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CoCo partners with Google to encourage tech entrepreneurs

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Tech giant Google is teaming up with CoCo, a co-working operation in the Twin Cites, to host a series of events, conferences and social mixers aimed at boosting entrepreneurship in Minnesota, The Line reports. The two-year partnership was announced Wednesday morning at CoCo's Grain Exchange space in downtown Minneapolis.

"We believe entrepreneurship drives innovation and economic growth," Google entrepreneurship manager John Lyman said in a statement, the Pioneer Press reports. "We see that happening in Minnesota and particularly at CoCo."

The Business Journal says a full event schedule for this year is still being finalized, but gives a glimpse of what's to come. The first event in the series, a Google Developer Group meetup, will be held Wednesday night.

Last month, CoCo co-founder Don Ball said, “I believe Google’s interest in our region is an important signal to the rest of the nation that Minnesota is fast becoming an incubation hub for startups and entrepreneurs," Tech.MN reported.

Google launched its global entrepreneurship initiative in September -- created to connect entrepreneurs around the world and provide them with access to resources.

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