The Social Commons is the heartbeat of The Hurt Hub@Davidson, connecting companies, community partners and Davidson College in a world-class collaborative space.

Located just inside the main entrance, the Social Commons is where students, faculty, coworkers and technology entrepreneurs can naturally come together, hang out and collaborate.

Innovation thrives when serendipitous interactions are possible.  With plenty of comfortable seating, good music and delicious beverages, The Social Commons will be a relaxed and inviting place for community to gather and conversations to spark.

The Hurt Hub@Davidson is a cutting-edge, LEED Gold-certified facility designed to connect and build a vibrant Lake Norman area technology, innovation and entrepreneurship community.

The Social Commons will offer fresh coffee, filtered water, an espresso machine and refrigerators for self-service refreshments and healthy beverages.

The space is also equipped with an integrated sound system and large-format mobile LED display which make it easily transformable for networking receptions, seated dinners and speaker events.

Donors and sponsors will be recognized through a creative display to be designed for the West wall. The display will also showcase the interesting history of the building (which was originally part of the Davidson Cotton Mill) and its new life as an innovation engine.

The Van Deman Innovation Lab serves as the home for Davidson College’s innovation, entrepreneurship and emerging technology programs. The Lab will feature:

  • The D-Space: An innovative classroom for engaging students in real-world problem solving through the Research, Data + Design (R+D ²) Program.

  • Analytics Factory: An analytics lab and meeting room for student-led data and analytics consulting projects.

  • Virtual Reality: A VR lab to explore the next generation of experiential technologies.

  • Startup Alley: Small, private collaboration spaces for students to work on long-term projects or start their next business venture.

  • Open collaboration space: Flexible, modular, and tech-forward collaboration, event, and lounge space.

Flywheel Coworking offers 15 private office suites and 36 open plan benching seats for local startups, entrepreneurs, and Davidson College students, faculty and alumni. The space has capacity for more than 100 seated members.

LaunchLKN – the region’s network to support startup growth – will be located here and run events and programs out of the space.

Members of the coworking community will enjoy all-inclusive amenities including meeting rooms equipped with ideation and display technologies, phone rooms for focus and privacy, a print-copy workroom, and free coffee and beverages.

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