Las Vegas’ tech scene is attracting a growing number of startups, and with them techies and creatives looking for workplaces that will foster collaboration and growth without breaking the bank. Enter co-working—a trend that has taken off in other cities and is just now gaining a firm foothold in Las Vegas. From brand-new incubators to popular coffee shops, co-working spaces provide an easy way for entrepreneurs to socialize, network and business-build all in one spot. Here are some of the Valley’s best places to plug in a laptop.
Work in Progress
This new location just a few blocks from The Beat coffeehouse offers a variety of workspaces, from a desk in the communal lounge (where a shared desk costs $50 a month) to a private office (at $1,000 a month). Members can attend networking events and workshops, or tame that entrepreneurial energy with yoga and massage sessions. You might run into employees of app startup Rolltech Bowling grabbing a snack in the kitchen; the company rents an office on the second floor. Work in Progress also oversees membership for usr/lib, a co-working space upstairs at The Beat, and plans to open two more locations—one at 701 Bridger Avenue and another inside loft complex Juhl. 317 S. 6th Street. workinprogress.lv
The brainchild of Switch Communications founder Rob Roy, InNEVation Center is a co-working space with partnerships with several state agencies for economic growth (including the State of Nevada Economic Development Office and Gov. Brian Sandoval) as well as NV Angels and banks to help startups find funding. The red, white and black decor adds a swanky touch to the many conference rooms, lounge areas, and communal work tables. Among the inNEVators you’ll see in the halls are employees of Tracky, the social collaboration and publishing platform, and Coupla, a website that organizes couples-only outings. (Prospective members must submit an application including a company description and an optional video.) And hey, if it’s Switch, you know the Internet is fast. 6795 Edmond St. innevation.com
One Dollar Office Space
This co-working space inside the Holsum Design Center on Charleston offers one of the best deals in town. The Glenn Group, a public relations and marketing agency, is leasing up to 1,000 square feet to a tech startup for $1 a month for a year. The trendy loft-style space is dog-friendly and has a nursery for parents who want to bring their newborns. Abe Froman Productions and Greg Anderson Photography also occupy the building, so photo and video shoots are common. The only way to be considered is to submit a video application through Instagram and tag it with #1DollarOfficeSpace. A panel of techies and Downtown stakeholders will interview the applicants and choose a winner. Visit their website for more details.
If you’re a fan of open floor plans and high ceilings, CoBiz might be a good fit. Located close to I-215, this West Las Vegas co-working space offers desks and conference rooms, as well as a stocked kitchen and some of the more affordable rates, from a $10 drop-in day pass up to $350 per month for a dedicated desk. Entrepreneurs in need of a break can unwind with arcade games from the ‘80s and ‘90s, vintage pinball or darts. Free day passes are also offered through their website for those who want to tour the space. 6445 S. Tenaya Way, Suite 120.
Henderson Business Resource Center
For Hendersonians who want to stay close to home, the Henderson Business Resource Center offers a good local option. Up to 10 businesses can reside in their offices, and they offer six-month leases that can be renewed for up to two years. Meeting rooms are available to rent, and you’ll be rubbing elbows with members of the local chamber of commerce. Visit their website for more information and to apply. 112 Water St. Henderson.
If you’re a fashionista who wants to make a career of it, Downtown style lab Stitch Factory offers design and photography studios as well as co-working spaces. Daily memberships start at $15, and monthly memberships start at $495, with different rates for designers, photographers and others just looking for co-working space. The 5,500-square-foot space also offers a speakers series and consultations on branding. 300 Las Vegas Blvd. N, Suite 120. stitchfactory.com
Bars and Coffee Shops
Sometimes the most fruitful (and fun!) networking happens while grabbing a cup of coffee or sitting on a barstool. The best part? Membership costs no more than the price of a drink. If you’re looking for those informal, impromptu meetings with other entrepreneurs and creatives, here are the best places for you.
The Beat/Emergency Arts
Once the only co-working game Downtown, this coffee shop/record store/gallery complex has remained a hub of neighborhood happenings, even as more options spring up around it. Work in Progress’s first co-working space, usr/lib, is located upstairs. The coffee shop is home to open mic nights on Mondays, and once a month hosts DTLV.com’s live interview series, Frequency. You’ll find many members of the local tech scene here for meetups, or just grabbing a sandwich. 520 Fremont St. thebeatlv.com
A Downtown Project development, the new Gold Spike is a blend of bar and study hall. During the day, you’ll find locals with laptops typing away on one of the benches or beanbag chairs in the middle of the expansive bar area. Once a casino-hotel, The Gold Spike was recently re-opened sans gaming machines, and serves as the Downtown Project’s unofficial office. If you want a break from work, you can play cornhole on the outdoor patio. 217 Las Vegas Blvd. N.
Non-Downtowners looking for the coffee shop co-working lifestyle can head to Sambalatte near Tivoli Village. This two-story java joint features a homey environment for Summerlin and West Las Vegas techies. 750 S Rampart Blvd. Suite 9. sambalatte.com
Many office-less techies in need of caffeinated co-working are heading to the new Grouchy John’s on South Maryland Parkway. A nice alternative to the many co-working spaces in Downtown, Grouchy John’s is a prime location for those in Henderson and Silverado Ranch. 8520 S Maryland Pkwy. grouchyjohns.com