A network of collaborative, franchised coworking spaces for European startup businesses. Any member can visit & use any space in the network. Legal, accounting & business advice is provided, as well as infrastructure from partner companies.
Coworking hubs would be established through a franchising arrangement. Businesses and institutions would be given tax incentives to allocate space to coworking; local governments would be given other incentives to create events at those spaces, and to support the people that run them. Finally, further tax incentives would be given for local lawyers, accountants and business consultants to provide their time for free, with a cap in place for a maximum number of possible hours given (possibly set to be proportional to the local population). Further funds would be acquired through direct fees.
To join, you would need to be running or employed at a company that was defined as a startup (eg, less than two years old). Some fees would also be required, but these would be low.
Any member could use any coworking hub, throughout Europe, as required. Space would be booked in advance using a web / mobile app, and time would be limited, ensuring that it wasn't monopolized.
This web app would also list the other people who worked at each hub, thereby acting as a local networking tool. Need to find a developer? You could see, at a glance, how many freelance developers there were at the Berlin hub
right now - and regularly
Each hub would also have, on a regular basis, visiting experts who could advise startups on legal, accounting, fundraising, PR and business issues. While the aforementioned tax incentives would be in place for them to give advice, any direct work for any one startup would be paid for by the startup.
Further, links to European infrastructure companies could be established, so that member companies could get preferred rates on web hosting and other required services.