06 Coworking Spaces in Zurich - Collaboration and Community

– Mai 03, 2021

The RocketHub was a great start but what’s next?

Peering into one of the offices, a group is engaged in a fierce exchange of ideas while in the room next door – the Maker Space – a coworker is proudly holding her first prototype. Further down the hallway, another ferocious exchange is in progress, a white ball dashes back and forth across the table. Coffee is the brew of choice both accelerating the mind and effortlessly encouraging conversations with coworkers who gather around the coffee machine for another cup.

Needless to say, this scene took place before the restrictions due to the global pandemic emptied any shared coworking spaces. At the moment, our offices in the RocketHub are not occupied and fierce exchanges of any sort are home-bound and virtual. Except for these unusual times, the RocketHub is currently home to 22 early-stage startups with teams related to the ETH. This is a community of young entrepreneurs who cannot wait to return to the RocketHub. 

The reason for this eagerly awaited return is simple, the RocketHub is a great place to advance your startup during your first two years after launch. Startups are carefully selected to build an innovative and diverse community. Being accepted to the RocketHub means access to everything you need as  a young entrepreneur from offices, a dedicated space for brainstorming sessions, rooms to hold events and a Maker Space for prototyping – and of course free coffee. A quick change of scenery  is not only guaranteed by the floating desk system but also by the rule that the startups cannot get too cosy, they are asked to leave after two years. So unfortunately after these two years, you will need to find a new coworking space to further launch your startup past the stratosphere. That is why we looked up some coworking spaces in Zurich that you might choose from.

Coworking spaces in Zurich

Coworking Spaces have been growing relentlessly the last few years since so many jobs are now “remotely operable”. Especially for start-ups they are a great bridge between a big company and a one-man job. Certain coworking spaces offer a work space for a specified duration or certain days or even hours hence the renting prices may vary.

Westhive

Westhive offers coworking spaces in many different locations all across Zürich. You can choose to solely work there, or you can build your network at the events organised by the founders, such as the weekly “Bier um 4” which is more of a social event or various workshops in the morning to get inspired for the day.

Website:
Location Addresses:
  • .Seestrasse 353, 8038 Zürich
  • Hardturmstrasse 161, 8005 Zürich
  • Brandschenkestrasse 90, 8002 Zürich
  • Stockerstrasse 38, 8002 Zürich 
Opening Times: 
  • 08:00 – 18:00
Price Range (for a desk spot):
  • 135CHF – 440CHF per month
Offers:
  • Team offices
  • Coworking desks
  • Meeting rooms
  • Event location
  • Westhive Kitchen
  • Westhive community
  • Events
Notes:
  • Further coworking space in Basel

Bluelion

Startups at Bluelion benefit from coworking spaces and access to feedback from experienced founders, investors and acceleration programs. You can wind down at the social events to get in touch with like-minded people.

Website: 
Location Addresses:
  • Josefstrasse 219, 8005 Zürich (various offices)
  • Sihlquai 125, 8005 Zürich
  • Hafnerstrasse 31, 8005 Zürich
Opening Times: 
  • 08:00 – 18:00
Price Range (for a desk spot):
  • 550CHF per month
Offers:
  • Team offices
  • Coworking desks
  • Private Offices
  • Meeting rooms
  • Event location
  • Acceleration programs: LikeMinded or Samsung4Impact
  • Coaching
  • Funding Programs
Notes:
  • Non-profit incubator & accelerator based in Zurich

Impact Hub Zürich

Present at three locations, the Impact Hub Zurich creates a community with a variety of workshops and events. Their “Co-Manifesto” states the Sustainability Development Goals as defined by the United Nations as their inspiration.

Website: 
Location Addresses:
  • Sihlquai 131, 8005 Zürich
  • Bogen D&E, Viaduktstrasse 93-95, 8005 Zürich
  • Selnaustrasse 25, 8001 Zürich
Opening Times: 
  • 09:00 – 19:00
Price Range (for a desk spot):
  • 135CHF-550CHF per month
Offers:
  • Team offices
  • Coworking desks
  • Meeting rooms
  • Event location
  • Workshops
  • Trainings
Notes:
  • Inspired by the Sustainability Development Goals

Trust Square

The fintech hub Trust Square is based at Paradeplatz and is home for technology startups which tackle the topic of trust.

Website: 
Location Addresses:
  • Poststrasse 5, 8001 Zürich
Opening Times: 
  • 00:00 – 24:00 (24/7)
Price Range (for a desk spot):
  • 249CHF-859CHF per month
Offers:
  • Team offices
  • Coworking desks
  • Meeting rooms
  • Event location
  • Strategic partnership opportunities
  • Workshops
  • Events
Notes:
  • Fintech, Trust-building technologies

Takeaways for a successful liftoff

To continue your journey after your stay at the RocketHub, it is important to find your match among the multiple coworking options. You have to go there and see how the place makes you feel: Does the space make you feel wanting to be productive, are the people around you inspiring? It is just like when you are looking for an apartment: The advertisement might look amazing and there can be a million pictures of it but you will not know for sure until you have a look yourself. Every coworking space has a try out day, you certainly want to use that to your advantage.

Where your coworking space is located is an important factor: It should be close enough to where you live. This makes it easier for you to be consistent with your work and you should make sure that you feel like wanting to go there to be as productive as possible.

Also consider the additional benefits at the coworking space such as coaching, access to possible investors, programs and opportunities to extend your network.

Every journey is individual and challenging, take your time to decide on your work environment as this translates into your work and ultimately the success of your endeavour. Good luck and take off!