The world of coworking places

What is a coworking place ?

We define coworking space as a shared professional work space that allows pooling of resources.

Connected, animated and collaborative, the coworking space welcomes varied profiles: creator, leaders, students or employees.

Consolidated as a community, this new way of working allows users to improve their creativity and productivity by controlling the costs associated with hosting.

Coworking spaces that

welcome new users and vary the diversity of profiles pool their investments and efforts to be more attractive and visible

Companies that

perceive the benefits of such working environment for their employees but remain cautious about its quality. They seek quality guarantees on the services offered as well as a dense network


growth in 6-year third-party locations

coworking spaces around the world

third-places in France, Paris ranks third in the world


of teleworkers arriving in 2016

About collaborative workspaces

Coworking was born in 1995 in Berlin with C-base, a computer association which then counts more than 500 members with the habit of exchanging subjects software, hardware and networks.

The collaborative workspace concept, sometimes called third-place, has been described by Ray Oldenburg of the University of Pensacola in Florida. In his 1980 book The Great, Good Place, he refers to social environments distinguished from the two main ones that are home and work. It indicates that third-parties are important for civil society, democracy, civic engagement and create a sense of space, complementary, dedicated to the social life of the community.

Europe is the continent with the most coworking space in the world, it is now the epicenter of coworking in the world and, within it, the Île-de-France was part of the leading tierce in 2015 movement.

In France, since its creation in 2000, NUMA has been the initiator of several flagship projects such as La Cantine, a venue for digital actors offering a collaborative networked workspace, shared resources and federating events. The barometer Néonomade 2016, listed up tu 900 spaces of all types in France.

    Today, these new collaborative workspaces are urban or set up in all our territories as:

  • Attractive professional place by a research in design, hospitality and animation
  • Collective of exchanges and conviviality
  • Platform for shared services

4 types of Third Places

Public spaces

Coworking spaces

Les centres d’affaires et les télécentres

Le corpoworking

Public spaces

  • C3 Compatibility  60% 60%

Features: Connected, friendly, often for leisure and learning new Internet technologies.

Services : Internet connection and battery chargers.

Challenge: To boost attendance and digital uses.

Customers: Nomads and citizens on the move for temporary use.

A real service in the 2000s, they are being renewed today.

Coworking spaces

  • C3 Compatibility  80% 80%

Features: A place of emulation and innovation, of collaborative work, common good carried by a community, developing open innovation.

Services: Rentals, events, training, creation: “Do it yourself”.

Challenge: Energize territories and develop economic activities and solidarity through innovation.

Customers: Residents and nomads: entrepreneurs, freelancers, self-entrepreneurs, start-ups, teleworkers, employees in transition and students.

Business centers and telecentres

  • C3 Compatibility  90% 90%

Features: Located in conurbation hubs or high density economy areas, in urban and peri-urban areas, this is the most attractive set up for private actors.

Services: Hiring, animations, connection platforms.

Challenge: Develop profit margin alternatives.

Customers: Teleworkers and nomads.


  • C3 Compatibility  60% 60%

Features: These professional spaces borrow the atmosphere and values of coworking applied to the company (friendly and collaborative).

Services: Sharing of tools and collaborative workspaces.

Challenge: Prefigure the transformation of a more agile, open and creative company.

CustomersEmployees and their ecosystems (customers, prospects, partners, subcontractors, start-ups, etc.).

History of Coworking


One of the first spaces: C-Base in Berlin



Brian DeKoven launches the word “Coworking”
as a way to identify a method that would facilitate collaborative work and business meetings, coordinated by computers.



1st coworking space in Vienna


1st local coworking network

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