Urban Co-Lab: One Year Recap

"Despite its newness, Urban Co-Lab has fast become home to some big ideas..." -- KUT

Dear Austin Friends and Family, 

Exactly one year ago today Urban Co-Lab opened our doors at 1818 E. 12th Street and affirmed our commitment to unlocking the great potential that exists for the East 12th street corridor. 

At the onset we faced a number of unexpected challenges.  One of the most significant was the perception of the neighborhood by both new and old residents alike and its impact on our business.   We had a massive undertaking on our hands to encourage people to step out of their cars and into a community that was transforming and evolving.   

We are proud that Urban Co-Lab accepted that challenge.

And more importantly, we are proud of the role that the community we are building has played in being a positive example of what it can look like when communities collide, for the good of the city.  

Alongside historical companies that have been in the neighborhood for decades, we aspire to be a staple of the East 12th Street Corridor. 



We've hosted more than 150 programs at our space...

In the month of August alone, Urban Co-Lab an average of 20 programs and events at our space from small meetings to large events, all focused on entrepreneurship, advancing social enterprise and connecting with community organizations.   

Organizations that we have hosted include national staples like SnapChat and Google to local community and neighborhood groups. 

In total Urban Co-Lab as hosted more than 1,000 of people from all areas of Austin and nationally. 


We've had more than 20 community leaders serve as ambassadors... 

We launched our community ambassador program as a way to give social entrepreneurs, community leaders and others an opportunity to lead in their community through our space. 

We are super proud to have seen some of our community ambassadors go on to become community managers at Urban Co-Lab, advance in career, and be featured by major corporations.  

We are proud of their achievements and their contributions to our community.  

Additionally, we have had some amazing women such as Casey Shumake, Vicky Pridgen and Claire Morel all serve as Community Managers for Urban Co-Lab helping to support our growth and advancement. 

Check out our incredibly diverse team at Urban Co-Lab here... 


We officially launched our fall 2016 internship program w/ Huston-Tillotson University

Urban Co-Lab is now accepting applications for our inaugural student internship program for Fall 2016! The program has three essential components: Internship, Mentorship, and Workshops.

We have opportunities with companies including Mozilla, Breakthrough Austin and more... 


We were true to our commitment to employing local residents...

Urban Co-Lab is proud to have long-time local 12th street resident William Westpoint in charge of Facilities at Urban Co-Lab.  Our space provides an opportunity for William to have employment in his neighborhood and to be a part of the programming at our facility.


We launched the first comprehensive Austin Startup Diversity Report in the city...

Inclusion is critically important to Urban Co-Lab and is at the foundation of our mission.  As such, we were very proud to champion the agenda of diversity in Austin by releasing the first Austin Startup Diversity Report produced internally and covered by local and national media outlets. 

Click here to read the complete report. 


We have some pretty awesome members... Old and new... 

We are really proud to be home to some pretty awesome members including our longstanding tenants, University of Texas at Austin ICUSP Program and Mentegram, and newer members like Mozilla - The Hive, Breakthrough Austin and more...