Recent years have seen the ways of organizing work and space that co-working centres have to offer gain increasing popularity in Russia. Co-working centres are characterized by their flexible organization of workspace and their aspirations to form a community of residents and an internal business culture. This format is attracting the interest of the entrepreneurial community, and especially of those entrepreneurs who operate their businesses primarily via the Internet. Platforms like these provide startups with an opportunity to reduce the costs associated with doing business during the most difficult phase getting their business off the ground. Government co-working centres offer residents not only free and fully equipped workspaces, but also accounting and legal services, regular educational events, and access to project mentoring institutions.
The idea behind government co-working centres is to provide a full spectrum of government support services in the form of a package offer to residents. This will make it possible, using a combination of benefits, to encourage businesses to move out of the informal sector of the economy.
• A services-based approach to supporting beginning entrepreneurs
• Programmes for tutoring, mentoring, and accelerating the projects of co-working centre residents
• Cooperation between co-working centre residents and financial and credit organizations
• Prospects for the development of co-working centers in Russia