Hamilton’s Entrepreneurial community is buzzing, there is no question about it, you can feel the energy in the streets. When you’re new to the city or you’re just starting your entrepreneurial journey finding a community and space to work in can be a huge catalyst for success.
As co-founder of ShopHamont, I moved to Hamilton 18 months ago and worked remotely for Shopify before transitioning to freelance full time. Working with many small business owners, attending, and now teaching workshops throughout the city I have had the opportunity to explore the city’s best spaces!
Below is a summary with key highlights from each space. Each space has unique advantages and plays a key role in the diverse and growing Hamilton entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Vibe: Inclusive Creatives
Two floors of well lit, dynamic multi-use space - this place is a makers haven. Located downtown in the village, it’s a Hamilton homegrown business featuring living walls, private studio space, and desk space. Rent space by the square footage and have the complete freedom to style it as you wish. Full of artisans, creatives and small business owners, Steel City Studio has a unique family vibe. They offer workshops, events and community connections to help members grow their businesses and achieve their goals.
Vibe: Relaxed Professionals
A gorgeous converted warehouse beautifully done through a collaboration between dpai Architecture and Historia Building Restoration, it is located on a residential street right in the core of central Hamilton. Spacious private desks, private offices, board rooms, lounge, communal space and bright kitchen, this space is full of professionals ready to connect! The warehouse conversion is beautifully decorated, is committed to sustainable practices and hosts barbecues, networking events and lunch and learns for its busy professional members.
Vibe: Ambitious Founders
CoMotion is Hamilton's largest, homegrown coworking space and network, located in the downtown core in a century building that once housed the Hamilton Spectator offices. Featuring affordable plans for offices, desks, common spaces and drop-ins, as well as meeting rooms, event spaces, rooftop patio, a stocked kitchen and all the coffee you can handle. Dedicated and onsite staff help members with reception, in-space programming, events, community building and general happiness, and with an engaged base of "CoMotion alumni" members get plugged into a great community of Hamilton small-business owners and innovators.
Vibe: Everywhere Entrepreneurs
A modern space on James South, the Populace is a new and quickly growing space for budding entrepreneurs. Sparing no meticulous detail this space is nothing short of gorgeous. Plus they have a dedicated receptionist and chic event space! Varied sizes of office space and private desks are available so you can grow your team with you.
Vibe: Modern Creators
A space located in East Hamilton and packed full of tools to enable the creative maker. A huge tool packed workshop, studios, media tools, kitchen and communal space to co-create paired with a unique and modern vibe, this new space is built to enable the creators in the city!
Vibe: Elusive Artists
CoWork at the Cotton Factory is nestled amongst Hamilton’s most vibrant creative industries complex and community, The Cotton Factory. With an abundance of natural light and an aesthetic you simply cannot replicate, CoWork provides an environment to inspire you and your business to grow. There are a variety of membership packages that offer your business an almost custom service for your business’ specific needs.
Vibe: Collaborative Individuals
Perfect for individuals looking to stay away from downtown, conveniently located in Hamilton’s East End this cozy and professional space is located on the first floor of a residential building. Cute, cozy and affordable, private space or co-working memberships are available!
Each space is full of creatives and entrepreneurs who are making amazing things in #HamOnt.
If you're a creator in one of these spaces that is looking for an online platform to sell your creations, contact our team to learn more about ShopHamont!