Cowork Rochester

Specialty Co-working

Posted in coworking, news coverage by Erik on February 15, 2010

The New York Times has an article today about a specialty co-working location Green Spaces (NY) which is focusing in on the needs of environmental startups as well as running a green business. With Rochester so heavily focused on medicine, could this area support a more focused co-working facility that was geared toward bio-technology? It’s clear that the larger environmental movement nation-wide is taking hold in a big way in the co-working space and should be included in any local efforts to create a co-working facility, bio-tech focused or not.

The future bio-technology park in Pine Island seems to indicate that traditional co-working may be to “small” to handle the needs of the medical industry. However, it’s also clear that gathering of any industry vertical together into one location is beneficial. Rochester’s smaller information based businesses would certainly benefit from the presence of a co-working facility.


Co-working Plus

Posted in Uncategorized by Erik on February 8, 2010

Inc. ran an article last month about a new trend in co-working which is being dubbed Co-working plus. Co-working plus can “offer services to entrepreneurs beyond the sense of community and networking that co-working traditionally supplies.” Offering access to investors and mentoring without the traditional business incubator model that requires an application processes to gain access to resources. Taking co-working plus a slightly different way, it could be thought of  business incubator light.

The business incubator model isn’t new to this region. Owatonna has the closest incubator to Rochester I was able to locate. The Owatonna Business Incubator caters heavily to manufacturing startups. The Minnesota BioBusiness Center in downtown Rochester would be a ripe location to see a new bio-tech or technology incubator or open up.

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