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It’s a great boost for entrepreneurs … Bamboo Detroit to double its space

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By Detroit Daily Staff

Bamboo Detroit is growing and moving into a new site that will double the size of its current space on Brush Street by Ford Field.

The co-working space is expanding to a 6,000-square-foot space in the Julian C. Madison Building at 1420 Washington Boulevard, steps from Grand Circus Park.

It’s a great boost for Detroit’s entrepreneurial community.

Bamboo is not only the city’s largest co-working space by membership, it’s also very diverse. Forty percent of its members are women, 40 percent are minorities and 40 percent live in the city. These kinds of statistics are almost unheard of in the mostly male, mostly white startup space you might see lampooned in TV shows like Silicon Valley or books like Disrupted.

To achieve this, Bamboo has actively reached out into the neighborhoods and recently opening a satellite office on Mack between Chalmers and Alter. It also fosters a family-style culture with not just networking events, but potluck dinners and the like. In addition, it also keeps it entry-level price point affordable for early stage companies at $99 a month with a year commitment, or $149 month-to-month, for a basic shared desk.

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Build out is expected to be completed and the doors opened on the new space in January 2017. It will handle up to 300 entrepreneurs.

“Our city is filled with trailblazers. Along with support from other Detroit entrepreneurs, we’re building a new and innovative space to meet their needs. Bamboo Detroit provides a great workspace and a built-in network of colleagues to assist new and growing companies with almost every facet of their business,” says co-founder & CEO Amanda Lewan.

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Where the old location was all shared desks, the new space has room for team offices and dedicated desks as well. In short, there will be room for companies to grow.

Bamboo Detroit’s new space is being built in partnership with one of its locally owned members. Bamboo member NXT Design, a commercial interior design firm, has created a custom and high-quality interior design solution for the new creative space.

Gigabit internet will be provided by Rocket Fiber. Rightsize Facility, a nationwide office interiors and facilities services firm, has outfitted the new space with flexible furniture, including new glass modular offices, collaborative workstations and seating.

The expansion of Bamboo is privately funded with partial grant support from Motor City Match.

– Reprinted with permission from Daily Detroit

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