Island Business Helps Digital Businesses Get Started | Nebraska News
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) – Grand Island’s tech industry is growing. Among the local companies at the forefront is CoFound.
Located at 214 N. Locust St., CoFound helps digital entrepreneurs develop their ideas and provides them with the necessary software.
“Our ultimate goal here is to create a launching pad for other businesses,” said founder Jon Rhoades. “We want to invite people who are in the growth stage, at the early stage, when they are struggling, to get growth or capital, whatever they need, and help them cross that path.”
Since launching in November 2020, CoFound has helped build several new digital businesses, according to The Grand Island Independent.
These include ValiData Outcome Services, which helps agencies that work with people who suffer from drug addiction.
“As they go through this process, what usually happens is that they are sent out into the world with no tracking or limited tracking,” Rhoades said. “ValiData helps solve this problem through a digital platform. “
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CoFound also helped launch Yo.City, a mobile application platform that maps cities for use by a chamber of commerce.
“This is a digital brochure for the city so that she can share what her city has, what her destination has to offer,” Rhoades said.
The Locust Street space is open to people to explore their ideas.
“We usually get three or four crazy ideas a month that come in here,” Rhoades said, “and we go through them and figure out what it would take to take the next step. “
Logic Nebraska (formerly Nemetric), led by Jeremy Heeg, is participating in these efforts and helping to develop custom software for digital entrepreneurs.
The company has served central Nebraska for a decade, Heeg said.
“With the arrival of CoFound as a software development store, it goes hand in hand with some of these efforts that CoFound is helping to launch,” he said. “It raises awareness that Logic exists, but also helps some of these startups with tech advice and tries to help them spread their wings and fly. “
Digital entrepreneurship is still a new paradigm for many people, Rhoades said.
“We’re software as a service, and it’s the industry we’re probably most familiar with,” he said. “We are also both business owners, which helps develop the business side. Our goal is to eventually create a business that could exist on Grand Island.
Starting a startup can be difficult, Heeg said.
“As we have ventured into this arena, we have realized that it is difficult to find these resources,” he said. “CoFound is a medium for anyone who wants to start something on their own. We want to help them, help them make the connections that we struggled to make, so that they can be more successful.
He added: “Really, it’s just about helping people.”
Such efforts benefit Grand Island and its economy.
“We can withdraw money from anywhere in the world,” Rhoades said. “As a digital platform, I can build a service that someone in California might want to take advantage of. So now we’ve transferred money from California to Grand Island, Neb., Which is huge.
Grand Island has advantages over other regions, Rhoades said.
“Because we are small and nimble, we can move the city to surround and support this startup, while other places are too small and have no resources or are too big and it takes too long to bring the players in the room. to create an environment more conducive to the take-off of this startup, ”he said.
CoFound also hosts IdeaStorm, a monthly gathering.
“There are three pitches where someone comes in and talks about an idea or a problem they’re passionate about,” Heeg said. “The other half is just a discussion around these concepts and what the other participants see as something they want to talk about.”
Rhoades, originally from Central City, has a long career in the tech profession.
“I’ve done everything from escalating cell phone towers to setting up wireless internet to working with small businesses to get their servers running properly,” he said. .
As CoFound’s first year draws to a close, Rhoades said the effort has been “encouraging”.
“We’ve seen people come forward and want to participate. And from there we saw businesses and ideas launched, ”he said. “It was easy to connect with the local government. From these connections we have seen quite a bit of funding and help. The community itself really accepted. This city center really looks like a small village. They want every business here to grow. Being a part of this energy is pretty exciting.
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