Providing workspace access to
drive innovation and creation
for ethnically diverse founders
In collaboration with
Supporting founders to achieve success
About the Programme
The Diverse Founders Programme in collaboration with WeWork will offer flexible workspace solutions to early-stage entrepreneurs from ethnically diverse backgrounds.
Has the way you work changed drastically over the last few years? Like many people, you may now choose more flexible ways of working. While this provides fantastic benefits, being immersed in a like-minded community is critical for driving innovation, creativity and company culture. The Diverse Founders Programme has been designed because we recognise how crucial it is to have the right environment for your business to grow. Businesses need space that can be scaled up or down to meet the size of their workforce. Now, more than ever, founders need extra support to achieve success.
This programme will offer WeWork All Access passes to 100 founders for a period of 12 months starting from January 2023. It provides the founders with the flexibility to work from hundreds of WeWork locations worldwide, including in the UK & Ireland.
If you would like to apply for the programme, please read the criteria below before you apply.
Founders from any industry is welcome to apply
An early start-up building an MVP or that has launched an MVP
An early-stage start-up that has recently launched a product to market in 2022
Start-up has been established for a minimum of 3 months and is located in the UK
Founding team with at least one member that identifies with an ethnically diverse background
We have a simple 2-stage application process to ensure
eligible applicants and their businesses are able to gain the most benefit from the programme.
Stage 1: Written application
Please ensure the business meets the applicant criteria. If it does, then complete the application form.
Stage 2: Internal review
All applications will be reviewed internally and 100 applicants will be provided with the pass.
Please note: There will be checks every 2 months on card usage. Those applicants not making use of the cards will be automatically removed to make space for others.
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What's on offer?
All Access card with access to flexible workspace worldwide
Five monthly credits for meeting room and private office bookings
Access to workshops & a community of founders & industry experts
Wifi, printing unlimited coffee and tea and other professional amenities
When we were first starting out, we all worked remote and didn’t have a base. Access to WeWork spaces has been crucial, as well as the mentorship support that was provided – it allowed us to meet and learn from other people to develop our business.
We also participated in events such as a pop-up WeWork organised for Black History Month, and during that event we met our first corporate client and have been collaborating with them since.
Yemi Awopetu, Founder of Herby Box
WeWork (NYSE: WE) was founded in 2010 with the vision to create environments where people and companies come together and do their best work. Since then, we’ve become one of the leading global flexible space providers committed to delivering technology-driven turnkey solutions, flexible spaces, and community experiences. For more information about WeWork, please visit us at wework.com.