“Moscow is n°1 in Car-Sharing in Europe. The same could happen with coworking”

“Moscow is n°1 in Car-Sharing in Europe. The same could happen with coworking”

Maria Uvarova is a recognized expert in the Russian coworking spaces market. She is a member of the coordinating Council of the Russia National Association of serviced offices and coworking operators. We have interviewed Maria to find out more about the situation of the coworking market in this country.  Hi Maria. How can you depict the situation of coworking in Russia, in 2019? The coworking...

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Factory Berlin: “Half of the startups created in Berlin have been launched from our ecosystem”

Factory Berlin: “Half of the startups created in Berlin have been launched from our ecosystem”

Factory Berlin's aim is to become one of the world's biggest hub for innovators. And the goal is partly achieved. In 2018, more than 50% of all the startups created in Berlin were launched from Factory Berlin. Nowadays, Factory Berlin covers a community of 3.000 individual members, 80+ bigger startups, and 40 corporates. Martin Eyerer is the Chief Innovation Officer at Factory Berlin. He...

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Maria 01 to become the biggest startup campus in Europe

Maria 01 to become the biggest startup campus in Europe

Maria 01 is a Finnish non-profit combination of an entrepreneurial community, a selective campus for tech teams and a technology builders club. Owned in part by the same owners as the Nordic’s biggest startup conference, Slush (25.000 attendees every year), Maria 01 has begun the expansion of its Helsinki campus to become Europe’s largest startup campus. In the upcoming years, the campus will...

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Aticco: “Big coworking brands are slower and therein lies the opportunity of the smaller operators”

Aticco: “Big coworking brands are slower and therein lies the opportunity of the smaller operators”

Aticco is one of those interesting coworking growth stories which tells us that there is place for independent big players aside of WeWork or Spaces. Aticco is a born and raised coworking firm in Barcelona; a 3 years old brand that has managed to open 6 coworking spaces, around 25.000 m2 all together and without VC investment. We have interviewed Franz Pallerés, the Co-founder and Chief...

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Impact Hub: “Entrepreneurial networks as drivers for positive change”

Impact Hub: “Entrepreneurial networks as drivers for positive change”

As Impact Hub demonstrates, building an international coworking brand is not reserved to highly-funded companies taking up hundreds of thousands of square meters in the world’s best city location. Impact Hub is the world’s largest independent coworking spaces network, all supporting the development of entrepreneurial communities looking for a “societal impact”. As of today, Impact Hub is an umbrella supervizing more than 100 locations spread over 50+ countries, hosting close to 16.000 members. Each hub offers support in fields such as entrepreneurship, idea incubation and business development on top of the coworking service.
We have interviewed Flora Rosenow, Global Brand & Communications Director at Impact Hub Network, to learn about the secrets of their success, the challenges they faced and the vision and mission all hubs have in common.

Hello. After more than a decade of operation and so many locations now opened on the planet, what are the ingredients of Impact Hub’s success?

Our Impact Hubs are always driven by a local founding team, who not just understands the local context but also deeply cares about it, as most Impact Hub founders come from the area where they want to open an Impact Hub. They found independent businesses that are united by our vision to create a more just and sustainable world in a global network structure.

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Business Link: “We are slowly beginning to observe market segmentation in the flexible work space sector”

Business Link: “We are slowly beginning to observe market segmentation in the flexible work space sector”

Based in Stockholm, Skanska Commercial Development Europe counts among the biggest Real Estate Development company in Europe. Skanska owns Business Link, a fast growing coworking brand in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), currently operating 5 locations, in Poland and in the Czech Republic. We have interviewed Jaroslaw Bator, Managing Director at Business Link & Business Development...

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Wojo: “By 2022 we expect to open 1.200 coworking addresses all over Europe within Accor hotels.”

Wojo: “By 2022 we expect to open 1.200 coworking addresses all over Europe within Accor hotels.”

In 2019 Nextdoor became Wojo, accelerating its development and creating the ambition to become the leading European coworking network. Two years before, Accor Group, one of the biggest international hotel companies on the planet (operating brands such as Ibis, Mercure, Sofitel, etc.) had taken a 50% share in Nextdoor, by then 100% owned by the real estate company Bouygues Immobilier.

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“Don’t put all your efforts on designing a lobby that only looks good on Instagram!”

“Don’t put all your efforts on designing a lobby that only looks good on Instagram!”

SocialWorkplaces.com, organizer of the Coworking Europe conference, was invited by Mipim PropTech Europe 2019 to organize an unconference during this month conference in Paris. During two sessions of 1 hour each, we organized discussions with close to 40 participants.
Prior to the event, delegates had the opportunity to suggest topics they wanted to be discussed. Participants proposed to cover areas such as community management, members flow data analysis, profitability or the integration of new IoT devices or software, in order to optimize space operations.

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CIC: “We plan to open 50 new coworking locations in the coming 10 years!”

CIC: “We plan to open 50 new coworking locations in the coming 10 years!”

Born a few kilometers away from the Harvard University campus, the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) has been a home for great entrepreneurs leading fast-growing companies since 1999. In 2018, CIC raised US$ 58 millions from HB Reavis, the Bratislava based real estate developer. We have interviewed Kari Mruz, the General Manager at CIC Warsaw, to find out more about CIC values, mission, strategies and plans for the future. Kari will also be a speaker at the Coworking Europe 2019 conference, this fall.

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