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


rise_ofthe_rest_SteveCaseWe’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

Unlea(she)d Breakfast Series with Kate O’Reilly

July – October
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
CoCo Uptown

Eventbrite - Unlea(she)d Breakfast Series with Kate O'Reilly

kateHosted by Kate O’Reillyaka @cleverkate

Join us for this breakfast series, in which we’ll talk with experts (and each other!) about topics like:

  • Confidence and worth
  • Reducing barriers (and ceilings)
  • Working families (The Great Balancing Act)
  • Establishing and being rooted in your values
  • Current events that are important to us

All are welcome, women and men! Come for the relevant conversation, and if you’re able to, stay at CoCo all day to work, meet and collaborate with members and attendees. The dates are:

  • July 18, 8-10 a..m
  • August 15, 8-10 a.m.
  • Sept. 19, 8-10 a.m.
  • Oct. 10, 8-10 a.m.

Finally, to round out the year right, we’ll invite you to a year-end reception in November for everyone who has participated in CoCo’s #unleashed and #40Forward events.

Cost: $50 for 4-part series (includes breakfast, coffee, and coworking for the day) and the year-end reception!.

About Unlea(she)d
Unleashed is a monthly speaker series, held at CoCo, in which we invite women entrepreneurs and leaders to talk about their journeys in life and business. Unlea(she)d is part of CoCo’s participation in #40Forward – a Google-sponsored effort to increase the presence and participation of women in startup communities around the world.

Posted in 40Forward, Events, Google for Entrepreneurs, Programming, Uptown, Women

CoCo opens newest location in Fargo



CoCo announced today that it will partner with Fargo-based Emerging Prairie to open a new location in Fargo, N.D.

CoCo Fargo, slated to open in early August, 2014, will be located in a 6,000-square-foot space at the historic Merchants National Bank Building, 112 ½ N. Broadway. Both individual and group memberships at CoCo Fargo are available now, with registrations being taken at the CoCo website.

This new CoCo location – the company’s first outside the Twin Cities – is the result of a three-year grassroots effort by Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (GFMEDC), the Kilbourne Group and the founders of Emerging Prairie. “With the continued growth of Emerging Prairie and the partnership with CoCo, the preeminent co-working space operator in the Midwest, Fargo is ready to take the next step in its entrepreneurial development. This partnership supports local business growth and sustained economic development for the region,” said GFMEDC President Jim Gartin.

As part of this ongoing partnership, CoCo will manage the space and membership, while Emerging Prairie will organize events and meetups. “We are committed to supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Greg Tehven, co-founder of Emerging Prairie. “We believe that a collaborative work space improves the work experience for people, especially entrepreneurs. Our new partnership with CoCo is an important step toward increasing innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship in the region,” he said.

Although planning and construction is still underway, CoCo anticipates having enough space to serve at least 100 members, including dedicated space for individuals and small startups. In addition, the space will be reconfigurable to allow for events. CoCo Fargo members will have access to all CoCo locations.

For CoCo, expansion to Fargo is part of a strategy to connect entrepreneurs and innovators across the region. “We’re honored to be invited to Fargo,” said CoCo CEO Kyle Coolbroth. “There’s an extraordinary level of enthusiasm and commitment in this city. Our goal is to actively support all those who want to build new businesses and help Fargo grow,” he said

About CoCo coworking and collaborative space
CoCo is a shared workspace where entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, small businesses and corporate workgroups can gather to share ideas, team up on projects and get work done. CoCo has locations in downtown and Uptown Minneapolis, Minn., St. Paul, Minn., and now in Fargo, N.D. More information:

About Emerging Prairie
Emerging Prairie is a digital-media company committed to informing, connecting and activating the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the upper great plains. With a primary focus on startups, technology, and innovation, we operate an online publication and host events that highlights the entrepreneurs, creatives and innovators shaping our region’s future. More information:

Images of CoCo Fargo location
Link to folder with full-sized photos


Posted in Fargo, homepage feature


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