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Trailhead to double in size, build home for code school

Trailhead is opening a second location in 8th Street Marketplace in November. Photo by Benton Alexander Smith.

Trailhead is opening a 2nd location at 8th Street Marketplace in November. Photo by Benton Alexander Smith.

The shared co-working space for entrepreneurs in downtown Boise, Trailhead, is about to double in size.

Trailhead opened in Boise in April 2015 in order to help incubate startups and to build a culture of entrepreneurship. Today, Trailhead has more than 300 members, 50 companies and a need for more space.

Trailhead is opening a second location at 404 S. Eighth Street, the same building as Black Box VR and Balihoo. The location is  under construction and is expected to open November 1, said Raino Zoller, executive director of Trailhead.

“We have experienced a lot more growth than we anticipated and a lot of our companies are getting to the point they need access to office space, but want to stay close to the Trailhead community,” Zoller said.

The new location will feature offices, meeting rooms and desks for members to rent. It will also house classes for its new partner Boise CodeWorks. Boise CodeWorks offers 12-week programs in beginning and intermediate development skills.

“Most of our startups are tech companies, but there is a broad range,” Zoller said. “Pretty much all of them have a need for IT though, whether it is for a website or something more advanced.”

“Since we have such a great demand for coders, we realized we need to help add to the talent pool,” Zoller said. “This will make a permanent home for the code school.”

About Benton Alexander Smith

Benton Alexander Smith is a reporter for the Idaho Business Review, covering the Idaho Legislature, new business, technology and financial services.