Co-working Spaces More Than a Hot Trend

The rise in co-working was one of the nation’s top tech trends of 2016.

Mike Winder May 1, 2017

The rise in co-working was one of the nation’s top tech trends of 2016, and the Mountain West is keeping pace, benefitting countless startups in Idaho and Utah. “Emergent Research and Intuit predicts that by 2020, 43 percent of the workforce will be freelance and ‘on-demand,’” says David Edmunds, founder of Salt Mine Productive Workspace in Sandy, Utah. “Here in the Silicon Slopes of Utah, we are seeing this trend reflected in the tech and startup community.

The rise in the online economy has created a demand for co-working spaces to provide high-end collaborative environments and also the education and connection that entrepreneurs need. We like to say we are ‘democratizing the Google-style work experience.’”

Countless Startups Benefit

The trend is not just exploding in Utah. “Demand for co-working space in Boise has been growing significantly,” says Raino Zoller, executive director of Trailhead in Boise, Idaho. “In less than two years we’ve grown from zero to almost 400 members. Co-working spaces provide an environment that encourages interaction and collaboration. You’re likely to meet new interesting people almost every day.”

Zions Bank is a proud sponsor of a dozen co-working spaces in these two states, helping to nurture some of the hottest new companies in the West.

Following is a list of some of the co-working spaces in Utah and Idaho.

  • Trailhead. Located at 500 South and 8th Street in downtown Boise, Trailhead helps Boiseans start and scale businesses and high-impact projects.
  • Ketchum Innovation Center is a home for startup businesses and the hub of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Wood River Valley. 
  • Rendezvous is housed in the now city-owned Emporium Building on Logan’s Main Street, bringing Silicon Valley style co-working to Cache Valley.
  • Startup Ogden. A partnership with Ogden City and Weber State University resulted in the classy Startup Ogden, host to co-working, cash grants and in-house resources.
  • Pando Labs. Known as “Park City’s Innovation Center,” Pando Labs is a nonprofit, collaborative hub and co-working space.
  • Church & State. Located in a renovated 1893 church on Salt Lake City’s 400 South, Church & State is a no-strings-attached business incubator.
  • Impact Hub. Salt Lake’s chapter, located on State Street, taps into a global network of 90 locations with 15,000 members.
  • Hackers Founders Utah. A technology focused accelerator that brings together cooperative services with venture funding, Hackers Founders is located south of the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City.
  • Lassonde Studios. A new on-campus, co-working live/work space at the University of Utah, this bleeding-edge student incubator is already receiving national recognition.
  • Salt Mine Productive Workspace. A new center in Sandy, Salt Mine is also known for its great meeting spaces of various sizes.
  • Business Incubator at Miller Campus. This center, part of Salt Lake Community College’s Miller Campus in Sandy, assists innovative and scalable startups with mentoring and work space.
  • Startup Building. Offering outstanding co-working spaces and start-up suites in Provo, the Startup Building is serendipitously named after the Startup family who began operating a candy factory there in 1898.

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