Ovative/Group Joins the Growing List of Startup Friendly Environments

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Ovative/Group is an innovation advisory firm representing venture-backed and early stage companies as their bridge to strategy and innovation executives at mass retailers, media companies, agencies and other enterprises.

The company’s partners have been executives at Target, Best Buy, Cargill Ventures, and the global agency holding companies.

O/G’s offices are at the Open Book, 1011 Wasington Ave. S., Minneapolis, which is the “largest literary arts center in the country”.

Ovative/Group has 3,000 sq. ft. on three levels of converted warehouse space. The basement level, at 1,500 sq. ft., is reserved for helping to incubate new companies and ideas, with an open floorplan, plus a private meeting room and kitchen. Additionally, there are other meeting and presentation room options throughout the Open Book center including a space with accomodations for 200 people. O/G’s first incubated company is Cloveapp.com, a desktop and Web social media app similar to Tweetdeck and Seesmic, but with an SDK for developers and agencies to customize it. O/G partner Kim Garretson said he is very open to flexible arrangements for free or low-cost use of the space by individuals, co-workers, and new companies.

Contact: Kim Garretson, kim.garretson@ovative.com, 952.484.5785.


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CoCo, the brainchild of Don Ball & Kyle Coolbroth, opened its doors in St. Paul  earlier this week.  This co-working, co-location and event space  spans three sun lit floors and covers an est. 25,000 square feet of potentially usable space.  CoCo is found in Downtown St.Paul, across from Saint Paul Union Depot (future light rail stop)  at 213 4th St E. 4th Floor St Paul, MN 55101. Details and pricing can be found here.

Contact: Don Ball,  don@cocomsp.com, 612.735.7425

Update I: Robert Speer & crew from Comfy Chair Consulting have setup shop.

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The 3rd Place is  “Not  home, not work, but a third place where entrepreneurs, creatives and independent professionals congregate and collaborate.”  The 3rd Place also opened  this past Monday and is located in a more centralized “Twin Cities” location at 2190 Como Ave 55108 in St. Paul.  Co founder Zack Steven is known for his two tech startups Local Tweeps and Buy The Change both under Monkey Island Inc., a company he owns with childhood friends Colin Hirdman and Josh Becerra.  The team is already incubating their 3rd venture  and welcome fellow engineers, developers and tech entrepreneurs into their realm of shared resources and cross pollination of ideas/information.   Additional details can be found on their website: http://the3rdplace.us.

Contact: Josh Becerra, Josh.Becerra@gmail.com, 651.230.1163

Both CoCo & The 3rd Place were recently featured in a great article by Dan Haugen on Bring Me The News Minnesota.

Interesting early stage developments are happening with Twin Cities Maker.  On  Wednesday the 6th they held their first coordinated meeting with The Hack Factory, after which they inked a 1 year lease on the shared property at 3119 E 26th St. Minneapolis MN 55406 .  The space is light industrial with a consistent member base of 30+ “hackers” skilled in cross disciplinary arts of hardware & software engineering, manufacturing and metal/wood works.

Contact: Mike Hord, 612.293.MAKE

Still flying under the radar is TwinCitiesCoworking.org, an initiative pioneered by Stephen Filing in the pursuit of a replicatable, scalable and “profitable” co-working model.

Contact: Stephen Filing, StephenFiling@gmail.com, 651.336.6806.