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”.
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!
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.
Same old, same old - isn’t always all that bad. Sometimes, all that’s needed are some new perspectives! The city of Utrecht, for example, implemented a zero-emissions electric barge nicknamed the “Beer Boat”.
Since 2010 it’s carrying beer and food to the city’s downtown restaurants by using waterways. Other electric barges in Amsterdam not only deliver but even collect organic waste, which is then turned into biofuel in processing plants! Isn’t that cool?
It becomes clear that cities, logistics, as well as urban planners, are equally part of solving the inefficiency of the last-mile. Tackling this mountain of issues calls for teamwork!
A centralized platform, hub or network for similar companies, could do the trick to fill up the delivery vans & trucks that are barely loaded. Parcels could be distributed more efficiently between different companies and their delivery vehicles.
Like a big pool of parcels from different companies with every single parcel going into that one van with the same route!
Delivery Driver Experience and Smart Delivery Vehicles are also areas with huge potential for improvement and innovation.
Ellie: Two years ago we adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to building a self-sovereign organization. That means we can’t take VC funding or sell public shares of the company.
Volker: Jolocom is a community driven organisation – both in a tech sense but also much further beyond. We’re hugely involved in the DWeb community where we organize and attend events for the decentralized community. Every year we also help organize and attend the DWeb Camp in San Francisco, which brings together all kinds of creatives so this technology of tomorrow is built in a collaborative way.
Next to that on-demand experiences have become firmly embedded into people’s everyday lives - be it a mobile app to book a ride, send flowers to your loved ones or order lunch to your office. It’s all possible and has made premium features like real-time tracking a standard. The online consumer expects nothing less and certainly doesn’t like to wait.
Making that quick and instant gratification happen is another story though. Groundbreaking ideas and innovations are needed to tackle all these factors. Does your startup have one?
Volker: There is this really nice place, called Green Rabbit with salads and baked potatoes where I like to go to. Sometimes I just keep it simple and go to Lidl.
Ellie: I eat a lot in west.berlin cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.