Come to Rise of the Rest

rise_ofthe_rest_SteveCaseTuesday, Oct. 7

Varsity Theater

2 p.m. – Fireside chat with Steve Case
A conversation with Steve Case, Steve Clemons, and other innovators. Presented by The Atlantic  RSVP

3:30 p.m. – Pitch competition
Watch the Twin Cities best startups compete to earn a $100,000 investment from Steve Case.  RSVP

5 p.m. – Rise MSP
A startup celebration and happy hour. Presented by Google for Entrepreneurs.  RSVP

Please sign up for one or all three events. They’re completely free!

About Rise of the Rest
AOL founder Steve Case is on a mission. Nowadays, he’s the head of his own venture firm, Revolution, which invests in a wide range of startups and “speedups.” Earlier this year, he embarked on a campaign to give focus to his efforts. He hopped on a bus and toured several cities in the American heartland, with the goal of showcasing “emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems that will play a critical role in rebuilding the American economy and creating new middle class jobs.”

Now, he’s planning a second tour, and Minneapolis is one of the stops. While here, he will tour local startups and meet with business and government leaders (to tell them that they, too, should be supporting startups). But the main focus of the day will be a pitch competition, in which several local startups will compete for a $100,000 investment.

The pitch competition will be preceded by a fireside chat with Steve and followed by a happy hour, sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs. All events are free and you can come to any or all!

Learn more at Rise of the Rest


Posted in Entrepreneurs, Events, Startups

Welcome Week events at CoCo Fargo

We’re celebrating the opening of CoCo Fargo by opening our doors to the curious and the hungry. Please join us for any or all of these events! They are all free and open to the public. You know where to find us!

Monday, Sept. 22

  • Mimosas and muffins – 11 a.m.
  • Tour of CoCo – 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept 23

  • Tour of CoCo – 11 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept 24

  • Tour of CoCo – 11 a.m.
  • Sweeto Burrito buffet with Rachel – Noon
  • Startup Drinks – 5:30 p.m. – RSVP required

Thursday, Sept. 25

  • Tour of CoCo – 11 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

  • Ice Cream Friday – 1 p.m.
Posted in Fargo

Freelancers Union brings After Hours event to CoCo


Share stories. Trade gigs. Discuss issues. Find common answers. Freelancers know they can do big things when they come together.

That’s why we’re proud to bring Freelancers Union After Hours to CoCo. The first After Hours event will be held on Sept. 3 at CoCo Uptown.

After Hours is a nation-wide, free monthly networking event for freelancers to chat, brainstorm, and discover what’s next. After Hours will be held at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month – a perfect time for a nation of freelancers to unwind and connect with people who get what’s its like to fly solo.

On Wednesday, Sept. 3, the first After Hours will kick off in coworking spaces across the country. The theme for this first event will be “What makes your city a great freelance city? What could make it better?”

Please come!

RSVP for After Hours on Sept. 3 at CoCo Uptown


Posted in Events, homepage feature

Rise of the Rest tour comes to MSP



Update: applications for the pitch competition are being accepted until Sept. 21. Apply now!

We’re pleased to announce that the “Rise of the Rest” Road Tour led by AOL founder Steve Case, will make a stop in Minneapolis/St. Paul on Oct. 7.

Building off momentum from his first bus tour in June, Case will be visiting 5 Midwest cities this fall, including Madison, Minneapolis, DesMoines, Kansas City and St. Louis.

The goal of the tour is to “catalyze entrepreneurship in America’s heartland because we believe that a diverse, broad-based startup economy is an economic imperative that must be advanced.”Partnering organizations include Revolution, UP Global, Google for Entrepreneurs, Engine, Startup Grind and Seed Here Studio.

The tour will feature visits with local startups, fireside chats with Steve Case and The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons, happy hours led by Revolution and Google for Entrepreneurs and high-stakes pitch competitions where each city’s winner will earn a $100,000 investment from Steve Case. Startups can apply to pitch by visiting our website, The deadline to apply is Sunday, September 21st.

Although the itinerary is still being finalized, the Twin Cities leg of the tour will include events at CoCo, the Varsity Theater as well as local startups.

Learn more about the road tour, including times and locations for specific events in each city by visiting the website and follow @RiseOfRest on Twitter and Instagram.

Posted in Entrepreneurs, homepage feature, Startups

Meet Rachel, CoCo Fargo’s new community manager

We’re delighted to introduce Rachel Sternhagen as our first-ever Community Manager at our new Fargo location. Although CoCo Fargo won’t open until Aug. 25, Rachel’s already in training.

We’ll let Rachel introduce herself!

“I am Fargo/Moorhead through and through. I was born in Fargo and raised in Moorhead. While I did move away for college and a time right after graduation I found my way back and love it now even more.

My professional life has previously been in more traditional, corporate settings. I am very excited to get involved in the entrepreneurial culture that is springing up in Fargo. From the first moment I started exploring and researching CoCo I could feel an energy and an excitement that I absolutely wanted to be a part of. The incredible energy of CoCo has become even clearer as I have visited the Twin Cities CoCo locations during my training this week.

I hope that as we start to open the location and all learn about what CoCo has to offer that I can be a guide, a friend and a resource.”

If you run into Rachel while she’s in training or when she’s working her magic in Fargo, please say hi!

Posted in Fargo


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