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North Idaho tech start-up expands

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Inside a 100-year old building, a coffee shop, office spaces and computers take up the floor space.

Much different from a year ago at this time when construction barrels and tape crossed the old Elks building in downtown Coeur d’Alene.

For Innovation Collective founder, Nick Smoot, it’s a place he calls home.

“Sometimes it feels like forever but then you realize it's only been about less than 12 months,” Smoot said.

The Innovation Den is home to many tech companies and entrepreneurs moving to the area and starting up shop.

They’ve even got the computer science department for the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene in the basement.

Limitless potential, for an area that Smoot says is growing in the tech industry.

“We’ve been able to pair up with big brands or really big names in tech and they are receiving tens of millions of dollars in investment now which is really exciting,” he said.

The den has become a hit, so much so that they’ve actually purchased the building across the street that was up for sale to add office spaces and yard games.

“We already have a list of tenants for that one,” Smoot said.

Smoot added they plan to open the new space in June.

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