CoFound Grand Island

CoFound Grand Island is a startup collaborative focused on providing a space to foster shared working experience between founders who are actively working on high-scale potential projects.


CoFound exists to develop a startup culture in Grand Island and the surrounding area. This is accomplished through developing a community of startups, entrepreneurs, and tech-minded individuals operating within a strong mentor network of local businesses and organizations.

What exactly is a “startup culture”? A startup is simply a business with one key distinction… a high growth potential. Startups are formed by merging entrepreneurs with new ideas. Generally, we refer to them as founders. Founders are men or women who have created something new or have found a new way of thinking about an old problem. The startup culture is a highly intentional approach towards developing an environment to encourage and create founders.

We have identified two problems in the Grand Island community. The lack of custom solution providers and the scarcity of potential jobs for future generations in technology. We know that high growth companies have a strong dependency on technology. If CoFound can encourage a thriving environment for custom solution providers, we will see the continued growth of the opportunities and capabilities of this community.

The lack of custom solution providers is what we call the “Capacity Gap”. Companies in the Grand Island area have grown to the size that they now demand custom solutions to problems. However, Grand Island currently does not have a strong ecosystem of custom software and hardware solution providers forcing companies to look outside of the Grand Island area to fill their unique needs.

Grand Island’s more urgent problem is the scarcity of technology jobs, we call this the “Workforce Gap”. Grand Island has invested an incredible amount of resources and time into educating the next generations of future tech and entrepreneur types. However, with little opportunities locally, a large portion of these future innovators are forced to move out of the Grand Island area or worse, move on, giving up on their dreams of working in those fields.

CoFound very intentionally resides inside The Hedde building downtown. This beautiful old building has been transformed into The Hedde Collective. The Hedde Collective is a co-working space specially designed for entrepreneurs and startups.

Services Provided

Networking Organizations

  • Geographically Based

Office, Incubator, Accelerator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Coworking Space

Product Development

  • Prototype Development


  • Peer Mentoring
Contact Information
Jonathan Rhoades
214 North Locust #1
Grand Island, NE 68801