By 2020, 40 per cent of the workforce will be freelancers, temps, independent contractors and solopreneurs, according to The Bureau of Labour Statistics. The demand for coworking spaces in Vancouver alone has rapidly increased in the past year, with over 10,000 people in B.C. joining the reigns of self-employment since July 2014.
On Monday, Spacekraft officially launched in Burnaby, as Metro Vancouver’s newest coworking space and a place for the self employed to build their “kraft.” With 10,000 square feet of space, 74 desks, 13 private offices and vibrant social spaces, Spacekraft provides a new, adaptable platform for business growth. They meet basic needs with impressive work spaces but also offer businesses and independents critical resources such as peer-to-peer mentoring, accountability sessions and education.
Spacekraft has structured the facility and programs to encourage collaboration between members, recognizing that a network of resources and sense of community can help facilitate business growth.
Spacekraft founder Darryl Bosa saw the potential of coworking almost 15 years ago, when he first entered the workforce. After years in the corporate world, he left the security of a steady paycheck and full benefits for the thrill and risk of creating his own company. Through this experience, he realized the compelling benefits of coworking and decided to meet the growing demand here in Metro Vancouver.
“At Spacekraft, our common goal is to pursue our passion, and support those around us in pursuing theirs,” Bosa says. “We’re seeing a demand for coworking spaces, especially in a burgeoning business hub like Burnaby. Spacekraft is meeting that demand, and providing an opportunity to entrepreneurs, freelancers and the post-recession workforce.”
Bosa’s vision for Spacekraft is to lead the trend in redefining what it means to be a “company” by shedding the traditional parameters of office spaces, 9 to 5, corporate structure and siloed business growth.
To celebrate the launch, and as a part of Vancouver Startup Week, Spacekraft is hosting a free event with a lineup of handpicked industry experts (including Vancity Buzz’s Editor-in-Chief Farhan Mohamed) for an evening of Q&A and discussion topics, including:
The event will allow attendees to ask their burning questions, make connections and discover what the new space is all about.
When: Tuesday, September 22
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Spacekraft – 201-4501 Kingsway, Burnaby
Tickets: Free! Register online