Israeli company MINDSPACE is due to open Hamburg’a biggest co-working space in the Alten Klöpperhaus at Rödingsmark in April. Up to 600 fully equipped, high-tech desk spaces are to be created on 4,000 square metres of office space there. Another office is being planned for Berlin making them MINDSPACE’s first international locations. Israel has over 4,000 start-ups and MINDSPACE already operates two co-working spaces in Tel Aviv. The risk capital invested per head is higher than in any other country and Tel Aviv ranks second behind Silicon Valley as a top location for founders.
Internal networking events
Dan Zakai, CEO and Co-founder of MINDSPACE, said: “Hamburg is a centre of innovation and creativity, and we are pleased to offer companies a new home at MINDSPACE that inspires them for new achievements.” A team of community and IT managers offers members support. Frank Horch, Hamburg Minister of Economy, Transport, and Innovation, added: “In Germany, Hamburg is a leading location for technology-oriented start-ups. MINDSPACE provides excellent conditions to connect Hamburg’s vibrant scene with Tel Aviv’s network.”
The MINDSPACE concept provides best working conditions 24/7 for companies of all sizes. In its boutique-style interior, young entrepreneurs can find desk spaces and private offices plus the latest conference technology in all meeting and telepohone rooms. Lounges and a coffee bar invite people to relax and network. Community managers take care of members’ needs and an IT team covers all digital aspects. Additionally, members benefit from special deals with corporate partners such as Amazon and Microsoft, as well as financial service providers and fitness clubs. Members can use free MINDSPACE bicycles to travel around the city quickly.
Club membership offers flexibility
MINDSPACE is the latest in a whole series of co-working spaces in Hamburg. The betahaus in the popular Schanzenviertel is a central meeting point for people in the founder scene. Not only do co-working spaces offer desks and internet access, they also stage many events, hold competitions, award ceremonies and talks by experts. Over 340 users go to betahaus regularly to make contacts, swop ideas and give feedback. There are also betahaus in Barcelona, Berlin and Sofia which can be accessed with a club membership. Dr. Rolf Strittmatter, CEO of HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation, said: “In Hamburg, MINDSPACE creates room for startups from Tel Aviv to become active in Hamburg.”
MINDSPACE is organising inspiring networking events such as founder presentations, start-up speed dating, courses, and workshops. Its multimedia event space is available to both members and external guests. Members can contact each other using the MINDSPACE app or reserve rooms and organize events, share information and access the knowledge of the other MINDSPACE members from all over the world. The company’s Facebook page offers information on upcoming openings of new co-working spaces, MINDSPACE events, or job postings.
MINDSPACE will also lauch a co-working space in Berlin in April. The 5,000 square metre office will be inaugurated in the Quartier 206 or “The Q” department store in Friedrichstrasse 68. MINDSPACE will be close to internet giants like Google or Delivery Hero. “We are very pleased to start a new MINDSPACE community in such extraordinary cities like Hamburg and Berlin, home of many young, but also renowned companies”, said Zakai, adding: “It’s not only going to be Hamburg and Berlin. We are already planning the launch of further MINDSPACE locations in Germany.”
Contact point for international founders
Shhared in Altona also offers workspaces for founders and freelancers and boost the atmosphere in the Klinkerbau beside the Bahrenpark. The Englishman, Alex Ahom founded Shhared, which is now valued by international founders and freelancers as an entry point to the local scene. Ahom is well aware of the problems often faced by the self-employed with little or no knowledge of the German language.
InnoGames GmbH was founded in 2007 and now has 350 employees from around 30 countries in its main base in Hamburg. The three company founders Hendrik and Eike Klindworth and Michael Zillmer have personal experience of the opportunities and risks associated with their venture and now seek to share their experiences with future start-ups. To this end, InnoGames has established a co-working space named InnoHub for founders on the second floor of their offices in Hamburg City Süd. The leasers are supported as part of a mentoring program in which industry experts answer all kinds of queries about founding a company.
Café or workbox atmosphere
Achim Schulz and Heino Weber from Designagentur punCt hit on the idea of creating slightly personalised, favourite co-working spaces and created “places”. Their offices in downtown Hamburg offer temporary working spaces over 600 square metres. The atmosphere caters to all kinds of wishes and varies from that of a café, Nordic-style living room or workbox with opaque curtains. The workspaces are modern, Café Ray is available for catering and a private cinema can also be rented.