Stockholm has one of Europe’s leading startup scenes so there are plenty of co-working spaces in the city for entrepreneurs. They range from super slick and modern to hushed glamour in classic buildings. Whatever your style and no matter what sort of environment you’re looking for, there are plenty of co-working spaces to choose from.
Founded in 2013, SUP 46 was one of the earliest co-working spaces to open its doors to the startup community — and it’s big on offering a top-notch ecosystem of partners, including some of the Nordic’s biggest investors and advisors. More than 60 startups make their home here and the competition to get in is fierce. Fishbrain — tipped to become Sweden’s next unicorn — got its start here, and another up-and-comer, Peppy Pals, still makes SUP home. Afterwork networking events are brilliant.
SUP 46. Regeringsgatan 65, Stockholm, Sweden,+46 (0)73 687 0860
Approximately 2000 square meters of space at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) host the true tech geeks of the scene, which makes this place a hotbed of innovation. If you’re into the Internet of Things, medtech, 3D, or wearable technology, head to Things by Sting because you will find your people. Another difference here is that it’s not reliant on investors. Instead, THINGS has partnered with some of the biggest companies in Sweden.
Elegant, stylish, and definitely a place for the grownups, No. 18 is dressed to impress, with award-winning art collections, design-classic furniture, and service that will have your guests salivating for more. The look may be posh but this six-story hub is surprisingly affordable, particularly the open spaces. The key here is when you need a conference room for that big pitch, you’ll have a host or hostess assigned to you and he or she will make sure you have everything you need at the push of a button.
Voted Best Office Space in Sweden 2015, Knackeriet is a co-working space for web, design, and business. It is located in the heart of Old Town. Even better? This is the former office of one of Sweden’s favourite poets, Bellman, who worked from here for more than two decades. Flexible seating, a fixed desk, or your own room — choose what suits you best. Be sure to ask about discounts — they’re big on helping those who are struggling.
Possibly Stockholm’s most flexible co-working space, Hour Office looks like a café, feels like home, and has high-speed Wi-Fi, unlimited coffee and tea, food and office supplies, and plenty of opportunities to network. The key here is that you only pay for the time you use. So, if you’re breezing into town for a few days and need a space on Thursday afternoon, this is a good option: you can book by the minute, the hour, the day or the month — no membership required. There are also quiet spaces and a conference room for meetings. And did we mention the pop-up stores and art exhibitions?
Café & Co
It’s a coffee shop, it’s an open work space, it is wired for speed, and it even has conference space for those all important times when you need some privacy. Café & Co. has a great vibe, with people working intently on their latest inspiration but still friendly enough to chat with. That the coffee and food are great is just the icing on the cake. It’s perfect for those coming through town or those looking to build a quick network.
Café & Co. Hornsgatan 47, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 (0)739 66 45 56
Lean, mean and there when you need them, The Park is all about being focused. Entrepreneurs working out of one of two spaces in Stockholm (with a third about to launch) are a dedicated bunch. While fun is definitely on the menu, it doesn’t come ahead of good old-fashioned hard work. Some of the brightest stars on the scene are based here, where you can find areas for co-working, lounges, events, conferences and workshops. The more than 400 members spread among more than 200 companies enjoy the warm vibe, which is facilitated by The Park’s Mood Managers, who make sure everyone and everything is copacetic. The Park is also an event agency, so is perfect to call on when you need that extra support.
The Park. Hälsingegatan 49, Stockholm, Sweden, + 46 (0)8 506 347 00
The Castle Slottet
And finally, The Castle Slottet. This is one of the latest players on the scene and they’ve already created a huge buzz in a city that is crawling with co-working spaces. This is probably because they have some of the best social media marketing around. It also might help that their roots are in the legendary Entreprenörskyrkan (Entrepreneur’s Church), which makes sense when you realise they’ve gone from a disused church to a disused castle. Creativity here is off the charts and the Castle is known for developing a great community that knows how to network. And yes, it’s a stone’s throw from Stockholm’s Royal Palace.
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