Impact Hub’s downtown Minneapolis space is ‘coworking with a heart’ – Minneapolis / St. Paul – Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal





When prospective members come to check out the coworking facilities at Impact Hub MSP, there is plenty to be impressed about — from the Herman Miller furniture and the free-flowing organic coffee to the state-of-the-art boardroom and outdoor patio with a great view of downtown Minneapolis.

“People see it and say, ‘This place is so cool,’ but that’s just the beginning,” said Keith Ischer, community innovation manager.

This isn’t your standard coworking space. “At a minimum, we’re coworking with a heart,” Ischer said. “This is a community of change, and we’re the ecosystem to support that.”

Impact Hub MSP is part of a global organization started in London in 2005 with an aim to support social entrepreneurs. It has since expanded to more than 100 locations in 60 countries.

The Minneapolis chapter gained acceptance into the organization in 2015 when it was located in the North Loop. In May, the company moved into the Kraus-Anderson block redevelopment in downtown Minneapolis as part of Finnegans House – a four-level brewery, taproom, social club and entrepreneurial center.

The move provided the company a chance to better customize space for their members — individuals and businesses that tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues from homelessness and clean water to hunger and voter registration.

“Our members are so varied. We wanted to have the capacity to serve everyone, whether it’s one person with an idea or an established business,” Ischer said. “It’s inherently expensive when trying to blaze your own path. Here, you don’t have to worry about internet connectivity or printer issues. When a person comes into a welcoming environment that’s turn-key, that’s very attractive. People can focus on what they’re most passionate about.”

Impact Hub MSP offers a number of options to use its coworking facilities from day passes to community memberships. The space itself features individual desks, meeting rooms, private phone booths and event space. There is also a wellness room, a professional office center and a shared member kitchen.

The kitchen, which is open and visible upon entry, is the heart of the space, Ischer said. “It’s an amazing asset. So much of community is based around meals. It’s where new ideas are born, new friendships fostered.”

“There’s something special about this space,” Ischer said.

  • Business: Co-working space
  • Interim CEO: Ixchel McKinnie
  • Employees: Five
  • Building: Finnegans House
  • Address: 817 Fifth Ave. S, Minneapolis
  • Office opened: May 2018
  • Size: 13,000 square feet
  • Floors: Fourth floor
  • General contractor: Kraus-Anderson
  • Architect: Gensler

Author:  By Mollee Francisco – Contributing Writer
Originally Published on December 4, 2018 at 05:09AM

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