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a members-only community for creators redefining success and repaving the path to it. starting at $40/mo.

ABOUT

PALM BEACH COUNTY WAS FOUNDED ON APRIL 30, 1909

...and now is the time to be the Founder of something great. Of a new business, art project, social initiative or way of life for yourself or your community.

Presenting 1909; the non-profit dedicated to exponential growth in startup businesses, the creative industries and our own cultural significance. Whatever you want to start...now is the time, and we are here to help.

We believe there's another way. We defy the societal norms declaring we are our jobs, the notion that self-service and materialism will lead someday to happiness. We recognize and embrace the various forms of wealth, including health, relationships, time, and values. We believe in the power of community and connection to propel the world, and our lives, forward.

We are a collective of independent artists, entrepreneurs, and organizers who chose to build outside of society's distorted success paradigm. 1909 is where ideas come together. They come together when people share stories and skills. When problems become projects and when all walks of life find connection in collaboration, living for a future of hope and opportunity.

OUR MANIFESTO

We are a collective of creators who believe that if we work together that our ideas, projects, and innovations will better our community. We are unapologetically experimenting. We are a place for the process, the mess, the imperfection. We are a place for the unknown to become known.

We are 1909.

THE PROBLEM

THE KAUFFMAN FOUNDATION HAS NAMED SOUTH FLORIDA #1 FOR STARTUP ACTIVITY. HOWEVER, THERE ARE GAPS LIMITING GROWTH IN OUR COMMUNITY, INCLUDING:

  • AFFORDABLE WORKSPACE
  • CONSISTENT MENTORSHIP
  • BUSINESS EDUCATION
  • ACCESS TO CAPITAL

OUR SOLUTION

1909 IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO THE HOLISTIC GROWTH OF ENTREPRENEURS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY OFFERING MEMBERS ACCESS TO A ONE OF A KIND:

  • WORKSPACE
  • MENTORSHIP
  • EVENTS
  • ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

OUR BOARD

NICHOLAS MOHNACKY | Chairman | Co-Founder at bundleIQ
BRANDON CARSON | Vice-Chairman | Co-Founder at Kingfisher Consulting
BILL SHEPHERD | Executive Partner at Holland Knight
DANIELE CASEY | Co-Founder at 1909
DANNI ZELAYA | Owner of Gather & Seek and Elizabeth Ave Station

PATRICK STINUS | Treasurer | VP, Finance at Launch Potato
SHANA OSTROVITZ | Executive Director at 1909
JANUARY REISSMAN | VP at Community Foundation
AARON NOSBISCH | Founder at Nosbisch Ventures
PHILLIP JACKSON | Founder at Future Commerce
SHERRYL MURIENTE | West Palm Beach DDA

OUR TEAM

SHANA OSTROVITZ | Executive Director
RYAN WALDEN | Entrepreneurship Director
YAHIRA RODRIGUEZ | Community Manager
DANIELLE CASEY | Co-Founder, Head of Creative

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