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January 31, 2018

We're Moving to Albania! What's Ahead for betahaus | Tirana

When betahaus started nine years ago, we were one of the first coworking spaces in Europe. Digital nomadism and remote teams were in their early days and Berlin was just on the edge of becoming a startup city. We saw an opportunity to create something that wasn’t quite there yet. We were driven to be at the center of innovation, but getting people to actually come to our coworking space? Well, that was to be our next challenge.

About the Deal

Nine years later, we can finally celebrate that the idea seems to have worked. We set out to pioneer coworking in Berlin, but to see our concept spread across Europe has surpassed everything that we could have hoped for in our early days. Not only have we seen betahaus expand into Hamburg, Sofia, and Barcelona, but we’ve established a long list of partner spaces around the world. That’s why when the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) invited us to collaborate with the Regional Economic Development Agency (RED) of Albania to create betahaus | Tirana, our answer was a definite “yes”.

About betahaus | Tirana

Located in one of the busiest areas of Tirana, the space for betahaus | Tirana will be revitalized in an ongoing effort in 2018.  Once renovated, the coworking space, event space, makerspace, restaurant, and café, will aim to serve Tirana’s budding community of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and other creative professionals. While the space will be locally managed, our team has committed to contributing everything we’ve learned about coworking and event management. The space will have its own BETAPITCH and its own version of the betahaus Academy. Rather than just looking good, it will be designed to facilitate the same open, collaborative atmosphere that has been so fundamental to our space in Berlin. We plan to have our hands in the project every step of the way, both in an official sense (business plans, training, etc.) and also in a more conceptual way (vibe, style, etc.) while allowing for adaptations to local culture and expectations of a workspace.

The construction works of the building for betahaus l Tirana are planned to be finished by September this year and the official opening date will be in the Q1 of 2019. In order to connect with the ecosystem and introduce betahaus to startups and entrepreneurs in Albania, we're organizing a Coworking Week in Tirana from October 4-7th this year. Investors, business development experts, and leading startups are going to host workshops and connect with the audience. There is also BETAPITCH Tirana, which will give a stage to great ideas and entrepreneurs. We're looking forward! 

Coworking Terrace of betahaus l Tirana
Construction Works by October 2018

It has always been at the core of our business to empower entrepreneurship. We have no doubt that the next months will be busy, but it is with great excitement that we take a leap into this emerging market. We look forward to watching as betahaus | Tirana becomes a hub for entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation. We hope you’ll join us there when the door finally opens in 2019!

Want to work with us? Learn more about our coworking memberships at betahaus | Berlin.

Some office spaces have a one-size-fits-all approach, but that's not really our style. The reason no two betahaus locations look the same is because they’re locally designed. And we give our Team Space members this same opportunity to customize their space.

Choose a room with a view of the city or one on the ground floor with easy access to the garden. Change the lighting fixture or bring your own bookshelf. We want teams to be able to white label, decorate, and really make the space their own if they want to.

And if you’re really looking to customize, Team HQs allow teams to collaborate with our architects and coworking team to create a space that is completely bespoke. Whether it’s additional meeting rooms, unconventional seating, or a yoga room, we apply our 10 years of experience in building functional workspace to your creative vision to create something that’s just right.


Probably the biggest benefit of coworking is community and events. Now we know it may not be the first thing you’re looking for as you seek out your next office space, but bear with us.

Imagine using your lunch breaks to chat with someone in your industry. Meeting freelance developers at after-work beers. Networking with investors at BETAPITCH. Pitching at our weekly betabreakfast and getting support and feedback on your new ideas.

betahaus has spent the last 10 years cultivating a community of people who we genuinely like working with. And when you join, your team will become a part of it, too.

" People matter! Community was always what we were all about. ‘’

In June we launched #PeopleInbeta - our monthly blog post series in which our Content Manager - Vihra interviewed teams and freelancers from the betahaus community to present the variety of creatives we have in ‘haus, to understand their missions and get some useful advice for our audience. We talked on topics such as sustainability (with PlanA) , decentralized digital identity (with JOLOCOM), curated music experiences (with Bespoke Sounds), freelance photography (with Sara Herrlander), full-stack development (with Obst Digital), design (with LAUDO) and much more.

