Cowocat_Rural – Network of coworking spaces in rural Catalonia

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Rural coworking spaces create opportunities for cooperation and innovation in rural areas while helping to attract new professionals to settle in the countryside.

Project summary: 

The cooperation project ‘Cowocat_Rural’ aims to boost the creation of employment and economic activity in rural areas and to promote the values of coworking and teleworking in the participating territories. Its concept is based on the need to promote entrepreneurship through the use of information and communication technologies.

The project tries to transfer the pioneering experience of coworking to rural areas in Catalonia, Spain. ‘Cowocat_Rural’ works to attract young skilled professionals to rural areas and to tackle outmigration. It has developed a methodology for setting up and supporting a network of coworking spaces and it advocates coworking among professional and local actors who might be interested in joining the network by creating their own new coworking spaces. The project promoter is the LAG Consorci Intercomarcal d’Iniciatives Socioeconòmiques.

Project results: 

More than 130 professional coworkers are part of the network.

Twelve networking meetings have been organised among rural coworkers, with more than 300 attendees.

Organised the ‘Catalunya Coworking Day’, offering training for 50 participants and the opportunity to exchange experiences with others.

Organised a training program in the institute Julio Antonio de Móra d'Ebre, to promote the coworking concept among its students.