The Hive for Female Entrepreneurs Opens in Philly

A new work space known as The Hive opened this week in Philadelphia's Old City. The space is designated for female entrepreneurs over all different types of fields. The Hive's founder Melissa Alam says that it's "a brick and mortar answer to online communities of women she found through her online magazine, Femme and Fortune." So far, nine entrepreneurs have joined.

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The Hive opened this week in Philadelphia's Old City at Second and Race. The space, founded by Melissa Alam is meant for collaboration and mentorship among female entrepreneurs. Here, Alam (center) is pictured with her mentor Antoinette Johnson (left) and business partner Sara Ann Kelly at the opening of The Hive.
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The Hive opened this week in Philadelphia's Old City at Second and Race. The space, founded by Melissa Alam is meant for collaboration and mentorship among female entrepreneurs. Here, Alam (center) is pictured with her public relations mentor Antoinette Johnson (left) and business partner Sara Ann Kelly at the opening of The Hive.
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The Hive has public and private work spaces that are designed to be welcoming to women. Alam will be working as a brand consultant and photographer in the space. Other Hive members include a company making athletic wear for female triathletes, an auto mechanic and a freelance journalist.
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This private workspace in the basement of The Hive can be reserved for up to three hours. Alam hopes the space will be used for collaboration and mentorship among women in business. Her mentor in public relations Antoinette Johnson helped her secure the location.
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Business partners Lindsay Poulson and Lauri Contarino speak with Sara Ann Kelly, communications director for The Hive. "I've really found an awesome market of women here in Philadelphia and nationally that need the support and resources of one another," said Alam.
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Elliot Griffin (center), who works in the office of Councilwoman Cindy Bass, said workspaces like The Hive will draw more women into Philly's startup culture. "I think sometimes women are just very hesitant to take the leap," she said.
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Melissa Alam, founder of The Hive, also founded the online publication Femme & Fortune. The Hive is her answer to online communities of women she found through her magazine.
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