Reporter- Phoenix Business Journal
Co+Hoots Foundation has started Co+Exchanges as an entrepreneur and co-worker exchange program and welcomed its first co+exchanger this week.
The foundation is celebrating Pro Bono Week this week, Oct. 20-25, with its first co+exchanger Matthew Manos, founder and managing partner of verynice, a global design and innovation consultancy that dedicates over 50 percent of its efforts toward free services for non-profit organizations.
Manos gave a presentation Wednesday at Co+Hoots on “How to give away half of your work for free.” He was named as one of “Seven millennials changing the world” by the Huffington Post.
“While at Co+Hoots, I had the incredible opportunity to see firsthand the potential of downtown Phoenix, and the passion that local entrepreneurs have in exemplifying what ‘community’ means for this fast growing start-up economy,” Manos said in an email. “The most rewarding part of my time in Phoenix was walking away knowing that several Co+Hoots members are now launching their own pro-bono initiatives inspired by verynice’s #GiveHalf business model.”
The Co+Exchange program was launched in Catania, Italy, in September, one of Phoenix’s sister cities.
The goal is to provide local entrepreneurs an opportunity to grow and build global connections, and bring entrepreneurs from around the globe to Phoenix to show them how Co+Hoots does things, said Co+Hoots Foundation co-founder and executive director Kristin Romaine.
“Phoenix is doing so much it’s a great opportunity for them to come here and see what it’s like,” Romaine said. “Our ultimate goal is to bring the most powerful innovators together to co-change the world.”
Hayley Ringle covers technology and startups for the Phoenix Business Journal.