How to Startup in Cologne
#1: How to find the perfect office for your startup
Choosing the right soil when planting a sprout is the first important step to ensure whatever you planted will grow and thrive. Everything else will follow.
Choosing your first office correctly, analogously, is immensely important. Your work surroundings will influence you every single day & you therefore should choose an environment that you can benefit from. And vice versa. This is where coworking spaces come in handy. Those places are salad bowls full of different ideas, creative heads, inspiring people and opportunities. So when deciding on the first soil you want to plant your sprout, you should definitely give coworking spaces a try.
The advantages of coworking spaces
Especially smaller teams, some of which only consist of the founders, often choose coworking spaces as their first office because of the flexibility of the contract and the costs involved. Here in Cologne you can find a wide range of coworking offers with meanwhile about 30 providers. Often these coworking spaces also offer the opportunity to accompany the company through the various phases of its development. While in the founding phase one decides on the lively and cheaper open-plan office, for the next phase there is the possibility to get own premises in the coworking space. These range from small two-person offices to 30-40 persons (or even more, e.g. WeWork).
You want more options?
Of course there are more options than just coworking spaces. If you don’t want to rely only on coworking, you should also look at digital platforms like sharednc (by the way a Cologne-based startup). There you can rent flexible office space all over Cologne. If you don’t find what you are looking for here either, it is advisable to call up the relevant startup/digital groups via social media and take a look at classic platforms such as immowelt, immoscout and kalaydo.
For a general call for office search you can post in:
- Cologne Startups – Facebook Group (english)
- Internetstadt Köln – Facebook Group
- Treffpunkt Startplatz – Facebook Group
- Startplatz Slack Channel (only on invitation/for tenants)
Here, you can find an overview of all available coworking spaces in North Rhine-Westphalia (28 of them in Cologne): https://www.droid-boy.de/coworking/
Quelle: Droid-boy.de / Thomas Riedel
Frequently visited coworking spaces in Cologne
- District Coworking
- HEADQUARTER[S] Downtown
- okandada Cologne City
- WeWork Friesenplatz
- shareDnC – flexible offices
- setting.io – flexible offices
- Regus Cologne – high-quality offices, 11x locations
- Design Offices Cologne – high-quality offices, 3x locations
- Allofficecenters – Business Center Rental Platform
- Wndrfuel – Coworking Space und Speciality Coffee
I wish you all the best in your search for the perfect office for your startup!
Do you know other possibilities and platforms for the office search in Cologne? Let us know in the comments!