Vancouver, the best place on earth is also an underrated startup hub, recently ranked 18th in the world. Victoria, the capital of British Columbia also has a fantastic local startup scene and Kelowna is a sunshine filled wine valley with many successful entrepreneurs in that industry among others.
Canadians know the importance of enjoying the sunshine while it lasts and it's so beautiful in British Columbia during the summer that it can be difficult to get work done. With some of the best mountain resorts in the world, it can also be difficult to concentrate on work during the winter months. British Columbia startups and freelancers realize that the rain is their friend and when it's dreary out they work hard to achieve an envious work/life balance the rest of the year in beautiful British Columbia. Here are the very best co-working spaces that help make this possible.
Okanagan co+Lab has been supporting new entrepreneurs and inspired creative professionals to work in a new way — through coworking. They are a community of people who choose to work together, more productively, to make our work, our lives, our cities and communities better.
The co+Lab has been home to more than 100 people — helping them find their career path, start and grow a business, and be a part of an amazing community. Being a coworking space means they live through values of community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability and openness.
Werklab sees the value in creativity and innovation. They believe that your environment should be nothing but inspiring to facilitate both of these two things. At Werklab, their sole intention is to provide a sense of community, and a culture, which fosters collaboration and connection with other equally brilliant peers. They thrive on being a Vancouver boutique coworking space that goes way beyond just the term "work" space.
As we know the importance of learning from others, their successes, and mistakes, they have orchestrated a program to cultivate knowledge sharing. Their coworkers have the opportunity to sit around the boardroom table and hear from some of the top entrepreneurs and thought leaders in Western Canada. At the end of the day, their overarching goal is to help contribute to the success of Vancouver coworkers.
Work Here is a professional coworking space dedicated to bringing a creative and exciting office work environment to the North Fraser Valley area, specifically Maple Ridge. Coworking is a new and innovative style of shared working environment. It’s a place you can call your own and harness your creative energies through an inviting collaborative and community-driven workspace. Join their community of freelancers, entrepreneurs, consultants, designers, developers, writers, artists, educators, small business owners, startups, telecommuters, marketers, videographers, game developers and more. Work Here is committed to providing a creative co-operative work environment at a reasonable cost, easy access and convenient location to prevent long commutes and working from home.
Created in response to what we see as a natural alignment between the collaborative design process and the evolving needs of coworking communities, The Watershed draws on Watershed Partners' expertise in this co-design environment for coworkers.
With twelve permanent workstations and 60 hot desks, alongside rentable gathering rooms and the design space - a curated environment that supports and frames the collaborative design process - The Watershed’s unique architectural layout has been designed to cultivate community interaction and a variety of engagement formats. These engagements create opportunities for building, maintaining, and reinforcing relationships, systems, and ways of working.
Suite Genius evolved out of a desire to avoid a commute downtown and to find a fresh and creative place to work closer to home. Suite Genius locations are in the heart of their respective neighborhoods, Kitsilano and Mt. Pleasant, and are close to major transit routes. Both offer convenient alternatives to a commute downtown.
They strive to foster a community where members have opportunities to collaborate, network and support each other. A community where we learn and grow from each other, celebrate our individual and collective successes and have some fun along the way.
A coworking space located in Penticton's vibrant downtown neighborhood. They offer a comfortable, casual work environment with amenities and social opportunities suited to tech start-ups, non-profit organizations, remote workers, and small businesses.
Coworking is a new style of work which involves a shared work environment, yet independent activity. The concept was born in 2006 and since then the number of coworking spaces launching worldwide has doubled each year. Coworking is often attractive to entrepreneurs, creatives, tech developers, work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently and end up working in relative isolation. Coworking offers a solution to the problem of isolation that many experiences while working in a home office or in coffee shops, while at the same time offering an escape from the distractions of home. It is a place for focus and productivity but it also houses space for socializing and networking.
The Dock Victoria is a coworking space for community builders, social entrepreneurs, creatives and engaged people. In a great location off Fan Tan Alley in Chinatown. It has high ceilings, lots of light, brick walls and open beams with seismic upgrades. It allows for up to 30 desks in 4 offices, a lounge area, kitchenette, a phone booth for private calls, small 4-8 person meeting room, and a large 30 person board room with a projector. The Dock provides a platform for groups to experiment, blend sectors, and uncover innovations to manifest a more caring, resilient, and abundant future.
