Popular Oregon District entrepreneur coshare expanding near WSU

Nucleus CoShare, a hotspot, co-sharing work area for entrepreneurs in the Miami Valley, is expanding to a new location in Fairborn.

The new office, located across from Wright State University, will be at 3040 Presidential Drive. It is expected to be up-and-running by the end of the year if all goes as planned. It was the space where the presidential debate office was located before Wright State University pulled out of hosting the event.

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Lauren White and Daved Levitan — members of the Nucleus leadership team — sat down with the Dayton Daily News to share details about the future of the entrepreneurial scene in the Miami Valley. They said this new location is a push toward uniting the community for a common goal — creating a “hub” of startup activity in the region.

White said the first Nucleus location, which is centered in the Oregon District at 411 E. 5th St., will remain open. Nucleus is partnering with the city of Fairborn and Wright State University in the new project.

The location and idea was Fairborn’s desire to have a co-sharing workspace in the city. Rob Anderson, the economic development director for Fairborn, said entrepreneurship can be an asset and a driver for economic development.

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“We didn’t have the expertise in co-sharing spaces to do this so we consulted Nucleus members,” Anderson said. “We asked them how they did it and they decided to become partners with us.”

The space is owned by Wright State, and they will lease it out to the Nucleus team. The space will be renovated to have a more artistic, open feel for “millennials, entrepreneurs and artists alike,” according to Anderson. The Fairborn Development Corporation has alloted a $50,000 authorization to get the space ready for occupancy.

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Renovations will include eliminating some cubicles and doing some work to elevate ceilings.

“It will have a less corporate feel,” Levitan said.

White said this development is in alignment with a future vision for a supportive startup environment. In early September, the first Dayton Startup Week will be hosted by several different city partners. The goal is to bring entrepreneurs together to form a “network of support.”

“We have a good position geographically for entrepreneurship with Wright State and the airforce base,” Anderson said.

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