Interview with LAUDO at betahaus | Neukölln
Interview with Obst.Digital at betahaus | Neukölln

"The Summer is the best time to host Backyard sessions and BBQ’s’’

In the summer, we launched a couple of new events in Neukölln like Freelancers, Unite!, The Backyard Sessions and My friend’s BBQ. 

Freelancers, Unite! developed as our productive coworking session with freelancers from in and outside the ‘haus. Once a month, we picked an important freelance topic (such as taxes, time-management, etc) and invited experts to give us insights on the topic. We saw so many new faces and had the chance to come back closer to where we started from - the freelance, grassroots culture. 

Freelancers, Unite! at betahaus | Neukölln

Another event, which started in July (and turned out to be our favourite events) were The Backyard Sessions. Organised by our queen of Neukölln - Robbin – the Backyard Sessions are our creative evenings with live music jams, movie screenings and cocktails. 

The Backyard Sessions at basement.berlin
Movie Screening at basement.berlin

This last event was hilarious because for quite some time, nobody knew exactly who organised it or invited them. The friend was throwing a BBQ for the community in the garden and this led to all our members joining and staying after for a beer or two with us.

‘’My favourite moment this year was the second friends bbq which was actually cancelled because of the rain forecast. But despite the bad weather, people show up and it turned into a super nice intimate evening with Elizaveta and Paul giving a garden concert.’’ - Robbin (Community Manager, betahaus)

''In July, it was great how the casual after-work BBQ turned into an impromptu acoustic blues jam session with Elizavetta Barsegova and Paul, who have the voice of an angel. Actually, all of the My Friend's BBQ's and Backyard Sessions were AWESOME.’’
- Paige (Head of Marketing, betahaus) 

The Garden at betahaus | Neukölln
My Friend's BBQ at betahaus | Neukölln



"As a coworking space, you have to give stage to important topics.’’

This year we released a new event format in Kreuzberg called ‘’The betaSalon’’. It's an open panel discussion which aims to give stage to important topics and give free speech on them. The fist one we did on the EU elections, last month we talked about changemakers, but our favourite one for this season stays ‘’Mother + Founder’’ where we partnered with FemGems podcast and recorded a live podcast episode for them having Madeleine Gummer von Mohl (betahaus co-founder), Kristine Zeller (co-creater of ooshi period underwear) and Luisa Hoffman on the stage.

betaSalon at betahaus | Kreuzberg

"We should fight for a more human-centered tech development’’

Every September, our co-founders take part in the Techfestival. in Copenhagen, spending a few days disconnecting from the daily life and focusing on creating a better, more human-centered tech future. This year the think tank which included our co-founders Madeleine and Max came up with the TechPledge. The Tech Pledge was made to emphasize the need for a new direction in tech. Similar to the Hippocratic oath for doctors, the Tech Pledge is a promise to make tech a force for good and ensure responsible and sustainable tech leadership. It’s a commitment to driving a new direction in technology.

Techfestival. 2019 in Copenhagen


"Startups are transforming European football as we know it.’’

One of the most exciting projects for betahausX this year (which is also continuing in 2020) is their new startup challenge called The Werder Lab - a global startup competition that aims to reimagine the way clubs like Werder work with athletes, fans and partners.



"You should leave time for the things you love most’’ 

This year couldn’t end without us having our favourite events - the end-of-the-year holiday party and the BETAPITCH Global Finals. On the 6th of December we saw the 9 finalists of the regional BETAPITCH competitions pitching in front of our jury. Congrats to Troy from Hamburg for winning the big prize.

We finished the year at our Holiday Party celebrating anything and everything at betahaus | Neukölln together with our members, friends of friends and our favourite artists from Passiflora LIVE, Tapete and Kotoe.

Love at The betahaus Holiday Party 2019


Thank you for being with us in 2019. It's been a crazy big year for us and it wouldn't been possible without your support, trust and the hard work of our amazing team. Have an amazing holiday time and we'll see you again in 2020.

With love,
betahaus

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