We’ve known all along but it’s now official. Lagos is one of the toughest places to start a business (it’s actually the 12th most expensive city in the world for startups to rent and occupy office space and housing for their employees).Now more than ever, co-working spaces are making a lot of sense. They’re more affordable, full of enterprising professionals like you, and most are cooler and finer than any office your startup could afford right now.Looking for the best co-working spaces in Lagos for your team or as an individual, look no more:
Terra Kulture - Victoria Island
Terra Kulture is many things to many people. Restaurant, bookshop, art gallery, and most importantly, for our purpose, a co-working space. It has air conditioning, stable power supply, free Wi-Fi and lovely ambiance. There’s also a study room that is available for daily use and there’s a monthly membership plan. The vibe is good here with the ethnic artwork and upscale customers.
Cre8 is Nigeria’s first fintech hub with accompanying co-working space. Cre8 provides a meeting point for technology startups, venture capitalists and established banks to collaborate and grow the fledgling industry. Part of its services includes providing workspaces to young startups and businesses as well as access to mentors from the Nigerian financial services sector. It’s pretty upscale, in look and in pricing.
Capital Square - Lekki
Run by the lovely Modupe Macaulay, Capital Square is the first, privately owned, solely co-working space in Lagos. It is also one of the nicest-looking. A new branch (affectionately called The Studio) just opened in Ikoyi this year. They also run a quarterly Demo Day, which is sort of a show and tells, where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas and get feedback from the community. The turnout is usually impressive. Since opening the first space in Lekki in 2013, CapitalSquare has grown to become one of the most popular and endearing co-working spaces in Nigeria, offering workshops and clinics and other beneficial services for members.
Litcaf - Yaba
Litcaf is a hub for private intellectual activities housed in the E-Centre at Yaba. There’s a nice little co-working community brewing with digital entrepreneurs, coders and writers all camping out in the space. You could also just walk in and get a book and read. Wifi and Coffee is available. And lots of books. I mean lots (it’s right there in the name — LitCaf means Literature Cafe) Plus, they have an amazing breakfast menu.
Venia Hub Lekki
Venia Hub provides serviced and virtual offices for entrepreneurs and business people. The company also offers training, seminars, and conferences and even more importantly, links businesses to a pool of investors and financial partners for financial support and startup capital. Venia Hub’s target market is a bit higher up the rung of the business/income ladder. They have everything from serviced office spaces to collaborative workspaces and virtual offices. Your business has to “solve community problems and add significant value to the lives of people in the locations You can walk into the two branches (both in Lekki) anytime to take a tour of the place, free snacks included.
Cranium One - Victoria Island
Cranium One is a shared workspace for entrepreneurs and small businesses. They have private offices, a hot desk and dedicated desks for those with more extensive workspace needs. There is a communal kitchen and dining area that’s perfect for building relationships, formal or informal.
Seedspace - Ikoyi
Seedspace is an international coworking brand with a branch in Lagos, Nigeria. Seedspace Lagos has a bevy of workspace options. Shared desks, dedicated desks, private offices and lots of open spaces for events. Wi-Fi access, printer, meeting rooms, lounge, kitchen & coffee are a few perks of coworking at Seedspace. There’s also a co-living arrangement in the brew and will be made available before the year runs out. That’s not all. There is a pool and a gym. Talk about launching with your A-game.
Stranger Lagos - Lekki
The stranger is part concept boutique, stocking alternative international and local fashion brands; part mini café and bar, serving freshly brewed continental teas, coffees, pastries, and light snacks; and part co-working space, allowing customers to have access to free Wi-Fi and workspaces.
But for the life of me, I don’t know why they do not open on Mondays. “Strange” to say the least (not surprising, it does say Stranger on the signboard outside). Did I mention the really good WiFi?
iDea Hub - Yaba
IdeaHub is an accelerator/incubator that comes with a complimentary co-working space. It’s a professional and fun space for designers, developers, freelancers, and tech-entrepreneurs to collaborate.
TPX Hub - Ikeja
TPX Hub offers a new kind of environment, which caters to a community of professionals; freelancers, entrepreneurs, and SMEs providing a comfortable place to work share, incubate & network.
Looking for a place to host your next off-site training? Do you have a workshop you want to host? Then their Room options are best for you.
A1 Spaces - Lagos Island
A1 Spaces offer something just different from the average shared office environments. A1 Spaces is a hub that provides co-working spaces to startups, bloggers, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and people who wish to work away from home and do not necessarily want to pay office rents, bills, etc who want flexibility and control.