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People meet and ideas collide at COCO. Join us for one of our regular educational or social events. You can also take advantage of our energetic environment by holding your next meeting at one of our locations.

Why meet at COCO?

Inspirational Spaces

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Our members are doing the work of their dreams. So, we’ve selected and designed our spaces to be worthy of their ambitions. Stop by any of our COCO spaces.

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Energy to Spare

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Our spaces are overflowing with the energy of dreamers and doers. So, forget the hotel conference room – COCO is the kind environment where you and your colleagues can do your best thinking. See what it takes to become a member.

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Innovation-Friendly Rooms

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We believe in the power of collaboration and visual thinking, so at COCO you’re never far from a whiteboard or a flat-panel display. Want to book your next meeting at COCO? Let us know how we can help.

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Cool Events Coming Soon

Geekettes Meetup: Code & Craft

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

6:00pm—8:00pm

This Mother’s day, co-create a light up cards with fellow Geekettes in this maker – tech event! We’ll be crafting and coloring and connecting while exploring circuits with this fun filled event.

Whether you are a coder, a maker, a crafter or just a fan of coloring and stickers, this is for you. Feel free to bring your family members and friends as all are welcome.

Estimated schedule
6:00 – arrive, eat, mingle
6:45 – introductions, admin stuff, etc
7:00 – Start the maker session!
8:00 – finish up, network, etc

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Brand Identity and You - Staying True to Yourself & Your Brand

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

9:00am—10:30am

Do you feel that you are losing sight of the lightbulb moment that catapulted your brand? Need to recenter yourself with your company? It is easy to lose sight of your brand identity in this ever-changing world. Now is the time to get back to your roots– or the drawing board!
In this Scale your Business presentation, we’re teaming up with AIGA MN. Hear from the founders of two successful creative agencies, Jeff Johnson of Replace and Stefan Hartung of Ideas that Kick, on how they have maintained authenticity in their agencies’ brands and their client’s brands. Jeff and Stefan will each share a case study of how they have righted the path of a brand. You are certain to feel inspired after hearing from these two creatives who believe, “If the job and the dream are out of alignment: change your plans, change the model, change the job, change the company, change the underpants if needed, but do not change the dream. Make your dent in the universe. Then make it bigger — every day!”
PRESENTERS
Stefan Hartung studied visual communication in his native Germany as well as in the US. After four years working in full-service agencies in Hamburg, Germany, he moved to the U.S. and, in 2001, co-founded Minneapolis design agency Kick with strategic partner Mary Kemp. Kick has applied its design thinking and denting strategies to start-ups and Fortune 50 companies.
Jeff Johnson is an impatient person. Born broke on a dirt farm in ND, impatient thinking led him to study design. Living out of his 83’ Buick Skylark, Jeff began working as an intern for Duffy Design and Fallon Worldwide leaving six years later as Design Director for Interactive. Jeff Founded Replace Inc. in Minneapolis MN to Improve and Replace the Status Quo. Our small staff believes the fastest path to Improving the world is Replacing the busted parts by making them obsolete. Replace creates brands with Fortune 50 companies and companies of one person. All of our work serves our same impatient mission.
THE SCALE YOUR BUSINESS SERIES
We’re putting on monthly business skills presentation focused on bringing you the tools you need to push your business to the next level. We bring you a presenter that will educate you on relevant topics to help you grow your business and career. The series is free for COCO and through our partnership with AIGA MN it is offered free for AGIA members.
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Local Legends with Kieran Folliard

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

6:00pm—8:00pm

We’ll be hanging with this transplanted Irishman and learning all about his graceful transitions from building Irish pubs in the Twin Cities to creating the 2 Ginger Irish Whiskey brand to navigating the brands that call the FOOD BUILDING home. Come prepared with questions!

Agenda

  • 6-6:30 – Check-in & networking
  • 6:30-7:30 – Program
  • 7:30-8 – Networking

About the Local Legends speaker series
Startups are nothing new in Minnesota. Many of the products and services we take for granted were started by a lone entrepreneur at some time. Target, General Mills, Medtronic, 3M, Best Buy? All founded by someone with a big idea. We want to sit down with the founders of well-known and much-loved local businesses and projects and simply ask them, “how’d you do it?”

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Local Legends with Lili Hall

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

6:00pm—8:00pm

Lili Hall founded KNOCK in 2001 after 14 years in brand-building and business development. Throughout those years, Lili dreamed of starting a branding and design firm that would fulfill her vision of a more perfect union of amazing design talent and insightful business acumen. In 2001, she made KNOCK a reality. As KNOCK’s founder and president, Lili has grown KNOCK into a successful enterprise that continually achieves proven results for clients.

Agenda

  • 6-6:30 – Check-in & networking
  • 6:30-7:30 – Program
  • 7:30-8 – Networking

About the Local Legends speaker series
Startups are nothing new in Minnesota. Many of the products and services we take for granted were started by a lone entrepreneur at some time. Target, General Mills, Medtronic, 3M, Best Buy? All founded by someone with a big idea. We want to sit down with the founders of well-known and much-loved local businesses and projects and simply ask them, “how’d you do it?”

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