An entrepreneurship and innovation hub, the vast MaRS Discovery District building is located just above Queen’s Park subway station. Hosting world-class events on science and research, workshops for local start-up entrepreneurs, hackathons and workspaces for small to large companies like Etsy, Airbnb or even Facebook.
Now, this may sound a little daunting at first. At least that’s what I felt when I first sat down on one of the comfy chairs at the Atrium. In retrospect, even though MaRS Discovery District houses some of the biggest companies in the world, it was built for the community. You can come by sit down at the Atrium with a cup of coffee and your laptop (much like what I’m doing now) and do as you would in a coffee shop. Admittedly, I enjoy the times I’ve spent sitting around the MaRS Discovery District Atrium leisurely reading a book because of the endless inspiration around me. At some point in time, these start-ups were mere ideas – seeds. Now they’re here, planted and continuously being cultivated. Isn’t that something?
As previously mentioned, the MaRS Discovery District Atrium is also used for public events hosted by the companies it’s hosting as well as other affiliated partners in the community. The Etsy event showcasing as many local vendors as they can fit in the Atrium has been my favourite by far! It was great to see local talent connecting with the community and helping each other grow.