European Coworking Network

Eiropas Kopstrādņu Tīkls

Project summary

On 20th of August 2015, the project “European Coworking Network” started initiated by the local Croatian partner ZADRA NOVA and the City of Zadar.

The objective of the “European Coworking Network” is to foster self-employment possibilities of young people through coworking concept.

The project aims:

  • to stimulate entrepreneurship of young people,
  • to motivate them to be responsible and active citizens,
  • and to improve business ecosystem for young entrepreneurs through better cooperation between public, private and civil sector.

Project websitehttp://eucoworknet.com/

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Project timeline

Project activities are planned from August 2015 till September 2017.

Project statement

With more than 1.600 spaces in operations across Europe, coworking is by far the largest bottom-up community based network of entrepreneurs.  Worldwide, the number of coworking spaces is doubling every year, getting close to 3.000.  It is effective support tool for entrepreneurship, hence it will be used to support youth interested in starting their own self-employment or business.

The project addresses specific problems related to unemployment and self-employment of young people: the need to reduce start up costs (office rent, secretariat costs, room meeting, ICT tools, etc.), the need to combat the sense of isolation, helping young nomadic workers moving throughout Europe in obtaining affordable working facilities, the need to stimulate self-employment in local contexts, the need to increase creative thinking and foster innovation in self-employment and social entrepreneurship. The project fosters entrepreneurial attitudes, developing multilingualism and use of ICT, promotes use and sharing digital content what is in line with 2015 Annual Work Programme for the implementation of Erasmus+.

Project activities

The first meeting is planned in Zadar, Croatia, during 24-25 of September 2015.

Comparative study of coworking models within private, public and non governmental sector

Comparative study of different coworking models intends to select, analyse and compare around  10 different models in different countries around Europe and possibly world wide, to provide potential stakeholders with relevant information about best possible option to choose. Target groups of this study are: potential founders of coworking spaces from public, private and non governmental sector, potential  startups and other interested.

Basic Entrepreneurial Module “Become an Entrepreneur”

The module aims to promote a positive image of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship among young people. Its objectives are to show and facilitate young people from different European cultures and backgrounds how to become responsible and active citizens, self-supporting employees or employers in a global labour market. This activity will promote young people internationalisation and mobility.

Coworking event and manual

Events are key component in building community in coworking places, fostering collaboration, individual development, visibility of businesses and mutual support. “Coworking event for young people” is aimed for youngsters who are on a path becoming professionals, already are professionals or entrepreneurs in early stage. The event aims to promote coworking concept and provide opportunity for youngsters to gain visibility and support in becoming entrepreneurs, free-lancers  or professionals, who would use coworking space

E-platform

The platform will be a collaboration web space for stakeholders, especially coworking spaces founders and managers. There will be an e-learning section and educational materials developed within the project. This online platform will encourage learning and virtual exchanges between stakeholders from different EU regions (coworking spaces founders, mentors, entrepreneurs, public and private institutions, investors), thus creating a virtual “coworking” community. It will allow interactions on the subject of EU coworking culture and will facilitate the project quality and dissemination.

Partners

The 7 project partners span the countries all around Europe: Croatia, Spain, Belgium, Latvia and Hungary.

  1. ZADRA NOVA (Croatia, Website)
  2. City of Zadar (Croatia, Website)
  3. ImpactHub Zagreb (Croatia, Website)
  4. L’OFFICE (Hungary, Website)
  5. Betacowork (Belgium, Website)
  6. Social Innovation Centre (Latvia, Website)
  7. Organisation for the Economic Promotion of Gran Canaria (Spain, Website)

 

Erasmus+ LogoThis project is co-financed within Erasmus+ program KA2 Strategic partnership. The information and views set out in the project materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Commission.

Photo (c): Flickr – Impact Hub Trieste

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