The entrepreneurs behind HealthcareMN have taken another step towards their vision of making ‘Minneapolis the best place in the country to launch a health tech startup.’
Over the weekend, the group signed a one year lease at 718 Washington Avenue North inside the Soho building, labeling it the HealthcareMN loft. The intention involves converting a modern 2100 sq.ft. corner loft into a collective hackerspace uniquely suited for healthcare entrepreneurs.
“We are opening a physical space that’s accessible to anyone who wants to explore an healthcare startup idea,” says HealthcareMN founder Pete Kane. “Those seeking help in evaluating their idea, currently developing one, or looking to join a team,” are among our members.
With inspiration sourced from Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, Kane describes the loft as “a blend of 20 individual workstations, two community lounge spots and a meeting area with the professionalism of the corporate culture in Minneapolis.”
Kane says the spacial focus is on convenient logistical access, affordability and common grounds. HealthcareMN loft memberships are currently $100/mo. per person (8am-6pm) & $250/mo. per person for 24/7 hour FOB access; group rates, sponsorship and other questions can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The HealthcareMN loft is opening with approximately 20 members and some startups represented include therapitize.me (Startup Weekend Twin Cities 5), Kane’s own SugarCare, and Thompson Aderinkomi’s Retrace Health.
“The WiFi is on and furniture is being assembled,” Kane says, “We are ready to get busy!”