Indiana’s largest coworking network will grow this summer with the creation of Launch Indy in downtown Indianapolis. Launch Fishers founder John Wechsler says Launch Indy will include 10,000 square feet of coworking space at The Union 525, the property which previously housed Harry Wood and Emmerich Manuel high schools. It will include a two-story gymnasium, interior courtyard and private event spaces. Launch Indy is expected to be open for tours and events in June.
During an interview with Inside INdiana Business at Launch Fishers, Wechsler and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness said the project is the result of continuing regional collaboration between Fishers and Indianapolis. Fadness says Launch Indy will create "a direct connection between our communities that will serve to streamline collaboration and foster innovation in central Indiana."
Wechsler says memberships to Launch Indy will be honored at Launch Fishers and be eligible for the Indiana Coworking Passport program, which gives members limited access to 40 other coworking locations throughout the state. He says Launch Indy founding memberships are available now.
The Union, located near Lucas Oil Stadium and Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) in downtown Indianapolis, is a so-called "scale-up space" that has already attracted companies including Springbuk and SmartFile. In November, Indy Chamber Vice President of Economic Development Ian Nicolini called the space "hugely important," saying it was not only important to the city’s growing tech scene, but would drive traffic, help out retail and improve quality of life.
Launch Fishers spans 52,000 square feet in the Hamilton County city and has grown to more than 600 members.