CO+HOOTS, founded in 2010 as central Phoenix’s first coworking space, provides a professional, self-sustaining space designed to grow entrepreneurial, startup and small business communities. Recently ranked the No. 1 Most Innovative Coworking Space in the U.S., CO+HOOTS continues to cultivate Arizona’s largest collaborative community and is a major driver of local economic development.
The collaboration with CO+HOOTS includes an 10,000 square foot expansion onto Gillett Hall, providing CO+HOOTS with their second coworking space. The best perk of the relationship, however, is the creation of an intensive entrepreneur immersIon program called CO+HOOTS Institute of Entrepreneurship at Benedictine. Students entering the program will learn through parallel educational pathways: the theoretical learning provided by Benedictine University will happen in the classroom and through CO+HOOTS, they will put those theories in action. These emerging entrepreneurs will build, launch and grow sustainable businesses with the guidance of CO+HOOTS’ leadership team and within CO+HOOTS’ coworking space in Mesa. They will do this alongside the community and network of CO+HOOTS’ established entrepreneurs, who will also serve as mentors, guides and even employers.
The Institute will also better prepare students to enter the workforce and arm them with a competitive advantage. The transferable skills and entrepreneurial mindset of grit, leadership, creativity, collaboration, effective communication and critical thinking will all be practiced and instilled in the student participants. The CO+HOOTS Institute for Entrepreneurship at Benedictine is unique and compliments the City of Mesa’s Downtown Innovation District.
“Early in the conversations with CO+HOOTS founder and CEO, Jenny Poon, we were able to recognize a fantastic alignment of values. The focus on community, the desire to develop young people into the leaders of tomorrow, and the parallels of starting a campus, line well with starting a new business. We’re proud to be able to help bring CO+HOOTS to downtown Mesa’s Innovation District and we are excited to witness the impact they will bring to the students of Benedictine University Mesa.”
"This is a big deal. We are thrilled to welcome CO+HOOTS to Benedictine University in downtown Mesa. CO+HOOTS cultivating a new coworking community and BenU students gaining insight into entrepreneurship will add depth to our growing innovation district.”
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