Apt613 met up with one of Ottawa’s newest coworking spaces, Coworkly, to get you an update on the local scene. As more people branch out into freelancing gigs, start businesses, or work out of the office, coworking spaces have sprung up around the city.
Coworkly is located close to the downtown core on Montreal Road. And although it’s only a few months old, it has plans for Ottawa’s tech scene. With skills workshops the pipeline, this place has aspirations to become a hub for the entrepreneurial community in the East End. The working floor is open to workers of all stripes, but tailored to the needs of technology entrepreneurs. The high-tech event space, equipped with audio/visual equipment and a Facebook livestreaming nook, hosts evening events as well as lunch and learns. There is even a podcasting studio available for booking in the same building.
Many of Coworkly’s users are remote workers that are employed by companies located across town, or even across the country. The modern, technology-driven economy is rearranging how goods and services are provided and coworking spaces are part of this. They allow employers to build remote teams from all over the world. For workers, the appeal of coworking spaces can be as simple as a rise in quality of life from a shorter commute. Small business owners or digital nomads use coworking as a way to connect with likeminded folks.
Coworkly sees itself as part of Vanier’s community. By offering services to local entrepreneurs and small businesses, it hopes that the space can also support local economic development. The potential is definitely there in a neighbourhood that is close to Centretown landmarks, while being significantly less pricey. Places like Coworkly are part of the ecosystem that enables Ottawa’s innovators to take risks, and that’s something we can all celebrate.
For more information, including how to sign up for services and membership plans, visit www.coworkly.ca. You can also visit 261 Montreal Road, 3rd Floor, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm .