WeWork's success is pretty undeniable at this point. Whether it's their huge valuation or the fact that a new office pops up every five minutes, the coworking company has made a huge impact on the business world from coast to coast. And now, they've decided to pay it forward with a few education initiatives that could really make a difference.
The coworking company has announced two meaningful education initiatives that could help people get a leg up in the tech community. Take a look at what the both have to offer below and get excited for your WeEducation!
WeGrow – Elementary School for Entrepreneurs
Teaching kids as young as five-years-old about entrepreneurship is silly, right? Wrong! WeWork has plans to launch an elementary school inside their New York City office that will promote conscious entrepreneurship. The pilot program of seven students, including one of the cofounders' kids, is underway now, but they plan to open it to the public sometime next fall.
“In my book, there’s no reason why children in elementary schools can’t be launching their own businesses,” said Rebekah Neumann, cofounder of WeWork, in an interview with Bloomberg.
The program will serve as a more hands-on method of teaching everyday subjects, like math and reading, while also providing unique lessons on entrepreneurship from a 60-acre farm that they will be visiting once a week. And if you don't think this kind of education is a good idea, you've probably never sat in a classroom for eight hours learning about fractions.
Flatiron School – The Acquisition
Kids don't get to enjoy all the educational fun at WeWork though. Thanks to the recent acquisition of the New York-based coding bootcamp Flatiron School, the coworking company is now able to offer world-leading coding education to employees and members alike.
“WeWork's culture is one in which we are always ready to do more, to learn more, and we are proud to expand our offering with this new platform for learning,” said Adam Neumann, CEO of WeWork, in a blog post.
WeWork is not just utilizing the Flatiron School space. They plan to integrate their educational model into their own and provide classes in their 170 coworking spaces around the world. Which, suffice it to say, further establishes this coworking company as so much more.