Beautiful, inviting, and detailed, the 15,000 sq ft space was built from the ground up — and designed from scratch — to cater to the Uptown audience with amenities not found at their two other locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The space in includes a movie theater for presentations and pitches, a billiard room that doubles as a meeting room, a tap room with craft brews, a walkout patio, 7 demo/call booths, and 2 large conference rooms. Overall there are 160 coworking seats and a number of campsites.
Perhaps the largest part of the space is called “The Garage” with 3,500-square-foot open space devoted to ideation, prototyping and presentations for groups up to 100. The Garage will be available for fully hosted and facilitated experiences of one-day, three-day or one-week durations. Originally conceived as a ‘maker space’ the concept for the Garage has changed to a spot for lo-fi prototyping and large group activities. In other words, prototyping in the Design Thinking or Service Design realm, not machine tooling or hardware assembly.
Open for business as of October 1st, CoCo Uptown has some early movers from Minnesota’s tech scene. The most notable signups are Spark, fresh off the heels of an accelerator program, and Navitor, who is recruiting their IT team into the space.
“What excites me about this space is that its’s an entirely unique environment, especially compared to our other locations,” said Don Ball, co-founder of CoCo. “It’s been our hope all along to give our CoCo members different options for where and how they can work, meet and socialize. So, we’re eager to see what kind of community develops here and how members use this location in conjunction with the others.”
Membership to CoCo Uptown range from $70 – $350/month with group and corporate memberships available. CoCo has an open house on Thursday night, and says they will be hosting numerous events in Uptown over the coming months.