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Mindpark, one of Sweden's first coworking spaces

16 March 2021

Daniel Eagles

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Helene Tigerström is one of the people behind the coworking company Mindpark, which is located in several places in southern Sweden. The company has won an award for the best coworking space in the Nordics and we want to get to know the person behind the concept and of course, the secrets in the recipe for success!



Tell us, who are you and what is your background?

With a degree in Service, Marketing and Leadership at Lund University, I have always worked in the service sector in various senior positions. I am a person who never says no to a challenge and who always sees opportunities. For the past four years, I have been the CEO of Mindpark Helsingborg and, together with my colleagues Sanna Ekström and Karsten Deppert, have been on the journey from one to five places in just under 2 years. Today I run both Mindpark Helsingborg and Mindpark Hyllie. I have the luxury of running companies where I get to do something every day that I really like, namely see people and companies grow and create a work environment where people thrive.


[Helene at Mindpark Helsingborg]



What's the story behind Mindpark?

We dare say that Mindpark was one of the first coworking spaces that started in Sweden about 12 years ago. Two young entrepreneurs dared to invest in something they really believed in and that's the way it is. Today we are in Helsingborg, Malmö City, Hyllie and in Lund. We also have a sibling company in Helsingborg called E-commerce Park which is a coworking space for e-retailers with, among other things, its own incubator.



Who can you meet at Mindpark? Tell us about your community!

We have a very diversified group. It is everything from the completely new young entrepreneur, to large international companies that have a unit with us. They are men and women, with different ethnicities and at different ages. And they work in all sorts of different industries. We think this is fantastic and it really contributes to a dynamic environment. Every day I learn something new!



How do you create interaction and collaboration in your community?

We strongly believe that it should be easy and unpretentious with us. If anyone comes up with an idea for something they want us to implement, we are happy to implement it in collaboration with our coworker. Different events and activities of course contribute to interaction, but also simple things like votes, competitions and of course that everyone gathers at the coffee station.



How do you work to be a sustainable & climate-smart workplace?

With us, we attach great importance to these issues. We mainly serve vegetarian options in our café and in our bistro. We review how we invest our occupational pensions and we encourage people to share things with each other.


[Mindpark - Hyllie]



What is the workplace of the future?

I am convinced that coworking and the sharing economy are the workplace of the future. We see that we receive inquiries from large companies that cut back on surfaces and want a flexible solution for their employees. I also experience that the demand for small offices is increasing and that fewer people choose solutions in open landscapes. With covid-19, I also believe that more and more people will work from home to a greater extent and that what you then demand in your workplace are creative environments that can inspire and the social meeting with people.



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