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Coffee shop open evenings

Starting up is hard. no money. no time. no resources. Just collaboration and networking. coffee shops that close in the evening open their doors and host start up evenings. The one time those with a full time job have time to meet and work.

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How does it work?

A web registration system for the coffee shops and startup members, regular nights for working and networking events that start ups could subscribe to.  A place where developers and designers could tout their wares to prospective entrepreneurs, and VC could come and investigate, with special evenings for different activities like workshopping, networking and talks.

A small subscription fee would be charged to participants for the upkeep of the online system (white label for integration into coffee shop website - they also may wish to fund).  Other resources like pens, paper post-it-notes etc could be all chipped in for.

Coffe shops would provide their usual fare of coffee and food  (everyone needs to eat and drink, especially to fuel actions!).   This helps the start up, puts the coffee shops in good light, and is an additional source of revenue for them.  Some coffee shops in business areas often shut on the weekend -  these could open their doors for day long sessions.

Doors will be closed to the normal public -  entry by ID and event ticket on you mobile. 

How will your concept support web entrepreneurship?

At a grass routes startup idea level - to help meet prospective investors and team members and gain insight into the world of start up without having to quit the day job above all give them space to collaborate.

What kinds of resources will be needed to get this concept off the ground and scale it?

- Buy-in from coffee shops - Web login system - Marketing campaign to get it going

How could we get started?

Approach coffee shop chains, more research on opening hours, start scoping web service

Evaluation results

10 evaluations so far

1. How well does this concept address a significant pain point felt by European web start-ups?

This is a major pain point for European start-ups - 0%

This is a "nice to have" but not a serious pain point - 100%

I really don't know - 0%

2. How novel do you think the concept is?

Never seen it before - very novel! - 10%

This is common in some places but not in many parts of Europe - 0%

This is not novel but a good iteration - 40%

There are already other solutions out there that address this problem - 50%

3. How easy is this concept to implement and maintain?

It could be implemented quickly and easily maintained - 30%

It could be implemented quickly but will require regular updates to ensure it is accurate and relevant - 60%

It is a big undertaking and would need a lot of support and cooperation from people and organisations to make it happen and to maintain it - 10%

4. What type of organisation is best placed to take this forward?

The European Commission should own this one - 0%

This belongs with member state governments (e.g., the UK, Belgium, etc) - 0%

This is best being owned by a private company - 20%

This feels like a non-profit - 40%

This is a start-up itself! - 40%

5. Overall, how do you feel about this concept?

It rocked my world! - 10%

I liked it but preferred others - 20%

It didn’t get me overly excited - 70%


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Good challenge to read. I think this could be a strategy to generate more employments in the market. Anyway, I really like the concept of using coffee shops' evening hours for work.

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