CoCo announces new Fargo location

The Twin Cities-based provider of collaborative and co-working space will begin serving Fargo’s entrepreneurial community in August

By Nora Clos
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This morning, collaborative workspace company CoCo announced plans to open a location in Fargo, N.D. CoCo’s fourth location and first move beyond the Twin Cities, the new location is the result of a partnership with Emerging Prairie, a digital media company dedicated to connecting and supporting entrepreneurs in Fargo and the surrounding region.

According to Emerging Prairie co-founder Greg Tehven, it was high time for Fargo’s entrepreneurial community to have access to a space like those offered by CoCo. “Our new partnership with CoCo is an important step toward increasing innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship in the region,” he says. “From Emerging Prairie’s perspective, this is a huge piece of us building the entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Tehven met CoCo co-founder Don Ball while living in Minneapolis several years ago. “We were instantly drawn to his energy and charisma,” Ball says of Tehven. This energy sparked the efforts behind bringing CoCo to Fargo. After making the move back to Fargo, Tehven was “dedicated to putting Fargo on the entrepreneurial map,” says Ball. “If you know Greg, you can easily believe that he'll make that happen.”

Set to open in early August, the 6,000-square-foot space will have the capacity for more than 100 members and, like its Twin Cities counterparts (including one in the old Grain Exchange building in Minneapolis), will offer both individual and group memberships. Members will even have access to other CoCo locations. In true co-working fashion, CoCo will manage the space and membership aspects, while Emerging Prairie will organize events.

Ball sees this as the first of many expansions in CoCo’s future, both in the Midwest and beyond, and as part of a strategy for uniting innovators across the region. “We're interested in connecting the entrepreneurs and creative souls across all locations and trying to create an exponential result,” he says.