Having been heartbreakingly pipped at the post in its bid to acquire a building lease for 154 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch Works has announced that its crowdfunded Shoreditch Village Hall project is set to launch a one-year pop up residency in the heart of Tech City.
Breaking the news in an exclusive email to backers of the initiative, the East London co-working organisation said that it had secured a "premium address" on Hoxton Square (pictured, top) that will enable it to start hosting events - like October's Great British Node Conference - sooner rather than later.
An opening party and dinner will also take place at the Village Hall's temporary home, but Shoreditch Works stressed that the project would not live a nomadic existence for long and that a permanent home would be found.
"This is a holding position while we get a permanent village hall in place. We're out there looking for the perfect long term home every day. That is what you pledged for and that's what you're going to get," the company wrote in the announcement email.
Back in June, the 'Open the Shoreditch VIllage Hall' project was successfully funded on Kickstarter, smashing an initial funding goal of £25,000 and subsequent stretch goals of £50,000 and £75,000. It left the crowdfunding platform with just shy of £100,000.
As well as pursuing a permanent Village Hall to help support East London's grassroots tech community, the success of the Kickstarter drive has also allowed Shoreditch Works to offer free co-working space to a startup, charity, or educational group for an entire year.
The free desk space (as well as the mentorship, events space, and networking opportunities that go with it) will be allocated via a competition.
Interested parties can find out more on the Shoreditch Works blog and applications are being accepted until 1 September, so there's just two weeks left to throw your name in the hat.