You’re a budding entrepreneur quietly building a potential million-dollar business and working long hours in the basement or local coffee shop. Renting office space is expensive and simply not sustainable at the moment. That means you’re alone, blocked out from the outside world. Your plans can’t be shared, built upon and developed into even better ideas.
Enter SURF cafe, Seattle’s first tech-focused, fully self-serviced coffee bar. It’s a partnership between the SURF incubator and Caffe Vita. The original 15,400 square-foot SURF incubator opened on April 30 in downtown Seattle to provide working space for technology-focused startups. It’s home to more than 40 startups, and now, they’re opening their doors to more hopeful entrepreneurs.
For $50 a month, users can get unlimited coffee, work space, 100 Mbps Internet access, designated work space and perhaps most importantly, new connections and friendships with fellow entrepreneurs.
“Our goal is to further integrate the startup community by reducing the financial barriers to benefit from resources available at SURF,” says Neil Bergquist, director of the incubator.
Everything about this new self-serviced coffee shop is startup focused, from the food to feedback systems. Except for Caffe Vita and the architecture company, all the companies providing services for the cafe are also based at SURF (Start Up Really Fast).
Hungry? Grab some grub and drink via Seconds, which works off a text-based mobile payment system developed by a SURF resident startup. Have a comment for management? Use Talk to the Manager, a text-messaging comment service also born inside SURF.
The cafe also provides open office hours with investors, mentors and corporate partners for those looking for advice. Cafe SURF is located downtown at 821 2nd Ave. and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m – 6 p.m.
Here’s a list of all the technologies and services being integrated into the new cafe:
- Seconds – Deploying a text-based mobile payment system.
- Talk to the Manager – Text message comments to the Café SURF management
- Knotis – Online marketing, advertising, daily-deal promotion
- Imaginative Design – Creative work
- Equilitree – Logo and Café SURF page design
- Best Practice – Space design and architecture planning
- Caffe Vita – Coffee