COWORKMed members met in Larissa (Greece) on January 17th and 18th.
The 3rd Steering Committee meeting was organized on the first day in the premises of the Institute of entrepreneurship development (iED). It aimed at sharing the results of the preliminary studies and establishing the final stages of the project.
The IRIS Research Institute presented the results of the quantitative study led from May to November 2017. 99 coworking space owners answered an online questionnaire about size, location, users’ profile, business model, interaction with other actors or specialization of their coworking spaces. The data collected gives a picture of the situation in five countries or regions in the north of the Mediterranean. This is the first quantitative study dedicated to coworking in this area.
Some trends but a diversity of situations in each country or regional territory
Among the respondents, 81% are located in an urban or metropolitan area and 67% are private companies. The PACA region in France has the highest proportion of associative coworking spaces. Coworking space owners consider that they have a low or medium level of interactions with external actors or institutions, mainly with business incubators and local authorities. One third of coworking spaces belong to a national or a transnational platform.
Underline the benefits of coworking for territorial public policies
Additional qualitative analyses will be released by national and regional partners on economic, social and territorial issues related to coworking. The consolidated results will be a basis for the policy guidelines addressed to European and local decision-makers in order to raise awareness about the benefits of coworking and impulse experimentation in Mediterranean territories and cities.
The Steering Committee also confirmed that the final conference of COWORKMed will take place in Zagreb in the mid-term of April. The date will be issued soon.
Coworking is about sharing space and values and… doing business
On the next day, members of COWORKMed participated in a workshop organized by the iED in one of Larissa’s coworking space, with co-workers and start-uppers. As part of the “coworking as business” session, three speakers presented their experience as coworking owners in Greece and Spain.