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A culture of innovation and entrepreneurship doesn’t develop overnight, but what a difference a year makes.

One year ago, Green Bay geeked out over AOL co-founder Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest coming to town to highlight and invest in Green Bay area startups.

Now, the community has not one, but two co-working spaces intent on catering to independent contractors, the self-employed, gig economy workers and entrepreneurs. T2 Accelerator, 340 N. Broadway, Suite 200, will introduce itself to the community with an open house at 2 p.m. Aug. 2. It joins Rise & Grind, which rolled out the welcome mat on the third floor of the Brown County Library earlier this year.

T2’s open house will include tours, information about the space,  membership discount offers and refreshments.

T2 is a nonprofit coworking space where individuals and companies can sign up for short- or long-term memberships. A one-day pass is $15, and monthly membership starts at $99. Business memberships begin at $150.

The fees cover a certain number of free copies, access to very high-speed internet and conference room time. Mail service, storage, more copies and other services can be added on for additional fees.

To date, T2 has about 30 members, Executive Director Marcus Dumke said.   

Dumke said T2 aims to become a hub for innovation, a space where ideas and education take center stage. He said his goal is to tie the region’s newfound spirit of innovation to the area’s established industries such as manufacturing, health care and logistics.

“An innovation hub needs to work for more than just the next startup company with five employees. This isn’t Shark Tank or Silicon Valley,” Dumke said. “T2 is for the student, gig worker, corporate employee and entrepreneur who need work, project and conference space tied together with specific programming to get them from now to next.”

To that end, T2 will offer workshops, micro-grants, events and business development seminars. It also plans to seek sponsorships from local businesses to support its mission and investment in technology for the site.


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