Free Rooms for Meetups?

David Gold Mar '20: New project. 1,000 customers and profitable. Before: Helped scale saas $1M to $75M ARR

January 14th, 2014

Hey all,

I'm in Boston and am hosting a meetup to facilitate Virtual Currency Entrepreneurship in February. 

To make a long story short, the only obstacle right now is finding space to conduct the learning/networking session in.  Does anyone have experience contacting incubators/universities/businesses to donate evening working space for groups?  I'd rather have a Private setting rather than just bring everyone to a bar.

I'm planning on contacting a few venues I have in mind, but I'd like to make sure I'm not asking for anything out of the question first!

Thanks in advance to anyone who would like to share.


Jack Benimble Tremendous potential

January 14th, 2014

Microsoft NERD

District Hall, 75 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Heather Wade Director of Product Management

January 14th, 2014

Hi David, I run the Seattle chapter of Girl Develop It, an international non-profit that offers low cost programming classes to women. We organize our classes and events through I frequently work with area businesses to host our events at no cost. If you are able to find an organization that has a shared interest in your topic, you should be able to find donated space. I would approach them with the messaging that you are searching for sponsorship partners for your meetup group. Not only are many businesses willing to donate space, but you will find some willing to donate food and beverages. The value proposition for them is generally some access to your meetup members, who presumably are an audience that they wish to reach. I also like to structure cross promotion into a sponsorship (add their logo and information to your page as a sponsor, allow one of their representatives to spend a couple minutes giving an intro to your group, ask them to promote your events via social media). You may also want to reach out to other meetup group leaders with similar interests and ask them to help you with introductions to potential venue sponsors. Cheers, Heather

Jenn Louie

January 15th, 2014

Unfortunately I can't help you in Boston, but in the future if you have one in NY, let me know. I might be able to get you space to use at Meetup HQ in Manhattan.

Ryan Selkis

January 14th, 2014


Please email me at ryan@inscrypto and I'll be happy to help coordinate.  I help run the Cambridge Bitcoin meetup and the MIT Bitcoin club (which has access to MIT resources and the CIC), and Jeremy Allaire at Circle has offered to help with space for events like these.  Let's get this done and make it huge.  


Dennis Franczak President and CEO, Fuseideas

January 14th, 2014

David, How many people are you looking to host? DENNIS FRANCZAK CEO [cid:image001.png@01CDB1F6.B35F4990] O: 781.897.4801 M: 617.504.4572 EMAIL: BOSTON / NEW YORK / ATLANTA / PRAGUE / PORTLAND FUSEIDEAS.COM Please consider the environment before printing this email.

Adam Altman Head of Product at Automatic Labs

January 14th, 2014

not crazy, we do it all the time. incubators (espeically the corporate backed ones), workshops, VC and lawyers offices...all usually keen to help.