One of the changes that the internet age has wrought for many organisations is the option to work remotely. This has saved many the time and man-hours spent in commute and a lot of money as well. This state of affairs has given room for the rise of co-working spaces to cater to the needs of startups, freelancers and telecommuters. Before the rise of coworking spaces, coffee shops and spacious restaurants used the availability of free wifi to draw the freelancing demography. Coworking spaces, however, simulate a relaxed working atmosphere and are believed to provide better room for concentration and focus.
In Ghana, coworking spaces have been steadily coming up, with most of these establishments providing high-speed internet and affordable prices for users with different payment plans. The rise in coworking spaces can be attributed to the increase in freelancers and telecommuters on the Ghanaian job scene. The rise can also be attributed to one of the argued downsides to telecommuting which is that people are less productive when working from home and so need to simulate the conventional work environment.
Shared working spaces apart from providing the required furniture and reliable internet also provide a lot of support for freelancers and telecommuters. These spaces naturally evolve into communal spaces that foster networking and provide technical support based on the strengths of each individual. For start-ups especially, the benefits of working in shared spaces instead of adding the cost of rented space to the already enormous cost of starting a business is a great relief. With that said, here is a list of some popular co-working spaces in Ghana:
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iSpace Foundation is a technology hub in Ghana known which offers a co-working space, tools and facilities for entrepreneurs and startups to launch and manage their business ideas in Ghana.
Location: iSpace is located in Labone, near Bosphorus Restaurant
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Workshed is a coworking community that aims to provide a workspace for freelancers and startups to nurture and grow their businesses.
Founded by two young entrepreneurs from Ashesi University, Workshed presents affordable rates for users who are looking for a place to work and hold events.
Location: Baatsona Spintex Road, in the same building as HFC Bank (Close to Baatsona Filling Station)
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Impact Hub provides workspace, access to capital and connecting entrepreneurs focused on creating sustainable solutions to regional challenges in employment, financial inclusion, agriculture, health, and education.
Location: Otswe Street, Accra (Osu)
Regus offers fully serviced office spaces, virtual offices, co-working spaces, and meeting rooms for its customers.
Location: Roman Ridge, Accra
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HapaSpace provides a dynamic community for entrepreneurs, freelancers, start-ups, early-stage businesses, social enterprises and business professionals in the Kumasi area.
HapaSpace offers a social entrepreneurship programme, demo nights, startup events and training sessions and coworking spaces.
Location: Prempeh I Street, Kumasi
Ho Node is a hub located in Ho in the Volta region. They provide inclusive spaces that support digital innovation culture among peri-urban and rural youth in Ghana.
Location: Near The Ho Polytechnic, Ho
Kumasi Hive is a collaborative workspace offering access to tools, technology, & business support for innovators in Ghana.
They provide co-working space, event space, Training Space, Makerspace and Hardware studio as a service.
Location: Hse 49, SE 29056 Drive, 2nd Turn Behind Mizpah School, Kumasi
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iCode offers its members a coworking space with meeting rooms, a general meeting area, internet access, provides coffee for the early-birds and even goes further to provide lunch if you stick around longer. iCode adds these extra amenities to increase collaboration between the community members and provide a space for all to work from.
Location: Famous Avenue, Takoradi
*Upcoming Co-Working Space
This building is being refurbished for the new Kukun workspace
Kukun is a new workspace providing fully furnished, serviced office spaces in Osu, Accra. Through co-working membership, dedicated desks and private offices. Kukun will help provide a perfect working environment which offers fibre optic internet and a space to buy food and drinks.
Location: 10 Koi St, Accra
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Joseph-Albert Kuuire is the creator and editor of TechNovaGh.com, an online digital platform focusing on technology in Ghana. I’m also a UX Designer, book reader, and tech enthusiast (duh!). Email: [email protected]