Honoring the spaces, places, and people that make this industry juicy.
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A special thank you to these organizations for donating prizes for the winners of the awards: All Good Works, Turnstone, Co+Hoots Foundation, Cat Johnson Content, Find Workspaces, Allwork, Coworking with Iris, GCUC.
We want to help build better business communities, spread the word about other movements like Jellys and BarCamps, and help foster collaboration and innovation. Over the years, the Coworking Toronto Collective has launched a Coworking Passport program, Toronto Coworking Week, educational campaigns about coworking, and worked with the Mayor of Toronto to proclaim ‘Coworking Toronto Day’ in 2014. Toronto is home to some of the first coworking space operators in the world, and the founding members of Coworking Toronto have helped hundreds of spaces around the globe form regional collectives of their own.
“It’s a pleasure to be part of the community at Biz Dojo. The space is very special, it accommodates for a range of businesses and people, provides a nurturing and flexible environment to develop & work. The facilities are great and the staff really put a focus on making connections between the members.” — Jason Fishwick
“I’m nominating Ashley Proctor for the Rainbow Unicorn award because she has made an impact on the world through bringing together artists, entrepreneurs and change makers in 3 different cities and 2 countries. Ashley embodies the 5 core values of coworking and has fostered Community through Collaboration and a commitment to Openness, Sustainability, and Accessibility.”–Iris Kavanagh
“On With The Butter”
Nexudus! This comprehensive platform allows community owners to manage the space and membership with a high degree of flexibility. The team at Nexudus continues to improve the platform on a regular basis, and they are widely recognized for having the most responsive support in the game. Finally, their public-facing website is automagically generated saving owners big bucks on development, hosting and production. Again they have made improvements to the template and the new version is very chic and customizable via a few simple forms or by full access to the code.
Jacob Sayles is one of the original community builders in the Coworking movement. As a co-founder of one of the world’s most vibrant Coworking communities – Office Nomads – in Seattle, WA, Jacob also co-founded the first coworking collective – The Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance. Jacob’s commitment to the core values of the movement allows him to easily transform potential competitors into friends and collaborators. He practices what he preaches. In 2012 he founded Open Coworking, a non-profit dedicated to facilitating collaboration between coworking spaces around the world. Jacob is now working to expand his open-source coworking software ‘Nadine’ as a gift to the movement, in partnership with the 312 Main project in Vancouver, BC.
Cogite: Entrepreneurs in Tunisia often face many challenges, so the team at Cogite Coworking Space developed the Aventures Entrepreneurs (AE) advocacy program in partnership with Réseau Entreprendre Tunisie. This initiative works directly with Tunisia’s entrepreneurship community to identify specific challenges hindering entrepreneurs and to establish opportunities for dialogue between entrepreneurs and the Tunisian government to build solutions. And we’re seeing results! To date, AE has tackled issues such as access to finance, crowdfunding in Tunisia and now, our third edition is addressing the challenges facing women entrepreneurs.
COHIP is the world’s first coworking health insurance plan. Created in Toronto by Ashley Proctor in 2013, COHIP is now available across Canada, providing all independent workers in Canadian collaborative spaces with affordable access to health and dental benefits. Ashley consults with coworking collectives, and COHIP has inspired others to launch similar initiatives around the globe.
Bespoke Coworking, Events, and Demo was designed specifically as a retail-tech hub in the heart of Westfield Shopping Centre. Each square foot was meticulously designed to be flexible enough to exude the warmth of a second home, while doubling up on functionality.