About

COCO is a dream accelerator — a destination for building your venture and exploring new ideas in the company of other creators.

We offer memberships that provide access to multiple COCO spaces, meeting venues and educational and social events.

Whether you are an independent, an entrepreneur building a startup, a small business owner or a corporate innovator, COCO is a place to imagine and pursue what’s possible.

You’ve heard of tech accelerators, where tech startups get support as they launch and grow? We consider COCO a dream accelerator. We want to help you discover and pursue your dream.

Sure, we’ve got desks and chairs and meeting rooms. if you simply need a place to work or meet, please join us. There’s a place for you and your talents. But understand that a bigger game’s afoot. And you could find yourself being seduced by it!

Every day, there are people at COCO who are choosing for the first time to trust their gut and take chances, based on nothing more than sheer grit (and some encouragement from other members). It’s intoxicating to be around. So much so, that countless members join COCO as workers and soon become dreamers, creators and doers themselves.

Interested in being part of our team? You can always check to see what positions we have open on our own dream team.

 

Our aspiration:

Prosperity for all

Our mission:

To inspire and enable people to live out their dreams.

 

Our Beliefs

Be abundant.

Never accept that there are limited resources. Or that there is only one way to solve the challenge at hand. Rather, look for ways to reframe the question, rethink the problem and work with others to generate something entirely new.

Bring your full self.

Guess what? We’re all a little weird. So, don’t hide or suppress your difference. Own it. Bring it. Every day. Remember, the future belongs to those of us crazy enough to be original.

Collaborate aggressively.

Don’t just work with people like you. True collaboration means working with people who see the world differently – perhaps radically so. Collaboration is most powerful when it brings together complementary, even conflicting skills, resources and perspectives.

Err on the side of action.

Start with good intentions. Develop clever ideas. Get feedback. But don’t stop there. Only action – starting, making, doing, risking – will create the future you imagine.

Choose to scare yourself.

Say yes because it’s new territory. Commit before you know how. Go higher, faster or bigger than you thought you could. Scary is where the most interesting things happen.

Think exponentially.

Build growth into your plans. Growth will test your ideas, stretch your skills and take you to new, unexpected places. Then ask: what would happen if your idea was ten times bigger? A hundred or a thousand times bigger? Dare to think beyond your scope. The only thing in your way is you.

Meet our COCO crew

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Don

Cofounder

What inspires you?

Anything that reminds me how big and mysterious the world is, and how little of it we truly understand. It’s that line from Hamlet: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

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Emily

Events and Marketing Manager

What inspires you? 

I am most inspired by people coming together and finding a way to apply their interests and passions to make their community better, happier, and lighter hearted – some of my favorites include art sled rally, empty bowls, Powderhorn 24, and open streets.

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Garrio

Marketing Manager

What’s your why?
I believe in people, creativity and the power of ideas. I also believe each individual has the potential to be the catalyst by which others unlock their full potential. These beliefs inform my interactions with those I work with, meet and connect with each day.
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Ken

CFO

What inspires you?

People with positive attitudes, helping people, making a difference in others peoples lives, small business, being part of a team.

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Kyle

CEO + Cofounder

Big thing I’m working on…
Imagine a world where you actually live the life of your dreams. A place where students are taught to explore and follow dreams, and where adults actively discuss and pursue those dreams. And where the word dream is not a fuzzy thing you do while doing nothing, but instead is a active agent that inspires you to action and inspires those around you.
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Laurie

Director of Marketing & Communications

What inspires you?

Genuine connections. Every day, we have the opportunity to interact with so many different people in various places. What may seem like a small, simple occurrence or conversation at first can end up having a significant impact on our lives. Discovering those moments – which seem increasingly fleeting – often results in experiences that I find deeply inspiring and rewarding.

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Alex Rodriguez

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

What inspires you?  

Living each day like it’s my last.  Chasing my dreams, celebrating the wins and aiming for the impossible. Learning to love the journey of life and being happy, while bringing happiness to others and helping them succeed.
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Alysha-Aubrey

Business Manager, Chicago

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the unending need to do more. To be more, to learn more, to take risks, to start something I don’t know anything about. Watching others jump into the void is thrilling and it makes me wonder what I can do next that will be uncomfortable at first, but will ultimately bring me joy to accomplish. I never want to settle in a comfort zone, I want to forever move forward.

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Andrea

CODE2040 Program Operations Intern

What inspires you?

Creativity, innovative ideas, passion, and the energy of change-making and progress. Community building, spaces where new ideas are shared, welcome and encouraged. Relationships with fellow dreamers, movers, and builders.

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Becky

Business Manager, Downtown Minneapolis

What inspires you?

Creating order out of chaos, making things work better and solving problems to make life a little (or a lot) easier for people everyday.

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Carolyn

Community Manager, Northeast Minneapolis

What inspires you? 

I am inspired by risks and adventures. I love witnessing people strive for something new; finding new ideas that have the potential to fail, as well as the potential to be amazing. I live with intentions to not let living a good life keep me from leading a great life, and sharing that concept with others. Inspiration happens everyday, you just have to live with eyes open to see it.

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Emma

Business Manager, Northeast Minneapolis

What big thing are you working on?  

Trying to not let my passions fall to the wayside.  Too often, I let work and routines distract me from my hobbies and passion projects.  I’m working on not only focusing on these things more, but making a conscious effort to integrate them into my daily life.

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Jamie

Founder at Enerspace Coworking

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Jamie White

Community Manager, Downtown Minneapolis

What inspires you?

The people I have the pleasure of knowing, and spending almost every evening after work with – my bandmates. My bandmates are musical powerhouses, very open and understanding, and just as determined to work as hard as I am to not only make music, but to make the best music we can. They remind me that hard work can be extremely rewarding, extremely challenging, and at the best of times it’s filled with laughter!

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Megan

Director of Operations

What’s your why?

Happiness. That might sound cliche, but it’s the simple and straightforward guiding force behind everything I do. If something isn’t going to bring happiness in the long run, then it’s not for me.

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Sara

Community Manager, Downtown Minneapolis

What inspires you?

My biggest inspiration is my son Caden. He inspires me to be the best person I can be, always focus on what is right, laugh often, and live my life in a way that he would be proud to follow. Nature is another big inspiration in my life. I love getting lost in the woods and admiring all the beauty of the wild. When I am not getting lost in the woods, I love to look up to the sky at night. Space and the stars especially fill me with wonder and pushes me to pursue my dreams knowing that anything is possible. Finally, I love to give back to others. I am a true believer that you get what you put out into the world. Helping others and seeing other people helping others reminds me that there is good out there and it is our responsibility to do all that we can

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Shelby

Executive Assistant

What inspires you?

The human experience and how beautiful and endless the universe is. Everything about that just makes me feel so small, yet so important at the same time. We are all we have in this infinite place so we might as well make the most of it and care for one another!

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Steve

Community Manager, St. Paul

What’s your next big thing?

I’ve always wanted to try my hand at stand-up comedy. Spending time around the many dreamers and doers at COCO has inspired me to go for it!

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Tiffany

Community Manager, Uptown Minneapolis

What Inspires You?
The belief that all living beings are interconnected inspires me. Sometimes when I lack motivation or I feel disconnected from my reason why, I find inspiration in dedicating my work or making my reason someone else.

A community of dreamers, creators and doers