Taylor Record
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.

After you’ve taken care of your paperwork and you’ve signed up both in Bürger- and Finanzamt, you are all set up to start working. One of the best ways to get integrated into the city fast, meet like-minded people, and even find clients is by working from a coworking space. There are tons of benefits for freelancers and luckily Berlin has a lot to offer in this way. A coworking space is a physically collaborative shared workspace, which brings all kinds of creatives and entrepreneurs together. It’s a perfect place for startups, freelancers, digital nomads and even corporates searching for innovation. And it’s the biggest advantage towards the typical office space is that it pushes a collaborative exchange between its members and facilitates the creative process and networking.

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