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FAQ

What is betahaus?

betahaus is a community and coworking space in Berlin for people who want to work on their own projects and businesses while exchanging knowledge, ideas, and inspiration with others. betahaus is there to open doors and to expand possibilities. It fosters entrepreneurship, creativity, rapid prototyping and innovative product development.

The community consists of entrepreneurs, startups, freelancers, innovative corporate teams, designers, and makers of all kinds, who to various degrees collaborate and cooperate. betahaus currently offers coworking in Berlin, Hamburg, Sofia and Barcelona. Our community in Berlin currently consists of over 500 members. Come work with us!

Let's backup a step. What is coworking?

Coworking is a exchange or collaboration between self-employed people or people working for different employers by working out of an open space. "Working together" in a coworking community can mean anything from working on your own business or project in a shared space to simply exchanging an idea in the hallway. Some people enjoy coworking spaces for the spontaneous jam sessions in the event spaces while others come to find freelancers or business partners. You can make this space whatever you want it to be.

What's the difference between working at a coworking space and a café?

In order to take your business or project to the next level, you’ll need to work alongside people with varied expertise. By working for a coworking space like betahaus, you'll find a professional network as well as a workspace. You might meet clients, customers, colleagues, or co-founders. By joining a coworking community, you'll be able to spend time with people and in spaces that foster inspiration, motivation, courage, and knowledge sharing

Why should I choose betahaus over other coworking spaces?

That’s an easy one for us to answer. There are three main things that make our space a bit different from the other coworking spaces.

1. We're community driven. Our space is driven by the ideas and creativity of our members.
2. We prioritize sharing. Rather than competing, we want you to feel comfortablecontributing your ideas, expertise, and skills to the community.
3. We're grassroots. We were founded in 2009 by six students with an entrepreneurial mindset. Our space is designed by our members, and is meant to be flexible and collaborative. Most importantly, we know what it’s like to be a startup because we were a startup for years. In many ways, we still are! For this reason, we understand the needs of startups in a way few other coworking spaces do.

What is the community like?

We believe the core strength of our community is its diversity. Diversity in fields of expertise, professional background, ways of working, experience, age, and personality. These are the very factors that allow people to learn from each other, build powerful collaborations, and grow stronger and smarter, both as individuals and as a community. 

The betahaus community consists of around 500 people. We're around 30% startups, 30% entrepreneurs or small business owners, 20% creatives or makers, and 10% innovative corporate teams. You’ll find founders, marketers, managers, legal advisors, architects, graphic designers, illustrators, programmers, photographers, journalists, writers, academics, non-governmental organizations, and remote teams of all kinds. We also have a gender balance with 40% female and 60% male members.

How do I get to know other people in the community?

For starters, there’s a community slack channel and a private community Facebook group where members can communicate. We also have lots of community events going on! We organize around 3 community events each week, and have another 1,000 meetups and tech events happening in our space each year. There are plenty of opportunities to meet people! The community events we organise are:

betabreakfast: Every Thursday from 9:30-11:00, we organize a community breakfast where you can meet other members and listen to three startups pitching.

Tupperware Tuesday: Every Tuesday from 13:00-14:00, bring your leftovers to the Club Lounge and let’s have lunch together! We'll bring the drinks!

betabeer: Every last Thursday of the month from 18:00-Late, we host our biggest community event, betabeer. Join us for free beers, ping pong, dancing, good music, and networking with other members.

What’s the space like?

betahaus offers coworking spaces and rooms designed to flexibly serve diverse purposes. The ambiance of each space is different. Ranging from the laid-back atmosphere of a cafe, to the seriousness of purpose found at a campus library. There are coworking spaces, a community space, team rooms, meeting rooms and event spaces in various sizes. Whether you’re into network and collaborate, or to have a productive day; you’ll always find a place that fits your needs.

What’s the atmosphere at betahaus like?

betahaus is casual, friendly, and laid back. We've aimed to create a productive workspace with a personal touch. Come by and see for yourself!

