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Jun. 24, 2016 8:25 am

16 Baltimore coworking spaces where you don’t have to work alone

Here's a list of some of the area's best coworking options.

Betamore in 2013.

(Courtesy photo)

When Beehive Baltimore opened in 2009, coworking was a relatively new idea.

Over the last seven years, the number of spaces aimed at bringing together a community of like-minded workers who aren’t necessarily employed by the same person have multiplied as the tech scene has grown. Now there is enough demand that South Baltimore-based Kinglet developed a business model centered around providing real estate listings for spaces in existing offices. Coworking is also happening in less dense parts of the state, like hotDesks on the Eastern Shore.

In light of that growth, here’s a list of coworking spaces in the Baltimore area. We even found a couple new arrivals during our research process.

716 Broadway

  • Address: 716 S. Broadway, Fells Point

Opened in 2012 by a pair of founders who wanted to get out of the basement, 716 is the one of the main addresses for tech in Fells Point. The space is all about collaboration, but still keeps things professional.

Beehive Baltimore

  • Address: 101 N. Haven St., Highlandtown
Technical.ly Baltimore's original view at the ETC Highlandtown coworking space.

Technical.ly Baltimore’s original view at the ETC Highlandtown coworking space. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Located within the Baltimore Development Corp.-backed Emerging Technology Centers, the city’s original coworking space remains a hive of tech activity after moving from Canton to Haven Street in Highlandtown. Being located alongside ETC’s acclerator and incubator programs ensures exposure to the city’s latest startups. Plus, there’s an underground science space in the same building.

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Betamore

  • Address: 1111 Light St., Federal Hill

Along with its incubator and academy programs, coworking is part of the equation at Betamore. Having produced talked-about companies like ZeroFOX and Citelighter, the Federal Hill spot with a view of M&T Bank Stadium is a key hub for Baltimore’s tech scene, with plenty of folks passing by throughout the day and events after work. Already boasting plenty of spots to grab a bite or a drink after work, there could be even more options coming with a planned overhaul of Cross Street Market.

Charles Village Exchange

  • Address: 2526 St. Paul St., Charles Village

Opening in late 2013, this 900-square-foot space is tailor made for freelancers who need a desk away from home. Along with tech types, it’s also inviting to writers. Pro Publica journalist Alec MacGillis has a desk there, who took up as the resident national reporter following Benjamin Wallace-Wells’ departure.

The Co-op

  • Address: 12 W. Madison St., Mt. Vernon

Since debuting in 2015, the house that John Pendleton Kennedy built has brought new companies and events to Mt. Vernon. It’s specifically geared toward growing companies that are ready to get out of the incubator, and get stuff done.

Co_Lab Baltimore

  • Address: 2209 Maryland Ave., Old Goucher

Opened in March, this is one of the newest coworking spaces on our list. Owned by Philip Jones and Megan Elcrat of architecture firm 33:Design, it’s already attracting nonprofits, designers and building industry professionals, Elcrat said.

The Foundery

  • Address: 101 W. Dickman St., Port Covington
The Foundery on opening day.

The Foundery on opening day. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

While the new makerspace inside City Garage has a blacksmith shop and an area called “Big Iron Alley,” there’s plenty of desks away from the heavy machinery. Executive Director Jason Hardebeck calls it a “gym for nerds,” and it’s a central meeting spot in Port Covington.

Harbor Launch

  • Address: 701 E. Pratt St., Inner Harbor

Nestled inside Columbus Center in the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, this incubator is looking to become a home for green and biotech startups. Plus, there’s wet lab space and live fish in other parts of the building. And don’t forget the harbor views.

HUB Baltimore

  • Address: 217 N. Charles St.

Profiles Staffing Agency opened this space in the former Downtown Partnership of Baltimore offices in 2016. The central location downtown is one of the recent signs that tech is moving into the city’s central business district.

Impact Hub

  • Address: 10 E. North Ave., Station North
The future home of nonprofits, film and gaming studios.

Centre Theatre, which houses Impact Hub. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Coworking in the geographic center of town involves startups looking to create social change. The impact-backing team of Michelle Geiss, Pres Adams and Rodney Foxworth has pulled together medical device companies like Sisu Global Health and Fusiform, media like Good News Baltimore and forums that get city officials, influencers and members of the community talking.

Lexington Business Center

  • Address: 226B N. Paca St., Baltimore

This space looking to foster collaboration near Lexigton Market opened in November 2015. Members include a combination of tech, nonprofits and other small businesses.

Spark Baltimore

  • Address: 8 Market Pl., Downtown
Inside Spark. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Inside Spark. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

The Cordish Companies is seeking to inject the first third of a work-play-live environment into the city’s central business district with this space above Power Plant Live! While the company found private offices were more in demand after formally opening, there’s still ample space for coworking. The foosball table and craft beer bar don’t hurt.

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Catapult

  • Address: 17 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson

The latest project from business expert Umar Hameed, this is Towson’s new spot that’s catering to creatives. For founding members, space is being advertised for $100 a month.

Launch Workplaces

  • Address: 600 Washington Ave., Towson

Towson is one of five locations for this D.C.-area coworking network. It’s right in the center of town, where the amenities are only growing in the next few years.

TU Incubator

  • Address: 7400 York Rd., Towson
Team TU Incubator: Frank Bonsal III, Stephanie Chin and Zach Jones.

TU Incubator’s Frank Bonsal III, Stephanie Chin and Zach Jones inside the new space. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Recently relocated to space off campus, the university’s hub for entrepreneurship has flexible space for member companies and also invites students into the fold. Along with connections to the university and regional tech players, the incubator boasts a concentration of edtech startups.

The Bank Building

  • Address: 10914 York Rd., Hunt Valley

Hunt Valley has a big PayPal presence and remains the home of Greater Baltimore’s gaming industry, so coworking should fit right in. Enter the Bank Building, the Cockeysville creative hub that’s open to teams or individuals.

Did we miss anybody? Tell us in the comments.

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Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following a stint in New Orleans, where he served as managing editor of online news and culture publication NOLA Defender. While there, he also wrote for NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune. He was previously a reporter for the Rio Grande Sun of Northern New Mexico.

  • Todd Blatt

    Don’t forget about the Baltimore Node! BaltimoreNode.org $50/mo for 24/7 access to the space, plus a full woodshop, lasercutter, 3d printer and more all in Station North.

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