Beta Collective is Surrey’s first coworking space. Catering to entrepreneurs, small business owners, and non-profit organizations, providing flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and most importantly, an environment to foster engagement and business referrals. Their private workspaces offer you the freedom and flexibility of having your own office and the convenience of being part of a larger organizational setup with access to meeting rooms, high-speed internet, kitchen, mailboxes and more.
Spacekraft is a platform for small business owners, freelancers and contractors to rent space, host meetings and attend events. More than a coworking space; they are a business community, a place where companies grow and support each other. By working in a shared space, you can tap into the communal amenities, chat to local entrepreneurs and enjoy educational and social events, and as a member gain access to a host of benefits including health benefits, travel insurance, discounted car-sharing and food delivery, and discounts at local restaurants and businesses, to name a few.
A space to build your craft. Small business owners, freelancers, contractors, and visionaries unite. Spacekraft provides all the support and services you need to thrive and be successful.
The Profile is a unique lifestyle business club and workspace. A space that inspires meaningful encounters, exchanges, and connections. A workspace that is full of diverse people working on amazing ideas and businesses. They’ve created a professional yet social shared office space that blends the best of serviced offices and business membership clubs with various professional and informal settings to create a very different kind of working environment.
A place with all the tools and trimmings needed so you can focus on your work. They host a calendar of stylish, cultured, urban business events and activities for their members and member guests. Their social and business networking activities are upscale but not pretentious. They unite and integrate Vancouver’s professional, startup and artistic business communities; always with an emphasis on connection and collaboration. So whether your focus is business, connections or just a great business workspace, you're invited to join their community.
The HiVE is building a network of knowledge, connection, and innovative action in order to take on society’s most complex challenges. The HiVE supports and amplifies the social impact sector by providing the social cohesion, human capital, and resources that enable their members and partners to thrive.
They do this important work by mixing one part shared-space with one part collaboration and a dash of love. What exactly is social impact? To The HiVE, social impact means creating a sustainable, just and inclusive economy that values people and planet above profit. They believe that in order to create this aforementioned social impact, Vancouver’s change-makers need to have a strong culture of collaboration along with accessible support services in place. They're making this happen by using the powerful tool of shared-space to co-work, host events, deliver programming, and build community.
They believe shared space can be used to build community, encourage collaboration, and create accessibility; they use it to combat isolation, create deep and meaningful personal and professional connections, and to make Vancouver just a little bit more affordable.
Their members come from diverse sectors, backgrounds, and places; but they all have a passion for making the world a better place. Their community is made up of non-profits, for-profits, entrepreneurs, creatives, activists, professionals and techies who are challenging the status quo. Together, we have skills, experience and knowledge in community economic development, green building, youth empowerment, food systems, aboriginal affairs, sustainability, law, design, social labs and everything in between.
Coworking is a global movement that recognizes that people work better together than they do alone. Consultants or those with workplace flexibility benefit by having a place where they can gather to work on independent work in the company of others. Other benefits include expanded networking opportunities, access to professional amenities at a low cost, and enhanced productivity
Kamloops Innovation is a technology business accelerator offering programs that guide, coach and mentor early stage ventures; shared office spaces and technology community events. Kamloops Innovation is a non-profit society that serves the Central Interior region of BC and is and part of the British Columbia Acceleration Network.
Kamloops Innovation inspires, nurtures, and accelerates technology-based startup businesses in order to enrich and develop the Kamloops business community.
The Network Hub located in downtown Vancouver and offers various options to meet different working styles from coworking, private office, hotdesking, meeting room rental and virtual office. Their goal is to provide a calm inspiring work space where entrepreneurs can connect, create and collaborate on new and exciting opportunities. The Network Hub is equipped with all the resources required to start and run a successful company. They offer mailbox rental service, phone answering services, and a variety of packages.
The space is characterized by exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, and high ceilings. Each office is lit with plenty of natural light from large windows on the east, north and south faces of the building.