The Silicon Abbey Pop-up Hub in Clarence Park, St Albans
This summer Silicon Abbey will open their first Pop-up Hub in the Clarence Park Cricket Pavilion. From 1st to 30th July the space will be open to all entrepreneurs, start-ups and anyone interested in setting up their own commercial or social business. There will be free desk space as well as a series of masterclasses and networking events – and all in the tranquil and inspiring environment of Clarence Park and its historic cricket pavilion.
What we’re doing
For one month we are turning the Cricket Pavilion into a co-working space and a community hub for entrepreneurs. Anybody can come in to work (free wifi and coffee provided) and meet interesting people. There will be desk space in the iconic hall and a social area downstairs with a café and a bar. However, we want it to be more than just a shared office, so we are organising a schedule of masterclasses and networking events. Here are some highlights:
Launch event: Sunday, 2nd July with BBQ, a fun-run and live music
Tuesdays: Growth Hack Sessions on business planning, marketing, web design and social media – followed by live music and networking in the evening
Wednesdays: After-school Minecraft club, followed by Lightning Talks on entrepreneurial topics
Thursdays: After-school Coding Club and in the evening a Big Debate Series on Future of Work, Future of Professional Services in St Albans, Future of the High Street, etc.
Fridays: Wellbeing workshops, social enterprise workshops – evening: BBQ and networking
Why we’re doing it
We believe that St Albans and its surrounding areas need a space where entrepreneurs and start-ups can come together as a community to support each other. It has long been our ambition to create a co-working space in St Albans that doesn’t just provide office space, but a true hub where anybody can participate and benefit from the skills and knowledge of the local community. This is a test-run and if it goes well we will proceed to phase 2: planning a permanent hub in or near St Albans.
How you can get involved
There are three ways you can get involved:
- Use the co-working space in July – just contact us to reserve your desk space
- Contribute to the programme – if you have an idea what to include in the programme or want to run a session, please let us know
- Become a sponsor – get your logo displayed on our website and our flyers and/or stage or contribute to an event in July
If you are interested in any of the above, just email us on email@example.com or call 07528 920 782. We look forward to hearing from you!
The schedule is work in progress:
If you are a contributor and want to update the schedule, please follow this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ITSVZW1bLqVWRC4hWJ7zo-uOmAEhPh9m_vRcCm8WRhQ/edit?usp=sharing
We are still looking for hosts during July. As a host your responsibility is to welcome any guests and ensure the smooth running of the programme of the day. If you want to sign up, please go to: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ITSVZW1bLqVWRC4hWJ7zo-uOmAEhPh9m_vRcCm8WRhQ/edit?usp=sharing
Here is the schedule so far: