Lawson Gow, founder of Houston-based innovation hub The Cannon, is at the forefront of nontraditional coworking platforms. Going beyond the usual amenities, the company hopes to build an entire campus filled with micro-housing, a church, green space, and other facilities.
The Cannon is expected to open in June in a stand-alone 120,000 square foot facility that will include 131 offices, 300 open and dedicated desks, a movie theater, and a wellness center.
Since Gow owns the building, there are no long-term leases for companies. Instead, The Cannon manages the space and will have 40 companies renting out desks that will generate more revenue.
“The vision is building up Houston’s entrepreneurial community by developing the biggest coworking space in the world at 120K SF and bringing classes, speakers, events, programs, accelerators, mentors and investors — a density of all the infrastructure these entrepreneurs need,” said Gow. “Houston has historically lagged when it comes to building these startup communities. That is what we set out to do.”
The Cannon is also hoping to launch satellite campuses in other areas of Houston, such as the Post Oak area.