On January 26th, 2018, the Coworking Spaces of Moldova conference took place in the coworking area of Fab Lab Iasi, together with 50 representatives from coworking spaces and business incubators in the region of Moldova (North-East Region from Romania and the Republic of Moldova).
In North-Eastern Romania there are 8 coworking spaces and 6 such spaces are active in Chisinau. Also, 6 business incubators are active in the Republic of Moldova, which aim to boost entrepreneurship in the cities where they operate. The numbers that were compiled at the conference show that over the entire Moldavian region there are over 10,000 square meters of coworking spaces with over 1,200 individual work stations.
In North-Eastern Romania there are 4,275 square meters in 7 working spaces where entrepreneurs, startups and freelancers operate. In these square meters, there are 205 places ready to accommodate people and businesses in areas such as technology, IT, design, marketing, HR, art, etc.
• IASI – Fab Lab Iasi (725 sqm), The Grape (450 sqm), Hubrica (800 sqm), Hackerspace (200 sqm) and Hub Resilience (100 sqm)
• PIATRA-NEAMT – Rubik Hub (1,600 sqm)
• ROMAN, Neamt County – Kult Hub (120 sqm)
• BACAU – Nest Hub (280 sqm)
In the Republic of Moldova, active coworking spaces amount to 6,000 square meters, hosting 1,000 seats for local entrepreneurs and freelancers.
• CHIŞINĂU – Tekwill (4,000 sqm), Digital Park (1,000 sqm), Generator Hub (400 sqm), iHUB (400 sqm), Armeneasca 13A (200 sqm) and Classter (3,000 sqm – in project).
In addition, incubators in the Republic of Moldova amount to 7,830 square meters and around 132 places for businesses of any kind in Nisporeni, Soroca, Singerei, Calarasi, Leova and Cahul.
Besides hosting entrepreneurs and freelancers in common workspaces, the hubs also aim to stimulate entrepreneurship through sessions, events and workshops on different themes, in order to increase the transfer of knowledge to those who have an idea business and are developing or those who already have a developed initiative but need support.
Around these spaces have formed communities of people who are open to offer what they have, what they know and what they are, to help develop the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem without waiting for a direct reward. It is a new philosophy that we want to build the new model of entrepreneurship.