A community with a story

What is I/O Spaces ?

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I/O Spaces is an inclusive Coworking space in the Silver Spring, Maryland. We are crafted to show how we make the sharing economy work for our members. Beyond just providing a beautiful space to work from, we encourage our members to make use the diverse skillset within in our coworking community, whether by making use of our in-house design services, mentoring, advisory, sharing industry insights, attending or organizing events, those objectives inspired our core values of :

Inclusion + Innovation + Community + Diversity + Diaspora
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WHY SILVER SPRING ?

Silver Spring is a natural location for I/O Spaces — the community is one of the most welcoming in the United States, now with the most diverse minds. Located in Moco (Montgomery County), Silver Spring’s growth has been incredible over the last few years, both in infrastructure, job creation and innovative businesses. Silver Spring stands right at the midsection of Maryland and District of Columbia, hence a residential hotbed for young professionals as it continues to grow with the new developments announced throughout the city. The Silver Spring ecosystem is comprised of diverse government institutions, hundreds of organizations and startups, major brands, media companies and a supportive Montgomery County.

With the Bus Transit center, Red line, multiple bus routes, and the upcoming Purple line, Silver Spring is one of the area most accessible neighborhoods.

FOUNDER STORY

 

Rebecca EnonchongCofounder, I/O Spaces
Rebecca Enonchong is the cofounder I/O Spaces. She is also the CEO of Appstech and She sits on the board of the Salesforce Foundation and ActivSpaces and Chairs Afrilabs a pan-African network of innovation hubs. Forbes magazine listed her as a top female tech founder in Africa.

She was recently listed as one 2017 most influential Africans. Rebecca has spent much of her career promoting technology in Africa. She has carried out the work in both the U.S. and in Africa. She was the founder and Chairperson of the Africa Technology Forum, a non-profit dedicated to helping technology startups in Africa.She is also a founding member of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN). Rebecca was recognised as one of the 100 New Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

Leslie TitaCofounder, I/O Spaces
Leslie Tita is a Cameroonian-Born entrepreneur, studied interactive media design at ISTDI Douala, Cameroon and Franklin University. His very first company Pulse aimed to be Education Student Management for African Universities.

Leslie appeared on Season 2 premiere of Kamau Bell Show United Shades of America on CNN, and his work has been featured on Forbes Afrique, Blavity, CCTV Africa, Buzzfeed, Technically DC, Huffington Post, and 2017 He won an award for being one of 50 people on Fire in DC by American Inno. Leslie was one of organizers of the Jollof Festival in DC and New York in 2017, where Nigeria won both competition for the best Jollof Rice. He has received recognition from Montgomery County County Executive Isiah Leggett and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s.

 

 

Rebecca and Leslie met 2011 in Cameroon, when they planned to organize a Tech Barcamp to bring all the local startup minds together. Leslie later worked at Rebecca’s company Appstech, but went on to co-found usePULSE, a student learning management platform for universities in emerging countries.

In November of 2014, they bounced off the idea of a space to foster the entrepreneurs and startups of diverse backgrounds, because despite the overwhelming fact that the District of Columbia and Maryland boast one of most culturally diverse demographics in the region, its equal representation across different industries ; workforce, startups, tech, venture capital is yet to reach its full potential.
That is how I/O Spaces was born.

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