WFMG has a range of premises available for company founders. It is able to organise suitable shop premises and office, storage and production space and it has specialist knowledge of the sector. Once the company as ben set up, young entrepreneurs are given support and advice by contact persons from the different industries. Here is an overview of the coworking and office spaces and incubator services for young start-ups in Mönchengladbach.
The former bank at Albertusstrasse was repurposed in the spring of 2011: The concept “Bank – office management and coworking” gives young companies from various sectors the opportunity to rent an office unit. This is particularly aimed at innovative companies that provide solutions and consulting services which are in demand in the immediate surrounding area. Insider tip: The adjacent Café Kontor.
The Blauschmiede start-up centre is located in the NEW-Blauhaus on the university campus, an innovation project of the NEW utility company and the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences. Start-ups from the energy sector and beyond can find a temporary home here. Its distinguishing feature is its proximity to the university and the NEW, whose innovation managers from six future-oriented industries are also accommodated in the Blauhaus.
Cooperation instead of competition is the motto of CO21 coworking. Initially, it formed the first classic coworking offer in Mönchengladbach starting in 2016 on Hindenburgstrasse; renowned local founders took their first steps towards self-employment there. Since the end of 2019 it has been located on Rathausstraße (Alter Markt). There, the Social Impact Lab Mönchengladbach is now responsible for supporting companies that primarily have the advantage of the community in mind or want to develop in the direction of social business. On three floors, CO21 offers workplaces, offices, event and seminar rooms and even overnight accommodation.
As of spring 2020, CO21 Coworking will be represented by an additional location at Hauptstrasse 91, directly on the Rheydt market square. It consists of two open-plan areas, one behind the other, with a window front and skylights. Coworking desks and various separate work islands are located in the front, while a large seminar and workshop room with adjoining terrace is located in the rear. Coworkers can use a telephone and meeting room on the ground floor free of charge. Further rooms, kitchen and sanitary facilities are located in the basement. Coworking is aimed at small companies, start-ups, freelancers, students or other interested parties from Rheydt and the surrounding area. The back room can also be used by educational institutions or similar institutions.
A coworking space by creatives for creatives – that’s something that hadn’t existed before in Mönchengladbach. Until young filmmaker Çağdaş Eren Yüksel was looking for new space for his media production company Cocktailfilms. When he finally found suitable rooms near the Minto shopping mall, he knew right away: I’d like to launch more than just regular offices! And thus, “111 CoWorking” was born. Since the early summer of 2020, at Hindenburgstrasse 111, in the most central location, he has been offering a “sociable working atmosphere with a feel-good factor” – in the form of so-called hot desks (rented by the day), flex desks and fix desks. Around 15 workstations are available in total. Workshops, events and meetups and meeting rooms are also part of the portfolio, as are the popular “free beer Fridays”.
Neuwerker Business Office
The business office which was set up by Volksbank at Dammer Strasse 136 has been in the hands of Duisburger D&D Immobilien und Beteiligungsmanagement GmbH since summer 2018. However, the concept of combining affordable office space with a creative coworking atmosphere has stayed the same. Tenants, especially young tradespeople and other small businesses looking to escape their home office, have access to a professional office infrastructure with shared conference and seminar rooms, a reception and a copying station. The 20 to 25-square meter offices are furnished by the tenants themselves. Storage rooms and self-storage options are also available.
Professional office space is also available in the outskirts, such as in Wickrath in this case. The Nobel Business Center is all about lower overall costs while also offering better amenities. The special feature of the business model: The users – whether they are freelancers, run a small business or are looking for business premises for a regional branch – do not have to rent circulation areas, toilets, kitchens or meeting rooms, as is the norm – they only rent an office. The Business Center has been in existence since 2011, short rental periods of three months or more are possible, and office space is available in sizes from 13 to 150 m². The spatial cooperation of more than 50 tenants also results in numerous synergy effects.
Since summer 2018, Regus, a global provider of office space and business centres, has also been represented in Mönchengladbach. At Bismarckstraße 100, the company offers 44 fully equipped, high-class offices on two floors, ranging from 8-square metre offices to an entire office floor. Their offerings also include two conference rooms, two open meeting spaces and parking. Up to 117 workstations are available. The distinguishing feature of Regus is that tenants also have access to more than 3000 business lounges worldwide.
“All inclusive, plug and play” – this is how the Kabelwerk Businesspark advertises its office floor at Otto-Saffran-Strasse, which opened its doors in spring 2018. Initially, the offer comprises of twelve offices between 14 and 61 square metres in size, which are ready for occupancy. The portfolio also includes a communal kitchen, a meeting and presentation room as well as a roof terrace. The modern office concept is aimed specifically at the self-employed and young companies; the rent includes all utilities. Special feature: Tenants of the Kabelwerk-Businesspark can also rent additional archive, storage and workshop spaces.
Sektor M is a creative shared office space in the Alte Spinnerei at Sophienstraße, which was set up in 2007. Through the companies located there, it can also act as a full-service agency and more. Sector M is not only a place of work, a shared office space and presentation area, it is also a space where new creative ideas and solutions that inspire customers can thrive. There is currently a focus on the media industry, but other industries have also found a home here.
High-quality revitalisation for the main street in Rheydt – that is what ZWISCHENRAUM promises. Operated by matchingGenerations GmbH & Co. KG, the project complements the company’s predominantly social activities that began at matchingPoint Rheydt. In the ZWISCHENRAUM (“In-between space”), desks, rooms and exhibition space can be booked flexibly, WiFi, tea kitchen, presentation and meeting room as well as corresponding media are available. Freelancers, small entrepreneurs or artists can strengthen and network with each other in a central location. Due to the attractive design, the rooms are also suitable for sophisticated events.