Can I make phone calls at betahaus?

We have Skype Couches, phone booths, and call boxes throughout the space. For phone calls that are important or private, we advise you to book a meeting room.

Do you have private meeting rooms?

Yes, we do! We have 4 meeting rooms that can host up to 12 people. They’re equipped with a flat screen, a flip chart, and presentation equipment. Meeting rooms are free of charge for Pro Members. Club Members can rent the meeting rooms for €20,- per hour while Pro Members can rent meeting rooms free of charge. Anyone wishing to book a meeting room that isn't a betahaus member should email frontdesk@betahaus.de for prices and availability. Meeting rooms start at €30,- per hour and are subject to availability.

Does betahaus offer event spaces?

We have some incredible event spaces! Our spaces can host groups up to 200 people and can be combined to host more. The event spaces are equipped to serve diverse purposes from hackathons, seminars, and breakout sessions, to movie screenings, to product testings. betahaus event spaces have been used by Deutsche Bahn, Google, SAP, Greenpeace, Soundcloud and Zalando, to name a few. Members get a 50% discount on event space rental!

Can I bring over clients or guests?

Certainly! We just ask that for longer meetings or big groups, you book one of the meeting rooms. For an informal chat over coffee, the betahaus café on our ground floor is probably the best place. If you do start a collaboration with someone spending whole days here on a regular basis, they’ll need to get a membership.

Can I receive my mail at betahaus?

We offer Pro Members mail service. That means you can use betahaus as your official company address and pick up your mail at our Front Desk.

Do you offer the standard office facilities?

Yes. We have 2 printers, one on the ground floor and one on the first floor. There’s a kitchen on each floor where you can make a cup of coffee and prepare food. We also have plenty of meeting rooms, phone booths, and event spaces.

I want to work in a team. Is it possible?

Of course. If you sign up for 4 or more Pro Memberships, we’ll offer you a fixed team desk. We also offer team room memberships where you get to have your own private office in betahaus. Contact Madeleine if you want to know if we have team rooms available at the moment.

What are the opening hours?

Pro Members have a card and a key to the gate, so they can work at betahaus 24/7. Club Members can work in the coworking spaces on the first floor Mondays to Thursdays from 09:00 to 20:00, and Fridays from 09:00 to 18:00. For the opening hours of the café, have a look here.

Are there more locations I can roam to?

Yes! With our One Coworking app you can roam to other coworking spaces in Berlin and other cities for free! You can download the app on Google Play or in the App Store. Log in with your membership credentials.

Do you have good coffee? And what about lunch?

You can get a great cup of coffee in our café. Fresh sandwiches and lunch dishes are prepared by the kitchen daily. We get our Coffee from CoffeeCircle. It’s fair trade, and the founders Robert, Martin and Moritz started in betahaus as well!

As a member you receive a small discount on the lunch. Pro Members just show their members card at the counter and club Members can get a special card from reception.

Can I get a tour?

Sure. As an individual you can join our weekly betabreakfast and join the tour on Thursday morning at 11:30. You can get a ticket via eventbrite, have a look at the upcoming events here. If you want a tour for more than 8 people, you can send us a request.

Can I bring pets? Do other people bring theirs?

For short visits, sure! And if you want to bring your dog on a daily basis, the answer is yes, upon request. Please make sure to check with our Front Desk team to ensure there is space in the house for another dog. We also ask that they are friendly, quiet, and on a leash at all times. Any pets that are disruptive to productivity may be asked to stay home.

How do I get there?

betahaus is just around the corner from Moritzplatz (U8). You can reach Alexanderplatz in 3 minutes, and Kottbusser Tor in 1 minute. From those two major intersections you can travel just about anywhere in Berlin quite easily. Moritzplatz is also accessible with the M29 bus.

How do I become a member?

Learn more about becoming a member at betahaus or simply stop by our Front Desk. The coworking team will be happy to set up your membership with you!

Other questions?

Contact us at reception@betahaus.de.

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