Twitter: @refractionpt
Facebook: Refraction
Founders: James Quigley, Rachael Scott


Refraction is a non-profit coworking space run by Canvas for technology startups, non-profit organizations, and artists.  The 17,000 square foot space in Reston, CA hosts 20 - 30 organizations. [4] To set itself apart from a typical tech coworking space, Refraction sets aside at least 10% of its space for artists and non-profits in order to foster diverse collaboration. Given its location in Northern VA, the Refraction tends to attract older entrepreneurs, many having completed at least one venture, who prefer to stay close to their families and communities in NOVA rather than commute to D.C. [2]


Headquartered in Reston, VA, Refraction was founded in 2014 by Rachael Scott and James Quigley, founder of Canvas, a SaaS platform enabling businesses to have its operations become digital. Scott and Quigly wanted a coworking space that was based more on collaboration and startup empathy than profit.  They wanted to build a space that would just cover costs without taking advantage of the entrepreneurs using it. [3] 


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