As of June, there is a new coworking space in Luxembourg city. Silversquare, Belgian leader in coworking spaces, is crossing borders to implement its first office in the Luxembourg city center, rue Glesener. Silicon Luxembourg met with Claudine Bettendroffer, head of Silversquare Luxembourg’s development.
(Featured Image: Claudine Bettendroffer, Silversquare Luxembourg’s country leader / Image Credit © Olivier Minaire)
Can you explain to our readers the Silversquare success story of?
Silversquare opened its first coworking space in Belgium 10 years ago, making it the first coworking space of its kind in the heart of Europe. At that time, the two founders intended to create a company, but encountered some issues in finding offices. That’s when they had the idea to create a coworking space for entrepreneurs looking to launch their businesses and in need of offices to do so.
Silversquare has significantly grown since then, with new investors joining, such as Befimmo, a Belgian regulated real estate company specialized in managing business offices.
“Silversquare focuses on having a diverse community with different backgrounds and experiences. In our Belgian offices, you will meet lawyers, developers, writers, stylists, startups, sport coaches and many more.”
What makes Silversquare different from other coworking spaces?
Silversquare provides efficient, innovative, warm and inspiring working premises and services to meet the needs of small and medium-sized entrepreneurs.
We offer prestigious services such as the ones you could find in a business center, i.e. reception desk to welcome the clients and receive mail, office manager on site for the day-to- day organization (such as meeting room schedules), and perhaps most importantly, there is a 24/7 access for members that need such flexibility to work beyond normal office hours.
But, professional services shouldn’t be honored to the detriment of well-being. That’s why Silversquare’s offices offer a relaxed and open atmosphere to feel good at work and encourage interaction between members.
Silversquare also focuses on having a diverse community with different backgrounds and experiences. In our Belgian offices, you will meet lawyers, developers, writers, stylists, startups, sport coaches and many more.
“We really want this place to live so we intend to welcome events of every kinds, such as seminars on professional developments, stress management, blockchain, IA and so on.”
Can you briefly describe the Luxembourg office?
The office is 2300 m2 with 43 private desks and 100 desks in open space.
With the help of our architect, we have designed a wonderful place with many alcoves, niches, bench seats, high tables and also spaces that we called “cockpits” (think boxes to work without being disturbed!). All those architectural elements are the reflection of Silversquare’s concept of creating an entrepreneurship spirit, with high flexibility. On site, we have a perfect balance between community interaction and quiet areas to perform your work in the best professional way.
And on top of that, we also have a bar, a kitchen, a garden and a balcony!
We really want this place to live so we intend to welcome events of every kinds, such as seminars on professional developments, stress management, blockchain, IA and so on.
On a more practical note, entrepreneurs can rent by the month for a starting price of €395, with a choice between flex or fixed formulas (depending if you rent a specific desk or only open space access). In addition, we propose a day pass for a €30 (€250 for 10). One important point to stress is our no minimum commitment time policy, to give the best flexibility to entrepreneurs that are just starting off.
“With a huge presence in Belgium, Silversquare now intends to become the leader in Luxembourg and we are all working hard to make it happen.”
What will you bring to Silversquare here in Luxembourg through your personal background?
I had several years of experience in advising innovative startups in Luxembourg, so I know quite well entrepreneurs needs and the Luxembourgish ecosystem.
When Silversquare approached me, it took me little time to be convinced that I wanted to help them implement Silversquare in Luxembourg.
With a huge presence in Belgium (the 4 th co-working center with 5,000 m2 capacity has just opened in Uccle, Brussels) Silversquare now intends to become the leader in Luxembourg and we are all working hard to make it happen. We hope that this office rue Glesener is the first to many more, but one step at the time!