Discovering Poland’s Coworking Ecosystem

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Analysing the market and counting all of coworking spaces, one can easily get the impression that Poland is rapidly evolving. Correct, but not every so-called coworking space is really a coworking office. 400-500 offices? According to CoworkingPoland, this picture has little to do with the facts, when one focuses exclusively on coworking offices for which the coworking is the key.

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Coworking? Yes, please

A quote from Wikipedia:

“Co-working is also the social gathering of a group of people who are still working Independently, but who share values and who are interested in the synergy that can happen…”

We are not talking here about a group of people working on laptops by their own, but about synergy – something greater than the sum of its parts. We are talking about a community of people who share the same values, who are open to new knowledge or ideas and who can make usage of the fact of working with others.

“Community + Working = Coworking” – the key is the community, not the desk.

The advantages of coworking are obvious – people satisfaction by this form of work, a way for startup to be raised and many others. Coworking is more than just a desk for rent. It is a community and cooperation. According to http://coworking.com:

“The coworking movement espouses five core values: community, openness, collaboration, sustainability, and accessibility.”

and the wiki page for http://coworking.com:

“The idea is simple: independent professionals and those with workplace flexibility work better together than they do alone. Coworking spaces are about community-building and sustainability. Participants agree to uphold the values set forth by the movement’s founders, as well as interact and share with one another. We are about creating better places to work and as a result, a better way to work. “

Keeping in mind the above-mentioned definition, CoworkingPoland estimates that there are around 240 coworking offices in Poland (active, currently open for clients, only coworking, not desk rental).

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Coworking in Poland

Almost all the coworking spaces in Poland are collected in a single place – on the www.coworkingpoland.pl platform, along with the address information, price list, quality level, description and system of recommendations by the clients. The map is also provided to quickly find the nearest coworking office. As the coworking and startup locations are similar, our map of polish coworking can be also interpreted as the map of startups in Poland. The following chapter (Poland by numbers) shows the coworking locations divided by their type or services: free of cost or low cost, programs for young moms, additional services like tax or legal support and many others. It is worth noticing that the polish coworking movement fits perfectly into a global movement. Number of coworking offices is growing, and predictions are even more optimistic.

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City Space, Warsaw, Poland

Poland by numbers

  • 41 coworking offices support young moms and dads
  • • 32 coworking offices supports clients with tax/accounting services
  • • 15 coworking offices share the legal services
  • • 7 coworking offices let you cowork for free
  • 4 coworking offices allows you to order meals
  •  3 coworking sites supports the coworkers with IT services
  • All offer WIFI network, printing and scanning equipment, coffee, access to the conference room and kitchen
  • 24 cities in Poland have less than 2 coworking offices
  • 7 cities in Poland have between 3 and 8 coworking offices
  • The biggest coworking city hubs are located in Wrocław (11 offices), Kraków (12), Poznań (20) and the capital – Warsaw (74 and increasing)
  • 142 coworking offices deliver services in English
  • 10 coworking offices deliver services in Russian
  • 6 coworking offices deliver services in German
  • 4 coworking offices deliver services in Spanish and Ukrainian
  • 1 coworking office delivers services in Italian
  • All speak Polish!

Coworking Credo

For the polish coworking movement, the following code of ethic was proposed, which is based on a similar initiative: http://coworkingmanifesto.com

“Society is changing. Ways of working follow the new trends – mobility, lack of boundaries, full control over the time and the way of its implementation.

Coworking is the answer; It is a new definition of performance work. Uninhibited, inspired by people not accepting any barriers in doing what they want. We are building a future that is based on open communication and cooperation instead of competition

By working together, sharing the best we have, we believe in:

  • • cooperation instead of competition
  • • action rather than passive observation
  • • doing rather than just talking
  • • soft relationships rather than formal ones

Let’s transform the future for a culture supporting entrepreneurship. The future belongs to coworking, because we are the future!”

We are delighted to partner with Coworking Poland, who has provide
this article.
For more information visit www.coworkingpoland.pl

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Photo Credits by order of appearance:
All About Poland, Coworking PolandBiurco, City Space
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