Top Coworking Spots for Tech Startups in Austin
For startups, especially early stage tech startups, a coworking space offers countless benefits. Not only is a coworking space more affordable and flexible than renting a private...
For startups, especially early stage tech startups, a coworking space offers countless benefits. Not only is a coworking space more affordable and flexible than renting a private office, but it opens doors to networking, growth, and mentorship opportunities, which are invaluable when just starting out.
If you’re based in the Capital City, arguably the hottest startup hub outside of San Francisco, and you are looking for a space to call home once the worries wrought by the pandemic begin to fade, check out some of these top coworking spots for tech startups in Austin.
Located downtown, just steps away from Lady Bird Lake, Galvanize is a modern and community-driven coworking space that offers perks for both members and Galvanize students alike. The Galvanize office and campus is equipped with a cafe, a conference room and a podcasting room. All members and students have access to free internet, parking, printing, bike racks, private phone booths and business mentors.
The Open Seating membership starts at $349/month and includes access to all amenities and communal working spaces. The Reserved Desk is for those not quite ready for a full office suite but who still need a place to hunker down and get some work done. The reserved desk membership starts at $595/month and is ideal for small teams. The Private Suite is great for teams of 4-20 and starts at $4,200/month. The private suites are fully equipped with interior campus signage.
Galvanize also hosts several 12-week courses in immersive tracks like software engineering and data science. Whether you decide to take a course to freshen up your business knowledge or want to get a membership, Galvanize is a great place for tech startups and individuals alike to interact with a tech-driven community.
Capital Factory may be a coworking spot, but it’s not all about free wifi and great cold brew coffee. Capital Factory prides themselves on connecting Texas-based startups and entrepreneurs with investors, employees, mentors and customers through tech events, a collaborative community, and over 81,000 square feet of coworking space.
All members of Capital Factory receive 24/7 access, access to an elite mentor network, use of the VR/AR lab, and access to the private conference room space fully equipped with Apple Airplay and Video Conferencing. Furthermore, all members have access to an onsite gym and kitchen.
Amenities aside, a membership at Capital Factory is second to none for Austin tech startups who are looking to stake a claim in the local startup scene. Being a part of the Capital Factory ecosystem offers countless opportunities to connect with other tech startups, tech media, mentors, and investors, making the membership cost more than worth it.
Though WeWork has been on the receiving end of plenty of unfavorable press in recent years, they continue to be a hotbed for Austin tech startups. With seven locations across the city, the coworking space is an accessible option whether you’re located north, south, or central Austin.
WeWork offers several types of workspace solutions for tech startups. The first option is a standard office, which is a single room equipped with a desk, chair, filing cabinet, and cleaning services, all for the price of $780/month. The next option is a hot desk, a service that allows you to go to your local WeWork location and work from any seat in the community working spaces. Prices for a hot desk vary per month by location. Starting at $580/month, you can opt for a dedicated desk which gives you access to your own desk, though it is in a shared community work space.
MELD Coworking is located near the UT campus, which means a membership here could put your tech startup within close proximity to emerging tech talent. For startups and entrepreneurs, MELD offers dedicated quiet spaces, meeting rooms, computer monitors, fiber internet and phone booths for the best work environment possible. There is also coffee, beer and snacks available, free parking and frequent social events for MELD members.
To use the MELD Coworking space and amenities, there are several pricing options. To go for a day is only $25. However, to go for 10 days, a 10x punch card can be purchased that allows up to 10 visits and lasts for three months from purchase date. Other membership options include their flexible pass ($180/month) which allows for 8 visits a month, the regular pass ($320/month) which allows access from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday, and finally the permanent pass ($400) which allows for 24/7 access.
Vuka is part of a worldwide network of coworking spaces called Impact Hub. While Vuka was founded independently, the trendy, warm coworking space offers access to every other coworking space in the Impact Hub network — ideal if you’re planning on expanding your tech startup to other cities. There are two Vuka locations, one on North Lamar and one on South First. At each of their coworking spaces there is free parking, printers, phone booths, conference rooms, mailboxes, and a kitchen equipped with coffee and tea. Vuka also welcomes dogs in the coworking space and offers weekly happy hours to members.
There are five levels of membership: Virtual Office ($75/month), Part Time ($200/month), Full Time ($300/month), Dedicated Desk ($500/month), and Private Office (prices vary). As the price of the membership goes up, so does the amount of guest passes, allotted conference hours, and mailbox access. All member levels are offered Impact Hub and Vuka programming options and Part Time members and higher receive 24/7 access to the coworking space. Day access is $35/day.
Located in downtown Austin, TechSpace is a great workspace for solo tech entrepreneurs or tech startups with small teams. A coworking membership starts at $250/month while a private office suite starts at $1500/month. If you would like to simply book a conference room for a meeting or brainstorming session, the conference rooms are $50/hour.
With a membership or a monthly purchase of a private office suite, TechSpace offers all-inclusive premium amenities. The coworking space amenities include 24/7 access, conference rooms, event space, fresh tea and coffee, a full kitchen, monthly member events, partnership perks, and a phone booth. Building amenities include bike racks, fitness and locker rooms, an onsite restaurant, and near restaurants and shopping.
Instead of committing to one coworking space in Austin, why not try out 28? Deskpass, founded in 2011 as Desktime, allows members to access any coworking space within it’s network with a single monthly subscription. Once you arrive at a coworking location, you can check in through the desktop app to use the coworking amenities. Deskpass members can even reserve private meeting rooms, in real time, at a discounted rate.
A Mini Deskpass membership allows 4 visits a month and is priced at $49/month with the first month free. A Part-Time Deskpass membership is $49 for the first month and $99/month thereafter. The Part-Time membership allows 8 visits per month. The Full-Time Deskpass membership starts at $149 for the first month and goes up to $199/month thereafter. The Full-Time membership allows 20 visits a month.
About Savannah Burns: Savannah is a Business Development Associate for Swyft, which is a B2B tech PR agency in Austin and Houston and a top digital marketing and PR agency in Denver since its founding in 2011. Swyft recently opened a satellite office where it offers tech PR in San Francisco. Swyft was also listed as one of the top tech PR agencies in Texas by the B2B services review site, Clutch.co.