Affinity Lab and Brightest Young Things are partnering up to offer memberships to the newly opened U St Affinity Lab (across from Velvet Lounge) to two businesses, non-profits, or arts groups with dynamic and innovative ideas in order to support DC's creative economy.
A Note from BYT below...........
Everyone always talks about D.C.'s hidden creative class; a chronically highly educated, over committed and extremely frustrated tribe who simply do not have the time or know-how to apply for arts and business development grants from local government or raise capital.
More than likely you or your friends are members of this creative community: you might be an editor of a fanzine, the head of a small record label, a graphic novelist, the founder of a new non-profit, a local political organizer, the producer of a film, an events planner, or the head of a disturbingly niche oriented dating website. Whoever you are, you're contribution is vital to our community.
The Affinity Lab is dedicated to coaxing the fire of entrepreneurial spirits in the District of Columbia. With branches in Adams Morgan and U Street Affinity Lab serves as a base camp for creative businesses, start-ups and non-profits providing office space, business tools and a collaborative culture.
Imagine: Having access to an office space in which you can work, learn, meet and organize events.
Imagine: Having access to business tools like faxing, copying, printing, scanning, phones and internet without having to deal with Kinkos or incompetent and immoral telecommunications firm.
Imagine: Having immediate access to the Affinity Lab community of graphic designers, accountants, web developers and public relations svengalis.
Imagine: Having all of these resources for free.
Think about the freedom you'd have to focus on the fundamentals of your business once your structural distractions have been eliminated.
The Affinity Lab and Brightest Young Things challenges the members of D.C.'s creative class to take it to the next level. We are offering two, free, one-month, Affinity Lab memberships to people, artists, or businesses with dynamic and innovative ideas.
All you have to do is:
- Describe your idea in 3 to 4 sentences and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: "Let's Do This"
From this group of contestants there will be 2 winners: an editor's choice and a popular choice. Affinity Lab will be in charge of the editor's choice while BYT readers will vote on their favorite submission in a future post.
Winners will be announced the first week of March.