New CoCo Fargo Coworking Space Could Mean Significant Boost to Startup Ecosystem

September 16, 2014

3:00 pm

CoCo, the coworking and collaboration space that has grown quickly in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, has just opened up its fourth space in Fargo, North Dakota. The spread from Twin Cities into Fargo marks a significant moment for Fargo, which can benefit from the additional resources to its growing startup community.

The new CoCo Fargo space spans across 6,000 square feet on the second floor inside the historic Merchants National Bank Building and can serve at least 100 members. Forum Communications reports that memberships to the space will range from $70 to $350 at the individual level, with group memberships at $1,400 monthly for a medium workspace. Memberships can range from one day per week or up to 24/7 access, which also enables members to use any of the other CoCo sites.

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The new CoCo Fargo space is located inside the Merchants National Bank Building. (via CoCo)

Prior to opening this Fargo location, CoCo was primarily focused in the Twin Cities, where it currently has locations in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Uptown. Each of their locations take advantage of the spaces in which they’re located, and provide a restored modern look to the classical buildings. In CoCo Fargo, small phone booths that are reminiscent of the original booths found at CoCo’s first Minneapolis location, as well as an old bank vault that has been converted into a meeting room.

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The new space follows in CoCo’s aesthetic style – modern restoration. (via CoCo)

While CoCo Fargo provides the standard offering of other coworking spaces – from conference rooms and dedicated workspaces to daily programming and a community of other entrepreneurs and startup founders – its presence in Fargo marks a significant boost to Fargo’s nascent startup economy. This past July, we covered why people should be starting up in Fargo, and the addition of another resource to the ecosystem is a necessary one for helping the startup founders in the area build on their innovative ideas.

The opening of the CoCo Fargo space is some additional great news for the region, which just last month saw the opening of the Fargo Startup House, an incubator dedicated to supporting startup growth in the local Fargo startup comunity. And, while the addition of these resources to the ecosystem don’t necessarily guarantee the growth of a startup economy, the mere availability of them now in the area signifies a recognition of the potential for that economy.

Read our previous post, “4 Reasons You Should Brave the Cold and Startup in Fargo”.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things.

Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in ‘Doctor Who’, Murakami, ‘The Mindy Project’, and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a “writer”. Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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