Having built a female-focused co-working space--One Roof, in Los Angeles--​Gianna Wurzl and Ashley Sumner knew what women thought was missing from such places: intentional gatherings and great conversation. They also had concerns about affordability.

With that in mind, the two circulated an informal email to 1,000 women describing a way to bring down costs by moving co-working spaces to their homes. Within 48 hours, 300 women signed up to become hosts. That became Quilt, which gathers women in homes for co-working, guided discussions, and informal classes. Over eight months, Wurzl and Sumner raised $3.8 million and launched in L.A., in 2017; Quilt is also in New York City and San Francisco.

The pricing is à la carte. Unlike some co-working spaces, Quilt doesn't collect a monthly fee. Hosts charge from $9 to $45 per event, with co-working priced at $10 to $20 per session; Quilt takes 20 percent of each admission. The majority of sessions have no more than 10 people. Topics range from Investing 101 to intimate discussions on "What do you desire?" over CBD mocktails.

Quilt aims to bring in people from diverse backgrounds--from first-time entrepreneurs to parents coming back into the workforce to retirees sharing their knowledge. "We want to co-work, but we also want to be in the right room, and we want to be sharing ideas and be supporting one another­--because that's something that women have been left out of," says Wurzl. 

From the May 2019 issue of Inc. magazine