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Harvard Square startup space Koa Labs is expanding to second location

Posted by Scott Kirsner  April 1, 2013 02:50 PM

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Koa Labs is barely five months old, and already the shared workspace for entrepreneurs is adding a second location, just a block away from the first. The expansion will more than double the space Koa operates, says founder Andy Palmer, himself a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. In total, Koa will now be able to rent out more than fifty desks to entrepreneurs and investors. Desks cost $450 per month at Koa, which is the only co-working space currently operating in Harvard Square.

The new location, which just opened today, is at 66 Church Street, not far from the Brattle Theatre. Palmer is getting an assist with the expansion from the Experiment Fund, a Harvard-affiliated venture capital firm run by Hugo Van Vuuren. "We're both providing funding for the [new] space," says Palmer, who adds that the "goal of Koa is to just cover the costs of running the space with minimal overhead."

Among the tenants already based Koa are Data Tamer; Matter.io, focused on distributing content to 3D printers; and PushPage, which publishes a kind of Playboy interview updated for the social media age.

(Photo of the PushPage team at work provided by Koa.)

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