The rise of female focused co-working spaces has me beaming with joy. You see, I don’t yet have a physical work location and I don’t foresee having one in the near future. I travel a fair bit and most of the work I do is done digitally and remotely. Investing in a co-working membership or day pass in the cities where I do the bulk of my business makes way more sense to me. As more women are becoming entrepreneurs (and I am so here for this), female focused co-working spaces are definitely important.
A female focused co-working space is more than a space where you come and get your work done, it’s a community of other like-minded women who are either at the beginning, mid or thriving in their entrepreneurial journey. It’s an opportunity to meet other women just like you, save on cost, ask questions, network, and participate in workshops that are being offered, specifically built for women. Think of a sisterhood of the dopest women, sharing knowledge within a supportive physical environment.
Here are some of my faves:
This co-working space opened in my hometown and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Toronto’s startup ecosystem is poppin’ and the number of female entrepreneurs is growing (yay!).
Make Lemonade is a 3000 sq feet space space created by entrepreneur Rachel Kelly. The space is located in downtown Toronto and houses fixed desks, hot desks, meeting rooms, outdoor space and communal space, all in a beautifully decorated and designed functional space.
Make Lemonade is a community of empowered women helping other women so members can also participate in weekly continuing education and networking events.
An array of membership options are available here whether you need a fixed desk, shared desk, access to the community or just a drop in.
The Wing is a membership-based multifunctional coworking space created for women. I fell in love with The Wing when I started creeping their motivational Instagram account last year and wishing at the time that such a space existed in my city.
Co-founded by Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan, The Wing is that one-stop-shop where you can work, take a meeting, get a blowout, have a drink, participate in empowering events and connect with other cool women.
The Wing is rapidly expanding as they recently raised a $32 million Series B round of funding that will see the Wing grow more locations in multiple cities.
You’ve probably read the My Little Paris Newsletter which has been around for years and highlights all the great Parisian addresses and events going around Paris. This newsletter created by Fanny Péchiodat and her associates has grown into a multimedia empire that now includes Mona.
Situated in the 3rd arrondissement, Mona is a beautiful coworking space for women entrepreneurs, the first of its kind in Paris. Mona houses casual space for women to work, network, run events and of course a bakery powered by Maman (side note – Maman makes the best cookies & if you can’t make it to Paris, you’ll find a Maman in Toronto and NYC).
Mona is open Tuesday to Saturday and is free for all for the first 3 months. You can find more information about Mona here.
Tel Aviv has been on my radar for the last few months, their startup ecosystem is on fire and there’s a lot of amazing innovative ideas coming out of Israel.
Founded by Merav Oren, a seasoned entrepreneur, WMN is a coworking space for women led ventures in Tel Aviv.
Although the space is not exclusively created for women, it must include at least one woman in the leadership team (founder, ceo) to be granted a membership at WMN.
There are three types of membership available at WMN, including membership access for international startups looking for a a coworking space for a short period. Membership information available here.
Do you know of any other women focused coworking spaces we should feature? Tell me, I’d love to know!