The best coworking spaces in the Basel Area

7 min read
08 Nov 2021

n established epicenter of research, and with easy access to French and German markets, the Basel Area is an exciting place for entrepreneurs to to start and grow their businesses. Since supportive environments that provide resources and comfortable workspaces are a key part of any entrepreneurial ecosystem, here are the top seven coworking spaces in the region according to the local community.

Business Parc Reinach. Photo: Pino Covino

📍 Christoph Merian-Ring 11, 4153 Reinach

In May 2017, Business Parc Reinach started offering coworking space where startups and entrepreneurs alike can benefit from shared high-end facilities and member perks such as telephone and postal services. The space includes a total of 4,000 m2 of office space, including 150 m2 dedicated to ten coworking spaces. Members can choose between two options: Coworking Fix, which requires a rental period of at least six months, and Coworking Flex, which allows members to reserve a space for a certain period of time. 

Business Parc Reinach caters to a wide variety of business sectors, with members in IT, life sciences and technology, among others. It also offers free consulting for startups based in Basel-Landschaft – a team of experts is available to assist entrepreneurs through all stages of the startup lifecycle. Business Parc Reinach is developing a new building, which will provide space for fifty more companies.

Impact Hub Basel. Photo: Impact Hub Basel

📍 Münchensteinerstr. 274a, 4053 Basel

Founded in 2017, Impact Hub Basel started out as an association and community with a series of events focussed on supporting social entrepreneurs, sustainable startups and purpose-driven innovators. In November 2019, in collaboration with Christoph Merian Stiftung, the organization opened a coworking and events space in Dreispitz. With sixty-four desks, a dedicated events venue, multiple meeting rooms, private phone booths, a community kitchen, outdoor terrace

and a zero-waste cafe, the large and airy building offers a versatile, inspiring and welcoming space to work. Members can choose from a variety of flexible packages, including day passes, monthly hot-desk memberships and fixed-desk options. There are also special offers for students and associations.

The Impact Factory is the Hub’s large event space, which can be hired on a half-day or daily basis and includes wifi, projectors and whiteboards, as well as video conferencing facilities. Community and connection are at the core of Impact Hub Basel’s mission and it actively encourages and engages with members to create a collaborative, impact-driven ecosystem. 

Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area. Photo: Adriano Biondo

📍 Gewerbestr. 24, 2nd Floor, 4123 Allschwil

Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area was founded in 2016 as part of a network of innovation parks created by the foundation Switzerland Innovation – an initiative to promote research, development and collaboration between companies, startups and universities in Switzerland. The park is spread across four sites in the Basel Area. The focus of the main site, Allschwil, is biotech and medtech, the Basel and Novartis Campus sites are home to digital health, and the Jura site is focused on medtech, digital health, healthtech and industrial transformation. A new Allschwil site will open as the main campus in 2022, where a new state-of- the-art building designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron will offer 50,000 m2 of office and lab space.

All sites offer a wide range of facilities, including office spaces, coworking areas, private and shared labs, meeting rooms, lounges and cafeterias. Accelerator programs also take place at each of the sites. 

Technologiepark Basel. Photo: Michel Jaussi & Malco Messerli

📍 Hochbergerstr. 60C, 4057 Basel

Founded in 2011 by the Economic Development Section of Kanton Basel-Stadt, Technologiepark Basel provides office space and laboratories for startups on favorable terms. The canton saw an opportunity to develop a coworking space for technology and biotech startups that would otherwise face obstacles in setting up their laboratory or office. Located in Stücki Park, a unique innovation hub in northern Basel, Technologiepark has fully equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories with communal infrastructure and a range of dedicated offices for rent on an affordable and flexible basis.

