Santurce’s Colaboratorio opens to promote development
The “Colaboratorio,” a collaborative space developed by Foundation for Puerto Rico to serve as the catalyst for Puerto Rico’s economic and social transformation, officially opened its doors for business recently in a ceremony headed by the nonprofit’s chairman, Jon Borschow.
“In this historical moment, collaboration between all sectors, promoted by the third sector will be the engine of economic development for our [island,]” Borschow said.
The 8,700 square-foot Colaboratorio is home to Foundation for Puerto Rico and hosts eight other nonprofit organizations: conPRmetidos; Inversión Cultural; Centro para Emprendedores; Centro de Investigación y Política Pública (ABRE PR); Salón Literario Libroamérica; Juntos por Puerto Rico; PR IT Cluster; and Seriously Creative.
Under the same roof, they exchange ideas and resources to strengthen all of the organizations that, along with Foundation for Puerto Rico, decided to show that the third sector can boost projects innovatively when they have the necessary resources.
“The Colaboratorio is our mission turned into a tangible space; a great place where various initiatives converge to work for Puerto Rico,” added Borschow of the center located at the Ciudadela mixed-use complex in Santurce.
“Working for Puerto Rico takes more than having the technology and physical resources, it requires us to be innovative in everything we do and to look beyond our borders, recognizing the opportunities out there for us to be known and bring home that much needed capital,” he said.
“They say that out of crises the best ideas arise. In Foundation for Puerto Rico we take that a step further — we connect people who want to make a change, put those ideas to work, and we have now built them a home where they can be developed and reach their full potential to help Puerto Rico emerge and integrate to the global economy and to the 21st century,” said Borschow.