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?
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.
Energy to Spare
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.
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.
Cool Events Coming Soon
Startup Grind - Clay Collins
Monday, May 2, 2016
As the co-founder and CEO of LeadPages, Clay has been instrumental in scaling the company from 0 to 40,000+ customers (and from 5 to 150+ employees) in under 3 years. Clay and the LeadPages team are compelled by a vision to provide simple and beautiful software that allows businesses to increase conversions, leads and signups. LeadPages has raised over $38M in venture capital.
Beyond the Buzzword: The Economic Impact of Diversity
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Join us for a galvanizing talk by Code2040 Founder and CEO Laura Weidman Powers on the urgency and impact of diversity and inclusion. As an industry exploring ways to implement diversity initiatives, tech is just scratching the surface. We probably all agree that diversity is worth striving for in the abstract, but what does the practical application of diversity initiatives look like for a CEO of a 5-person startup, a small business owner, an employee of an evolving company, or a socially conscious solopreneur–and why does it matter? Join us in an important and nuanced conversation about where we are with diversity in tech and innovation, and where we want to go.
WE Scale: The 5 Ws of Resourcing Your Startup
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
If you are a woman entrepreneur focused on building a scalable, high-growth potential startup, then this is a workshop you won’t want to miss. Through a “WE” (Women Entrepreneurs) collaboration of women united by the goal of seeing more women develop, scale and lead new ventures in Minnesota, we’ve pulled together a panel of women who are ready to discuss the local and national resources that exist to support women entrepreneurs. We’ll cover the questions you’re asking about scaling your company: What is available to me? Where should I go? Who should I work with? When do I raise capital? … with a primary focus on “what” is available.
Who is presenting? Panel participants and discussion leaders from Sofia Fund, Capita3, COCO, MN Cup, Twin Cities Geekettes, Women Venture, and other women that will address the what, when, why, where and who questions you have as a woman entrepreneur.
Who should attend? Individuals from women-led startups and ventures with high-growth potential. Our discussions will center around topics that help women answer questions related to angel or venture capital financing, as well as other resources and tools that relate to the legal, financial and operational aspects of scaling a business.
Startup Grind - Chad Halvorson
Monday, June 13, 2016
Chad Halvorson the Founder and CEO of When I Work. Chad has successfully built 3 multi-million dollar companies, which are still operating today. When I Work is an employee scheduling app that more than 30,000 businesses and over half a million people rely on for employee scheduling, time clock, and communication through the web, mobile apps, text messaging, social media, and email. Over the past five years Chad has received numerous awards recognizing, including spots on Inc Magazine’s 25 Under 35, and the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.
NextNext Media / Ad Tech Summit
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Traditional media businesses are being rocked by new technologies, experimenting with new business models and fighting for that most valuable of commodities in the new economy–people’s attention. Ad blockers, native content, membership drives, big data, smartphones, AI, Virtual Reality… it’s a challenge just keeping up with the changes already underway in the media landscape, let alone anticipating the unfathomable terrain of the future.
Come to the NextNext: Media/Ad Tech Summit to find out how leading organizations and thinkers in media and advertising are coping with disruption and setting themselves up not only for for what’s next, but what’s “NextNext.” Trade in your anxiety for inspiration in the company of fellow adventurers in the uncharted territory of media in 2016…and beyond.
Best Practices for Start Ups – Using Basic Legal Documents
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
At this Lunch & Learn, Lisa Holter of Fredrikson & Byron will discuss when to use various basic legal documents, what pitfalls to avoid and will also offer tips on best practices. Types of documents to be covered will include:
- Consulting agreements
- Non-disclosure agreements
- Intellectual property assignments
Lisa Holter is Co-Chair of Fredrikson & Byron’s Private Equity Practice Group and is a member of the firm’s Corporate, Business and Tax Planning, Investment Management, Health Care Fraud & Compliance and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups. With 20 years of experience as a business and transaction lawyer, Lisa advises business owners, management, investors and corporate boards on start-up and organizational matters, M&A transactions, raising money, shareholder agreements, buy-outs and a variety of joint venture and other commercial transactions.