Procurement · 30 October 2017

London’s first co-working space for female entrepreneurs opens

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The Blooms co-working space is based near Silicon Roundabout

A co-working space designed specifically for female entrepreneurs and startup founders has opened near the Silicon Roundabout in East London.

Shoreditch-based co-working space Blooms has claimed to be the UK’s first co-working space and business members club with a focus on female entrepreneurship.

Available to Blooms members will be an on-site crèche, 24-hour a day access including weekends, a full programme of events and mentoring sessions with experts and investors. While the co-working space is female-focused, membership is open to all genders.

The Blooms co-working space also promises that members will have access to a supportive community of female startup founders, investors and advisors, with a flexible, credit-based programme of membership options available, starting at 12 days.

Blooms is the first UK co-working space to be launched by Blooming Founders, London’s largest female-oriented entrepreneur network.

Founded in 2015 by Lu Li, Blooming Founders offers female entrepreneurs the chance to meet each other, share knowledge and experiences and grow their respective businesses.

According to analysis from online office space marketplace Hubble, 156 co-working spaces and innovation hubs have opened up in London in the last few years, giving a boost to Britain’s tech startup sector in particular.

In a statement, Li said that she had been inspired to launch Blooms after realising that the dramatic rise in the number of London co-working spaces in recent years had not included a space that catered specifically to women’s needs.

Li added: “Blooms’ vision as London’s first female-focused business club is to create an inspirational environment for founders to work from and do business in. We’ve gained fantastic support from investors, experts and other mentors, to help our growing community, and we’ve seen a real appetite for our memberships.”

“[The co-working space] is is a new milestone that is part of the Blooming Founders mission to build a support infrastructure for female entrepreneurship. We wanted to create an environment that was female founder friendly, but open to everybody.”

In addition to the co-working space, a new online platform will be launched by Blooming Founders where startups will be able to connect with potential investors.

Whilst Blooms has been completely bootstrapped,venture capital backing to support and connect with female founders through the Blooming Founders digital platform has been received from firms including Index Ventures, Beringea and the UKBAA. 

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