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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

Graveti Summit

Thursday, May 25, 2017

All day

Clear your calendar – It’s going down! You’re invited to take part in our inaugural Summit. Join founders, professionals, investors and tech community champions for a day full of learnings, inspiration and a playbook for success. Hear first hand lessons and strategies about how to bootstrap to success, a VC fund dedicated to people of color and marginalized groups, starting a company in college and breaking into tech!

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Cowork at COCO West Loop

Thursday, May 25, 2017

All day

Have you been wondering what this whole coworking craze is all about? Now is the time to try it out first-hand…for free! COCO West Loop is hosting a free day of coworking for you to check us out. Stay for an hour or nestle in and work the whole day away. Everyone is welcome, whether you usually work from home, are thinking of starting a business, already have a business off the ground, or just want a change of scenery!

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Social Media Strategy for Your Small Business

Thursday, June 1, 2017

9:00am—10:30am

As more people turn to social media to inform their decisions about brands, it is no longer something you can push under the rug or leave untouched for weeks or months at a time. But no need to fear! We have just what you need to step up your social media game and drive traffic to your business in the long run. Join COCO and Dan Peterson of FlipSwitch Consulting as he shares his expertise on all things social media.

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Dan Peterson started FlipSwitch over 5 years ago as a solution for small business owners whose budgets wouldn’t allow them to spend thousands of dollars on websites and social media marketing, but who still needed help growing and marketing their businesses.

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Geekettes Meetup - Panel: The Only Woman in the Room; how to hold your own and still succeed

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

6:00pm—8:30pm

We are so excited to have this panel of professional women discuss “Being the only woman in the room – how to hold your own and still succeed when you are the only female in the room, team or company.” They will talk through what’s worked, what sucks and show support for one another.

The general schedule will follow that of our other meetups:

6:00 – arrive, eat, network, etc

6:45 – announcements, introductions, etc

7:00 – Liz Tupper will moderate our fantastic panel:  Bobbilee Hartman, Michelle Maryns, Mary Lou Hidalgo, Tracy Fuller, & Melissa Telsrow.

8:00 – wrap up, finish networking, eating, etc

8:30 – leave the space.

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Graveti Meetup: Open Pitch Night

Thursday, June 15, 2017

6:00pm—9:00pm

We’re back! Come give your best 2-3 minute pitch on your startup. Whether you’re a rocket ship, an idea, or just launched, we want to hear it. Come share with the community and get feedback and advice. Apply today!

Additionally, you’ll hear from the MN Starter team on crowd funding. How you can raise from anyone (friends, customers, etc) or invest in your favorite companies! Come learn about it prior to hearing the startups present their startup.

This is the first step to being invited to present at our Demo night in the Fall.

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Startup Grind with Whitney Larson & Parag Shah of Vemos

Monday, June 19, 2017

6:00pm—9:00pm

Vēmos, formerly BookBottles, allows events and nightlife venues to manage, understand, and grow their business from a single dashboard. We do this by providing a standard suite of tools and enabling app integrations to effectively run your event or venue.

Their goal: to allow events and nightlife venues to manage, understand, and grow their business from a single dashboard. Say goodbye to separate tools for different functions, and say hello to one system. All features sync together for seamless operations and to provide a full picture of your business.

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AIGA UX Meetup: Your Creative Process is Broken, and It’s Time to Kill It

Friday, June 23, 2017

8:15am—10:30am

The world of traditional graphic design has long emphasized culture and art as important means of communicating with an audience. As digital product designers, our conversations tend to focus less on culture, and more on business goals, users, and stakeholders. As a result we overlook the need to think beyond the next iteration of our product. This presentation will explore ways to overhaul the creative process by cultivating a deeper understanding of human emotion and culture.

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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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