Panel discussion on creative and coworking spaces took place in Erarta contemporary art museum - STARTUP CONNECT (KS1016)

On April 10, 2019 “Creative spaces and coworkings: an unprofitable hobby or a successful business?” panel discussion took place in the Erarta Museum of Modern Art.

The Discussion was organized within the framework of the Startup Connect project, funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland in the framework of South-East Finland-Russia CBC 2014-2020 programme. and executed by the following consortium: Cursor - Kotka-Hamina Regional Development Company (FIN) (Lead partner), ITMO University (RUS), XAMK - South-East Finland University of Applied Sciences (FIN), St. Petersburg Foundation for Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development (RUS).

The following representatives of the creative spaces in St. Petersburg participated in discussion: Kira Taymanova – Program Director – Okhta Lab, Polina Bondareva – Director – Masters School, Dmitry Timurshin – General Director – Welcome Space, Business Cluster International Center for Entrepreneurship, Tatiana Pinchuk – Director – Street Art Museum and others.

Elena Shirshova – Development Director of the Best group company told about the main trends in the development of coworking market in St. Petersburg during the discussion. Then, Mikhail Gushchin – Deputy Vice President for Residential Property in RBI Group and Stanislav Stupnikov – Head of Retail Real Estate in Best group company discussed the prospects for creative and coworking market and possible options for supporting the development of this area. Olga Kossova – Specialist in the support department of large-scale investment projects of the St. Petersburg Investment Committee named existing support programs for coworkings in the city. In addition, Maxim Balanev – Executive Director of the St. Petersburg Foundation for SME Business Development told about the opportunity of integrating existing creative and coworking spaces into international networks due to Startup Connect project.