Proximity partners with the State of Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) to help communities in rural areas in Colorado open coworking spaces by facilitating the Coworking 101 initiative of RTAP (Rural Technical Assistance Program, formerly Blueprint 2.0). After completion of Proximity’s School of Coworking and working with Startup Colorado to identify the business needs of these rural communities, we take these communities on a two-day coworking space tour in Denver.

Each of the unique spaces we toured has a different mission and model. Having the opportunity to learn from these spaces was an invaluable experience and we are grateful for the opportunity to get to work with rural communities throughout Colorado through RTAP. 

BUILD

Coworking 101 Tour: Radian BuildBUILD, a mission-driven workspace in Denver for community-serving organizations to connect, collaborate and create positive impact. BUILD is a project of Radian, a non-profit team of architects and urban designers implementing impactful design that promotes empowerment and inclusivity among communities. As a result of experiencing displacement from their previous workplace, they decided to create an affordable office space in Denver for community-serving organizations. BUILD’s hope is to cultivate a network of diverse groups that are eager to collaborate and increase impact in their communities.

Green Spaces

Coworking 101 Tour: Green Spaces Green Spaces is one of Colorado’s first coworking spaces! Green Spaces is a sustainable coworking community of like-minded individuals and businesses in the heart of Denver’s RiNo Arts District.  Green Spaces is in partnership with Blue Arrow Coworking in Winter Park, Colorado so members can cowork in Denver and Winter Park.  Green Spaces is the nation’s first eco coworking space with a 100 percent solar powered building with a focus on zero waste. Green Spaces is part of the Proximity Network. 

Steno

Coworking 101 Tour: Steno CoworkingSteno provides a friendly, comfortable atmosphere in a professional environment designed for productivity. They have a core belief in the power of proximity and the natural, organic benefits that are the result of working near complementary skillsets held by great people. There is a time for social hour, and a time to work. Steno’s focus is creating a great environment for people to work in and maximize their productivity, allowing more time for social activities when they leave at the end of each day.

Wayfinder Co-op

Coworking 101 Tour: Wayfinder CowrkingWayfinder is a community for a those inspired by the outdoors. While co-op membership is limited to brands and individuals working in the outdoor industry, coworkers don’t have to be working in the outdoor industry to make Wayfinder their home. Wayfinder is part of the Proximity Network

The Commons on Champa

Coworking 101 Tour: Commons on ChampaThe Commons on Champa is a charitable organization of the Downtown Denver Partnership founded to create a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in building an economically powerful center city. Their growing community is made up of organizations and individuals who share in this mission. They work together to make the most of all efforts to promote widespread economic prosperity now and in the future. The Commons on Champa’s shared values define their culture and help them fulfill their mission: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Inclusivity, Access, Give and Gain, Cooperation, Diversity, Courage. The Commons on Champa is part of the Proximity Network

Alchemy Creative Workspace

Coworking 101 Tour: Alchemy WorkspaceOffering coworking and shared office in Denver, Alchemy is creative workspace unlike any other. In an inspiring environment, flooded with natural light and valuable amenities, Alchemy provides the resources for a budding entrepreneur or small business to thrive. They know that the whole is greater than its individual parts. At Alchemy, they believe work becomes life experienced through relationships. Alchemy Creative Workspace is part of the Proximity Network.

The Alliance Center

Coworking 101 Tour: The Alliance Center The Alliance Center is a multi-faceted nonprofit with an event and collaborative working space. We convene and mobilize our network of non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, government agencies, academic institutions and community members to collaboratively create sustainability-focused solutions.

To learn more about the Coworking 101 grant through RTAP, click here. Applications are open to rural communities in Colorado through June 30, 2019.