The Rise of Coworking and its economic benefit to Dublin

The Coworking Europe Conference takes place 8th, 9th, 10th November in Croke Park, Dublin, supported by Dublin City Council and Local Enterprise Office Dublin City. It is the most insightful event in Europe regarding the rise of coworking, its impact on entrepreneurship, innovation and the overall future of the workplace.

This year’s conference addresses coworking from three perspectives – Business, Trends and Impact. 500 attendees from Europe, North America and beyond will attend the 3 day event to share best practice, to connect and build on collaborative projects.  Expert speakers will present from 19 global regions, sharing their thoughts and best practices with an audience comprising coworking space operators, facility managers and real estate pundits. Local Authorities will be represented together with public development agencies, universities and startup incubator managers.

Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath/Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál Mac Donncha will officially open this prestigious international conference with a keynote speech contextualizing the challenges and opportunities facing today’s workforce.  Speaking before the conference Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha said “At a time when it is becoming increasingly difficult for entrepreneurs to access affordable work space, coworking represents a viable solution to this problem.  It is important that we in Dublin City Council support innovative ways of working which enable a flexible work life balance and the opportunity to develop strong relationships that support sustainable ways of working in a our great capital city”.

Jean-Yves Huwart, the founder of Coworking Europe said “Coworking paves the way for tectonic changes in our modern economies. The concept and values of coworking are shaping the patterns of change in areas as broad as entrepreneurship development, revival of urban areas and development of new ecosystems of innovation”.

“Coworking has grown from humble beginnings to over 3,000 workers in Ireland within 8 years and provides Freelancers and small businesses with accessible and supportive workspace. Community is at the heart of coworking, with values like collaboration, connectivity and sustainability, values shared by Dublin City Council and the Local Enterprise Office Dublin City.  Dublin City is proud to host and support this globally connected Coworking Conference” said Greg Swift, Head of Enterprise & Economic Development, Dublin City Council.


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Notes to Editor

Definition:  Coworking

Professionals from different working areas, independent workers, nomad workers and entrepreneurs find themselves in the same physical space to work on their own projects.

They don’t only seek to break with their isolation and to find an alternative solution to their home office or to the company office they are used to working from; but also to belong to a community of individuals who are open to exchange ideas, and eventually, who are ready to collaborate. It’s not limited to the sharing of a facility.

All over Europe, public institutions and companies are starting to consider Coworking as a source of inspiration in order to implement new working, innovation and collaboration approaches.

In Numbers

As of early 2015, more than 2,800 coworking spaces are in operation in Europe. In less than 5 years, the total of coworking spaces has overtaken the total of incubators and innovation centres operating in Europe.  The number of coworking spaces worldwide is almost doubling every year, getting close to 8,500 globally.