duke of York, took a tour of social enterprise’s eighth co-working space last night – a converted 1990’s office block at the East India Dock.
“The Trampery’s ability to find sites such as this never ceases to amaze me and is incredibly encouraging for the startup community”, said the Prince; “It’s fantastic to see FinTech alongside ArtTech and so many other things.”
Hear hear! Amongst the companies settling into the news space are Dwell Mortgages, gaming studio Playdiation, independent fragrance startup Gallivant, skills sharing platform Echo and some of the most recent cohort from the Accenture FinTech Innovation Lab.
Charles Armstrong, The Trampery’s founder, says that the Republic will allocate 40% of its desk space to startups, in response to the cost of living crisis which is driving many early stage founders out of central and East London.
“Trampery Republic is an experiment in what people can learn from each other across sectoral boundaries and what new ideas can be sparked by bringing different communities and experiences together”, he said last night.
The Trampery opened Tech City’s first startup workspace in 2009 and has since added 7 more spaces which have been redeveloped to provide budding entrepreneurs with the space and creative atmosphere they require to deliver the goods.
The company has also launched incubators across the software, fashion, digital arts and travel sectors, and chose last night to announce the launch of alt.barbican, “a major new accelerator programme for innovative artists working at the intersection of arts, technology, and entrepreneurship.”
The programme lasts for 6 months and cements the budding relationship between the Barbican arts centre and the Trampery, whilst supporting up to five artists “whose practice falls outside traditional art form areas.”
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