The 1789 co-working space is closed. But our collaborative potential is wide open. 
The safety and well-being of our student innovators, entrepreneurial faculty, campus clubs and community mentors is our top priority. Right now, that means our 1789 co-working space on Franklin Street will remained closed for the foreseeable future, including through the start of the Fall 2020 semester. We will reopen the space once it’s safe to do so and in a way that aligns with the University’s policies. While this could potentially occur during the Fall semester, it’s too early to say exactly how and when this may happen. Please know that our team is already working in concert with the University to make the 1789 space as safe as possible once it reopens.

Until we can reconvene in the building, 1789 will continue to be what we’ve always been: an active, collaborative community that’s much more than just a physical location. Through a variety of online programming and resources, we’re continuing to unite you and fellow entrepreneurs around ideas, even while we’re all working apart. Our potential to innovate together has never been greater. Thank you for continuing to collaborate with us – and one another – to make an impact with your ideas.      


Have a smart idea for solving a problem? Join 1789 to turn your creative thinking into a real solution. 1789 is a student co-working space in downtown Chapel Hill – just 23 steps above Franklin Street. It’s where you can explore innovative ideas, work on entrepreneurial projects and even begin to build a startup.

And 1789 is more than just a physical location. It’s an active community of Carolina students, entrepreneurial enthusiasts, innovative teams, experienced mentors and campus clubs. Since 2014, this innovation hub has supported more than 200 student ventures and teams. Everyone with ideas is welcome. Join us to put your innovative talents into action and help push important ideas beyond old possibilities.

Six Reasons to Join 1789
  • Convenient Location
    Located right on Franklin Street, 1789 is super easy to get to – just a few steps from campus. It’s right above Ye Olde Waffle Shop – and down the street from all your downtown favorites. Plus, you can use the space at a time that is conveinant for you. Stop by and put your ideas to work whenever you want.
  • Free Workspace
    Enjoy a variety of 40 co-working spaces designed spark inventive thinking: huddle areas, brainstorming nooks, booth seating, conference rooms and even a bar counter. From oversized bean bag chairs to whiteboards to a ping-pong table, you’ll find plenty of tools to help you clear the mind, focus and let your ideas flow. Be sure to check out the old-school Pac-Man game!
  • Interactive Events
    Connect with other students and industry leaders at events that let you learn, discuss and share. Workshops combine practical skill building, professional self-discovery and inspiration. Lunch-and-learn sessions offer regular sit downs with startup pros. And networking events provide chances to unwind, have fun and get to know other students and community members.
  • Expert Advice
    Is there a market for my idea? Who are my customers and competitors? How can I make an impact? How do I start raising money? Can I get software help? What about legal advice? 1789 members can schedule complimentary office hours with local entrepreneurs, business leaders and innovation experts to get wellinformed answers to big questions.
  • Jobs and Internships
    Plug in to an expanding list of job and internship postings on the 1789 website. From internships during the school year and summer to longer term job possibilities, you’ll find great opportunities for starting out at a startup.
  • Community and Clubs
    Whether you’re attending a pre-scheduled event or just swinging by on a whim, you’ll find that 1789 is a place to meet others that can help make your ideas better. On any day or evening, you’ll run into a variety of teams, classes or clubs that call 1789 home. Reserve rooms or event space for your I&E group.