St. Louis-based coworking company Rise Collaborative is opening its second location this month in Denver. Founded by Stacy Taubman, Rise is a space that caters to professional, established women.
While Denver has an abundant amount of coworking options throughout the city, there is still a need and demand for female-led and -focused workspaces. Rise is one of the first of its kind to open in the city.
The 10,000 square foot Denver location already has 70 committed members in the Hale neighborhood. Rise partners with companies such as Nanno to help members with childcare needs. The office is female-focused, but male friendly according to Taubman.
Taubman left her job as a high school math teacher after launching her tutoring and coaching company for young women called Girls Dreaming Big, which was created after one of her students died by suicide. She soon realized that working at home and out of coffee shops was not the ideal environment, and that’s when Rise came to fruition.
Rise’s first location in St. Louis opened in January 2017 and currently has 270 members. Denver was the next choice in expansion due to the large amount of women-owned businesses in the area (about 88,000).
The overall goal for the company still holds true through the Rise Society, a nonprofit that pairs up high school girls with Rise members for mentorship and inspiration.