Why Nonprofits Are Replicating the Startup Model

By Matt Petronzio

The Beespace office feels spare and minimalistic, located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Painted pipes and girders line the warehouse-like ceiling. Coworking areas and "flex spaces" scatter across the open floor plan. The small kitchen doubles as a printing area. Six large tables extend along the far wall, each with a whiteboard divider to scrawl new and exciting ideas.

The setup is conducive to a trendy, emerging startup's needs. But Beespace isn't a startup — it's a nonprofit incubator that identifies and launches innovative organizations dedicated to social good. And like many companies looking for success in the digital age, it's taking cues from the tech startup world.

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