The 5th largest city in the state of Minnesota, Bloomington sits on the north bank of the Minnesota River about 16km south of downtown Minneapolis. The city was built as a post-World War II housing suburb and is serviced by 2 major freeways, Interstate 35W and Interstate 494. Apart from its suburban vibe, it is home to a large-scale commercial development that is the United States' largest enclosed shopping center "The Mall of America", the Hyland Lake Park Reserve and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
Over the last 9 years the tech community has come together and grown substantially. Today experienced entrepreneurs serve as mentors for programs and have created support systems with coworking venues becoming the de rigueur places to hang out in collaborative bliss. The local entrepreneurs are shy about telling their own stories, but there is definitely upward movement with plenty of startups, investors and collaborators working in the region. The common thread amongst them all is the desire to solve real problems, rather than setting up "nice to have" goals.
Coworking venues are doing their bit in attempting to forge a thriving community of likeminded souls by offering not just a place to work, but somewhere to gather for support and the sharing of ideas.
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