New Orleans’ Oldest Coworking Space, Launch Pad, Turns 10

Launch Pad, the first ever coworking space in New Orleans, has just celebrated a decade in business and its 10th anniversary party last week. The event, which happened during the city’s newest tech conference INNO, featured a fireside chat with alumni and a member showcase.

While the New Orleans location was the first, the Launch Pad network is now in other cities including Nashville and Newark.

Since launching in 2009, the company has created over 5,000 jobs, raised $160 million in capita and graduates have leased 600,000 square feet of new office space.

“After Katrina, we set out to rebuild the New Orleans business community not to what it was before, but to what we wanted it to be—a thriving entrepreneurial city with amazing cultural and historic assets that draws talent from across the country,” shared  Launch Pad Founder and CEO Chris Schultz. “Ten years later, we’re tremendously proud of the impact Launch Pad has had in catalyzing the ecosystem in New Orleans.”

Schultz said the next 10 years are about creating the transformational change the team has seen in New Orleans across the country.

Launch Pad is coming soon to cities including St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Birmingham, Detroit, and Denver.