The space includes breakout areas, kitchens, showers, a large auditorium and a variety of meeting rooms that can also be rented by nonmembers. Since its inception, Technologiepark has expanded three times and can now accommodate up to about 250 people. It attracts a mix of life sciences (particularly biotech and medtech) and IT companies, and fosters a collaborative and supportive environment. Occupants have the opportunity to attend Technologiepark’s community-building program, which includes lunch and learn sessions and social gatherings, and are encouraged to become part of a friendly and open community. 

The 5th Floor. Photo: Philip Giese & David Sutter

📍 Hofackerstr. 40B, 4132 Muttenz

The 5th Floor coworking and innovation space is located on the top floor of the sitEX Powerhouse building next to FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. It offers lockable cubicles, fixed and flexible desks, virtual offices and meeting, seminar, project and multimedia rooms. There’s also a kitchen, communal area and rooftop terrace, and the CO.LAB community laboratory. The 5th Floor is home to a young, dynamic and diverse crowd of entrepreneurs and freelancers from various industries, including life sciences. The decor is appropriately professional but brightened up with splashes of color.

As well as daily and monthly coworking passes, sitEX offers a shareable family card with daycare and five hours of coworking a month included. Members can also access the Powerhouse gym, canteen, restaurant, post office, bike storage room and more. The 5th Floor hosts workshops and social events and, for selected companies, offers mentoring, coaching and access to funding opportunities via the inQbator incubator. For those wishing to expand overseas, there’s a plug-and-play market-entry solution through international branches of The 5th Floor (currently, Orlando, Florida and Puerto Rico, with more on the way), which can connect members with partner service providers, including accountants, lawyers, IT and more.

The Manhattan. Photo: Emilie Dobric & Alison Collaud

📍 Route de Moutier 9, 2800 Delémont

In the town of Delémont, situated in the hills of rural Jura about forty minutes outside of Basel, coworking was largely a foreign concept until Emilie Dobric came along. A young go-getter from the canton, she teamed up with the Jura government to establish The Manhattan, a cozy tech hive on the second floor of a high-ceilinged historical building close to the train station.

Opened mid-pandemic in October 2020, The Manhattan has approximately ten members who make use of its floating desks, while the conference rooms are populated by a rotating cast of startups from the Romandy region and beyond. It doesn’t have the same networking opportunities as larger spaces in the center of Basel, but The Manhattan has everything you need to get remote work done in Jura’s quaint cantonal capital: fast internet, printing capabilities, a soundproof phone booth and a chill-out room to provide peace and quiet. You can also mingle with the locals in the downstairs bar, appropriately named Brooklyn.

Westhive Basel Rosental. Photo: Westhive AG

📍 Sandgrubenstrasse 44, 4058 Basel

Westhive began in Zurich in April 2018, when the cofounders of a boutique digital- and growth-marketing consultancy were looking to set up a shared office space. After successfully launching in three Zurich locations, they set their sights on Basel and its lively life sciences and startup scene. Hearing that the well-connected central Rosental area was set for regeneration, they knew they’d found their new site.

Westhive Basel Rosental offers private team offices for 2-14 people, 9 high-end meeting rooms for 2 to 50 people and an event location for 150 people. Furthermore, the new location includes a delicious restaurant, a top-class gym, a game room and a beautiful rooftop terrace. The decor is warm and welcoming with lots of natural wood, neutral colors, soft lighting and carpeting to keep noise to a minimum. Conscious that its tenants have busy schedules and limited funds, Westhive provides enterprise-level infrastructure for the startup pocket, and catering, leisure facilities, IT support and more are included in its transparent all-inclusive rates. A dedicated startup desk and a growth and digital marketing consultancy are also on hand to help Westhive Basel Rosental’s diverse community of freelancers and companies of all sizes to grow and scale. As well as regular community events, tenants also gain access to the Westhive ecosystem of companies, service providers, investors and accelerators.

Want to know more about Basel Area’s startup ecosystem? Order your copy of Startup Guide Basel Area now!

Written by João Curro, Kate Williams, Lucy Beckley and Rachel Glassberg

Repackaged by Anastasia Ilcov

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