Students push for coworking space on Boulder’s Hill

Boulder very well could gain yet another coworking space if funding comes through for a group affiliated with the University of Colorado.

The Colorado Daily reported that a committee of CU students, staff and a city of Boulder representative want to open a coworking facility in a 5,400-square-foot space on The Hill in Boulder.

Nlab mentor, Chris Gnanakone, left, helps CU student, Willy Ogorzaly with questions about entrepreneur projects at CU at the mobile nLab that was at the University Memorial Center on Feb. 22. Credit: Cliff Grassmick

Nlab mentor Chris Gnanakone, left, helps CU student, Willy Ogorzaly with questions about entrepreneur projects at CU at the mobile nLab that was at the University Memorial Center on Feb. 22. Credit: Cliff Grassmick

The group, which includes members of CU-Boulder’s nLab, hopes to raise between $500,000 and $600,000 to open the facility, which would provide free work spaces, mentoring services and other resources to student entrepreneurs.

Committee member Ben Buie told the Colorado Daily that if the money comes through, the space could open by the time school starts up next fall.

“We want the coworking and incubator space to have helpful programs and scholarships, to have space for innovation around campus,” Buie said. “Right now, there are similar spaces around Boulder, but they require expensive monthly subscriptions that students can’t really afford, and this would be free for students.”

A cluster of coworking facilities — where individuals can work independently or with others in a shared working environment — have popped up in recent years in Boulder.

Earlier this month, the city played host to the inaugural Boulder Coworking Week.

 

About Alicia Wallace

Alicia Wallace is the business reporter for the Boulder Daily Camera.
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    This is a great plan, have the group considered asking help from private organizations? Usually such organizations donates specially if the project if for a good cause.

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