New to the Norwegian capital? Or just started looking at new premises to launch your startup? Coworking spaces could be ideal for you. The cost-effective and flexible way to run your business, coworking is increasingly popular all around the world, and particularly in the Nordics.
Spread across two historic buildings of 3500 sqm2, 657 Oslo is Norway’s largest coworking space. It is currently the home of 220 people from more than 90+ companies. They focus on creative entrepreneurship, and the membership prices are super flexible, including drop-in options and one day a week only. You can also set up your own office at 657 Oslo (but do contact them for pricing).
Perks include the usual fast internet, coffee and tea, private phone booth, printers, and 24/7 access. There is a wide array of meetings rooms and event spaces so you can host workshops, parties, and interviews at your leisure.
Founded in 2012, MESH was the first coworking space in Oslo, and it’s still growing today. Two new hubs are on the way, namely MESH Youngstorget, at Møllergata 6-8, and MESH Drammen, in the heart of the city. This means if you couldn’t get a spot in the original building, you’ll soon be able to join an expanding community of entrepreneurs and attend events, enjoy the great facilities, and the expected perks like fast WiFi, meeting rooms, and a printing area.
MESH is actually part of a Nordics-wide community of creators, which links them with Founders House in Copenhagen, DIGS in Trondheim, and companies like Kahoot!, Spotify and Snapchat.
The coworking space of Startup Campus itself aims to be more than a collection of shared offices. It’s a 2,500 sqm open-door community for anyone who wants to hang out and surround themselves with fellow entrepreneurs. Don’t let the fact that it’s located above a parking garage scare you: the facilities are as modern and friendly as you can hope.
Founded in 2012, SoCentral is more than a coworking space: it’s a full venture dedicated to sharing knowledge via open-source, sustainability, and social innovation. If you want to be part of a community that works towards a more open, sustainable and inclusive society, this is the place for you. To set up your company at SoCentral, you can either rent a space or become a member of their incubator program.
With two locations at Oscars gate, an accelerator and connections to a number of government funding programs, Oslo International House also aims to be more than just a coworking space. They want to be a hub for cross-border business in Oslo and help facilitate bilateral setups of Chambers of Commerce.
But they do also have shared offices! And an interesting and unique offer from Oslo International House is the ability to set up a virtual office with their postal address and occasional access to meeting rooms. It’s a great way to give your budding company legitimacy, especially for face-to-face meetings with potential investors.
Share, as the name suggests, is all about the cross-pollination of ideas for Norwegian startups. The emphasis is on creating a community of like-minded entrepreneurs and creatives, with a focus on tech startups.
Bringing together digitally-innovative companies in Stockholm, Helsinki, Amsterdam, and Oslo, Epicenter is a veritable startup hub for the Nordics. The Norwegian location, in Edvard Storms, is indeed in the (epi)center of town, which makes it easy to connect for meetings and networking.
In fact, the events calendar at Epicenter is probably one of the biggest selling points for members. You’ll get to attend all kinds of conferences on AI, robotics, technology, and even social events like craft beer tasting or Christmas “ugly sweater” parties.
An initiative from Simula Research Laboratory, the Simula Garage is a coworking space designed to accommodate a mix of entrepreneurial projects and startups by OlsoMet students, alumni and staff (the premises are located at the Oslo Metropolitan University). Since its inception in 2016, it has helped 80 startups get started through support with PR soft funding and networking opportunities.
It is a research-oriented space, where your startup would ideally be dedicated to tackling scientific challenges with long term impact on society. This includes communication systems, computer science, software engineering, cybersecurity, and machine learning, amongst others.
After successfully running a handful of locations in London and Ireland, co-working space Huckletree is now opening an Oslo location. The premises are impressive: 10,000 sq ft on the waterfront next to TV2’s live broadcast suite. There is no specific vertical for the startups who wish to apply, and looking at the UK membership tiers, it looks like Huckletree is just as suited for solo freelancers as it is for growing startups.
Greenhouse is a coworking and event space located in the “upcoming agricultural district in Grønland”. And yes, it is the home of companies working on innovative solutions to urban challenges, particularly in the food tech sphere.
Different memberships give you access to different areas, such as the Work Lounge and Flex area. You’ll also get to try your hand at cooking classes, be first in line to join the upcoming food incubator, and explore what else the community is doing in the sustainability / green movement sphere.
We’ve only selected 10 co-working spaces to look at different specific niches, but of course, the Norwegian capital has tons more to offer.
You can also look at the International giants like Spaces, WeWork, and Evolve, who have an increasing presence across Norway, and don’t forget to check out local university websites, as they sometimes have coworking offers for non-alumni and students.