On a friday evening in the Żoliborz district of Warsaw, over clinking glasses of Ballentines, the official inauguration of a new co-working centre for startups, Reaktor.net, took place.
Reaktor.net is a 190 square meter house located near the Plac Wilsona metro station in Warsaw, where for 400 zł a month start-ups and freelancers can rent a workspace with internet access and everything else required to make a successful start-up, including an exciting atmosphere and friendly colleagues . What makes this place different from other co-working spaces is the energy of the people who work there and the lively atmosphere.
Reaktor was founded by three young start-up founders: Kuba Filipowski (humanway.com), Borys Musielak (filmaster.pl) and Ania Walkowska (homeplex.pl) who had enough of working in a traditional office and decided to start a space that was better suited for young creative web startups. The goal of Reaktor is to create a place that’s not only for working, but also builds a community around start-ups through casual get-togethers, grilling in the backyard and collaboration, and fosters a creative atmosphere where everyone in the community benefits.
Borys Musielak talks about the beginning of Reaktor:
The story of Reaktor is short. The idea of creating a place for young internet companies, where people enjoy coming to a creative environment to work, began in May of this year. We were looking for a headquarter for Filmaster, and we didn’t want some basement in the outskirts of the city. We talked to Kuba, who was also looking for a new space for his company, and Ania, who was also having a hard time finding the workspace of her dreams. Two weeks later, we found the house on Bohomolca street. We loved the atmosphere of the building: big open spaces, as well as separate rooms for quite working, a great garden and a huge basement, and a location right near the metro station Plac Wilsona. It looked like we found our dream space, and after two weeks of working there, we can confidently say that we did!
The first companies moved into reaktor on July 1st. Then the first three companies were quickly joined by Dziennika Internautów, blogger Maciek Budzich from mediafun, programmer Ola Sitarska, who is part of Animili, FashionStyle and lately myguidie.com, Justyna Zochniak from Citilia.pl, two programmers from LinkFindr, Jakub Górnicki from the ePaństwo Foundation, known for the project Sejmometr, Marcin Karpezo, the editor of Grupy OSmedia, known for OSnews.pl, jakilinux.org and OSblog.pl, and Jan Drewniak, from Toronto based start-up skedx.com.
The first guests arrived before 8pm and took the best beanbag spots at the garden.
So, we’re officially open! Although ‘official’ is not the most accurate word. Over 100 people showed-up for the house-warming party, complete with plenty of beanbag chairs ( generously donated by D.FRIEND ), drinks sponsored by Ballantine’s and plenty of engaging conversations with plenty of amazing people. All while journalists from Dziennik Internautów ran around with cameras and interviewed Reaktor founders and start-up founders, and lots of them. At the party there was, among others, Rafał Agnieszczak from fotka.pl, Marcin Kaszyński from SetJam, Krzystof Kowalczyk of UBIK BC and GammaRebels fame, the Proseed team, the organizers of Olcamp, and representatives of startups like zubibu, stoliczku.pl, Listonic and many more.
The housewarming party was a one-time event, but it certainly won’t be the last big event at Reaktor. Every two weeks Reaktor will host OpenReaktor, where a couple of startups will host presentations and everyone will have plenty of time to network. Anyone who is interested can follow Reaktor on Twitter, where more details will follow.
Anyone interested in joining Reaktor can look for contact info on this blog.