SPN interviews Alexander Grgurich of Foundry Coworking
Alexander Grgurich may be young but he's already found many ways to contribute to the greater Des Moines community. He was raised here, graduated from Drake University, serves as a city councilman in the suburbs, and is now in the final stages of launching a new venture: Foundry Coworking.
The coworking concept is heating up as a cost effective and collaborative means to advance the entrepreneurial ecosystem in cities across the Midwest. Coworking brings freelance professionals and work-from-home entrepreneurs out of their houses and into a space and community where they can build off each other in an environment that empowers their creativity and helps them along a path to success. Foundry Coworking joins Impromptu Studio as dedicated hubs for such entrepreneurs to gather in the downtown area.
The Foundry project began nearly 18 months ago when Alexander recognized that he had a need for a such a space for some of his own entrepreneurial endeavors. He felt that there were other like-minded individuals in the area who would benefit from the space. The project took some time to get off the ground but Alexander feels that diversity amongst his "members" (tenants of the coworking space) is key and thus it was important to find "the right spot" and get the "right mix of people." The project has generated a lot of interest and a positive enough response that he's already looking into the possibility of acquiring more space.
Foundry is located in the 1312 Locust Street building in the Western Gateway neighborhood of downtown Des Moines.
Learn more about the companies that have signed on to Foundry, upcoming events at the facility and its future plans in the video (filmed amongst the construction) below.