Werk1 calls itself “the most startup-friendly place in Munich.” With some 4,000 m², Werk1 predominantly offers team office space for startups. That being said, freelancers and creatives who need a place to work — albeit not a permanent one — will also find a spot in the Werksviertel, either in the “Silent Space” right under the roof, or in the “Communication Space” next to the café where small groups can also work together. Aside from that, as a Werk1 coworker you have access to events and networking sessions, i.e. to the Werk1 community, which is certainly one of the most exciting Munich has to offer in a startup context.
One of the major players in the Munich coworking market is WeWork. The American coworking giant is currently located in more than 100 cities with roughly 600 office locations, two of which are in Munich. WeWork aims to impress not only with its modern and centrally located office spaces, but also with its international community of more than 200,000 members.
Anyone who has dreamed about being able to work right next to Viktualienmarkt has been able to make that dream a reality for a while now. That’s thanks to Mindspace, which is a coworking company that offers space for more than 250 members on two floors and 1,600 m². The Israeli coworking company also offers additional locations right off Stachus and near Salvatorplatz.
Founded in 2008 in Nuremberg, Design Offices is now located in eleven German cities and has five locations in Munich. A sixth branch is to be opened in spring 2019 in the Werksviertel. In addition to classic office and coworking spaces, Design Offices also offers event spaces for rent at some of their locations.
Sendling being the Mecca to many Munich-based social entrepreneurs might sound strange, but it’s true! Munich’s Impact Hub particularly attracts entrepreneurs who are interested in the common good and not only looking for a place to work, but also for a network full of like-minded people. Be it a Sexy Salad Session or a Falafel Pitch at lunchtime — the packed calendar of events proves that Impact Hub members are meant not only to work next to each other, but to also mutually benefit from one another as well.
The Munich creative scene also has a place to go when it comes to coworking. Or better said, they have two places to go, because Mates now has two locations in Munich: in Schwabing and near the Isartor. Flexible work packages can be booked that range from a spontaneous drop-in to a resident working space. Community spirit is also encouraged, with the aim of supporting Mates members in finding new colleagues and current job offers in the Talent Pool.
What Impact Hub is for social entrepreneurship, Media Lab is for anyone working on projects in the media industry. Located in the east of Munich, Media Lab offers its Open Space to students and graduates and also to those just starting their career or changing tracks. The one prerequisite: You have to be working on a concrete project that involves digital media and need to be accepted as a Media Lab member. However: It’s possible to register at Open Space at anytime, even if you don’t have a specific idea.