Often recognised as one of the most innovative countries in the world, Switzerland has a lot to offer: advanced infrastructure, quality of life, multilingual society, high-class universities. Its financial centre, Zurich, is home of ETH, Google’s engineering campus and the European branch of IBM, along with the world’s largest financial firms. The city boasts a lively tech and startup scene with a large variety of events and initiatives. If you are considering to settle down or start up in the heart of Europe, here are 10 state-of-the-art co-working spaces in Zurich:
BlueLion Incubator opened its doors in 2017, offering incubation services and acceleration program for startups, as well as tailor-made programs for corporates. With regards to the workspace they offer, there are two locations available in the city, with 24/7 access to its members. Services included are fixed desk, print/scan/copy services, meeting rooms, storage space, common area, while at one of the locations, there is additional gaming room and BBQ terrace. Cost: Monthly packages are available for CHF 550.
Citizen Space offers 2 floors of creative co-working space, with fully equipped 5 meeting room and event space, as well as full amenities and services. Beyond the work-related infrastructure, the space has a pop-up store, a rooftop terrace perfect for bbq and beer gatherings, ping-pong table and kitchen facilities with free coffee and water supplies. Access is secured 24/7. Cost: Monthly packages vary from CHF 350 to CHF 650.
Rocket Hub – Run by the ETH Entrepreneur Club, the Rocket Club is fully modern, three-floor co-working space for young startups coming out of Swiss universities. Non-students can gain access to the space by participating in their startup competition. Open workspace table accompanied by full amenities and services is part of the deal. Cost: Teams with up to 4 members are offered free membership. With every additional teammate, the price increases by CHF 200.- per month.
Impact Hub Zürich – The Zurich branch of the global network continues to follow the mission of the network by accelerating the entrepreneurial community in Zurich. In addition to their attractive premises, membership includes a choice between fixed and flexible desks, a range of services, onsite Café Auer&Co, bike parking and a fully equipped kitchen. A huge variety of cutting-edge events and a member-only virtual collaboration platform is just the cherry on the cake. Cost: Monthly packages vary from CHF 135 to CHF 550.
Spaces Bleicherweg – The global co-working conglomerate Spaces is also present in Zurich. Spaces Bleicherweg is a 2300m2 space offering a variety of workspaces, from modernly furnished private offices to flexible co-working spaces and meeting rooms. As regards services, full amenities are included, with access to business events, speakers and networking lunches.
Trust Square – Launched in April 2018, Trust Square is set to become the world’s largest blockchain hub by offering blockchain enthusiasts an inspiring atmosphere and support system to achieve their goals. As for the space, there are 300 workstations available, with full amenities and services included. Most importantly, members have access to a network of leading blockchain experts and investors and events at reduced prices. Cost: monthly packages are available for CHF 500.
Büro Züri – This free co-working space sponsored by the Zürcher Kantonalbank was opened in 2015 as part of the newly renovated bank headquarters. It offers flexible individual and group workplaces, meeting room and event space in the centre of the city. A host team is there for all requests of the guests and provides free coffee, water and cookies. A second location in the Innovation Park Zurich will be available as of 2019, providing state-of-the-art infrastructure to start-ups and young entrepreneurs.
FabLab Zürich – Started at MIT in 2012, the FabLab movement has rapidly expanded worldwide. Described as a DIY workshop, FabLab is a space to work, equipped with a selection of regular and more advanced tools (CNC, 3D printer, knitting machine, laser cutter), available for members for an additional price. In addition, the space offers an impressive calendar of events, courses and workshops. The only downside: It is open only from Wednesday to Saturday from 14.00 to 20.00. Cost: The annual fee is CHF 156.
Birdhaus – The women-only co-working space offers two levels of beautifully designed collaboration space, dominantly pink, with modern interior design and a lot of light. Beyond the workstations, space offers a chill-out area, kitchen with an unlimited amount of coffee, outdoor terrace, library and print/copy/scan services. The best part is its community events; ladies from different industries and backgrounds come together for yoga classes, meditations, a book club etc. Cost: Monthly packages vary from CHF 90 to CHF 395.
Westhive – Aiming to create an innovation ecosystem, Westhive brings together startups, corporations, investors and freelancers in one place. In addition to open space desks and private offices, Westhive has meeting rooms and lounges, workshop rooms, a photo and video studio, a video editing room, chill-out area, gym, library, showers, and their famous Westhive Kitchen. Startup services are available at all times and community events are a must. Cost: Monthly packages vary from CHF 180 to CHF 540.