Your New Home Awaits
Opinno’s Madrid office is expanding beyond the fifth floor of Gran Vía 16. Three stories up from one of Madrid’s most lively commercial boulevards, Opinno has opened a co-working space and an events hall, which hosts individual entrepreneurs as well as organizations like change.org and Multivent. The move signifies the company’s continued support for Madrid’s community of innovators and its efforts to facilitate the exchange of ideas among the members of the new office and Opinno.
Co-working is the up-and-coming social workspace that creates a community out of individuals pursuing independent projects. Renting a desk with Opinno not only provides all the benefits of any company office—Wi-Fi, landlines, printers, scanners, photocopiers, a break room, and even a kitchen—but more importantly, it offers a network of ideas and resources. Opinno’s links with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the U.S., as well as its contacts in Latin America and throughout Spain, present a unique opportunity for Madrid’s community of entrepreneurs. Opinno has always dedicated some of its space on the fifth floor office for co-working purposes, but with its acquisition of additional real estate, the entire third floor will now be dedicated to this networking model. Already, over the last few days, Opinno’s new office space has already been the site for entrepreneurial workshops featuring StartupBus Spain, a 72-hour challenge where two dozen strangers must create six start-up projects while on the road, and hosting big names in Spanish innovation such as the founders and CEOs of Iniciador, Coguan, Etece, and other Internet startups.
Co-working, innovation, entrepreneurship—these may seem like a bunch of buzz words. But they mean something more for those like Andrés, who has been working in the office as an independent illustrator for just shy of a year. Since moving to Madrid from Buenos Aires in 2009, Andrés Martinez Ricci has always sought out co-working spaces like Opinno’s, which he says provide more opportunities to find freelance work, learn from others, and belong to a community. Although he works independently, to him, the people in the Opinno office are truly his coworkers. It’s a relationship unique to the co-working environment that he expects to also find at his new desk in the large, sunlit, third floor office with some of the best views of Gran Vía.
While the new office may be just some steps down the stairs from Opinno, the investment in a new co-working space goes a long way to foster the company’s mission of strengthening Madrid’s entrepreneurial and innovative spirit.