By creators, for creators

Gathering individuals with an entrepreneurial mindset

By using technology, real estate and community we build next generation work spaces. We gather individuals with an entrepreneurial mindset: Challengers, thinkers, artists and pioneers who want to make a positive impact on the future.

  • The Creators Community consists of Matrikel1, Founders House, Startup Village, in Copenhagen, and MESH in Oslo.
  • It is the largest creators’ community in the Nordics, with 1,300 members and 300 companies.
  • Notable companies include: Kahoot!, Spotify, Vivino, Snap, Douchebags, Realm, Northzone, Creandum.
  • Both MESH (2015) and Founders House (2017) have been awarded “Best Coworking Space in the Nordics”.
  • The Creators Community run all their sites without any governmental funding.

Our Story

A short recap of our story

2011

First tech coworking space in the Nordics

Founders House was launched by Tine Thygesen, and four other founders, as the first tech coworking space in Denmark. Founders House is an early-stage tech hub for international, scalable and ambitious startups.

2012

Norway’s first independent initiative for entrepreneurs

MESH was the first coworking space in Oslo and has become the leading independent initiative for Norwegian entrepreneurs. Co-founder Anders Mjåset launched the site in 2012 and it has since become the largest coworking space in Norway.

2014

Startup Village established

Startup Village was launched as a collaboration between Founders House, local startups and venture capital funds. Startup Village spans four adjacent former warehouses, two buildings and encompasses over 14,000 sqm. Founders House is located in Startup Village today, along with 40 startups and growth companies.

2016

Joint forces to take over the Nordics

MESH and Founders House merged in November 2016, where Tine Thygesen became CEO. She manages the company together with Anders Mjåset CPO and COO Karl Kristian Wickstrøm.

2018

All our sites under one roof

We launched The Creators Community – the overall brand and holding company for all our sites.

2018

Matrikel1 opens

In May 2018, we opened our innovation hub, Matrikel1, in central Copenhagen and received backing from leading investors and entrepreneurships in Denmark, including Mette Lykke, Morten Strunge, Jimmy Fussing, Gregers Kronborg and Martin Hauge, among others. Covering 3,600 sqm over four floors, the building is an epicentre of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Meet the Team

The engine of our operations! We are a team of about seventy employees working with everything from community, hospitality and operations to office management, partnerships and communication.

Tine Thygesen

Co-Founder and CEO

Tine Thygesen is passionate about building flexible work space and networks for entrepreneurs. She has started and led five companies, and sits of the board of several startups and investment funds. She is internationally recognised as a digital pioneer; named among top 100 women in tech in Europe, top 10 Speakers on Tech in Europe and is a regular contributor to several newspapers, including Forbes.com, on the topics of entrepreneurship, digitalisation and leadership.

Anders Mjåset

Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer

Anders sold his second startup, PramPack, in 2011 and felt there was an urgent need to modernise and challenge the bureaucratic entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Nordics. He is passionate about creating the next generation of physical and digital infrastructure for creators and works on the expansion of our sites, services and network. He sits on the board of several startups, advises the government and top business leaders on the startup scene, and is an active member of the World Economic Forum.

Karl Kristian Wickstrøm

Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer

Karl Kristian is responsible for making our spaces run smooth and frictionless by keeping control over internal systems, routines and company finances. Previous work experience ranges from running an accounting firm to starting up, and failing with, a media company. His educational background is a bachelor in finance and administration from the Norwegian school of management.

Zenia Francker

Chief Relations Officer

Zenia has a passion for connecting people. For more than ten years she has connected startups and investors – and now also corporates. She has been a central figure in creating the Danish and Nordic startup ecosystem and involved in a variety of community initiatives including co-founding Startup Village. Today, she empowers Nordic creators as Chief Relations Officer at The Creators Community.

Kasper Smidt

Commercial Director

Kasper joined Founders House in 2015 and ran it from 2016, he has been a important part of fine-tuning Founders House to what it is today. On a daily basis he helps ensure The Creators Community maintains a consistent trajectory of growth. He is a board member of A-space, advisor and angel investor of Artboost. Previously he has been part of two exits and have experience with starting his own company.

Helene Melseth Flaaen

Director of Communication and Network

Helene is responsible for communication within all The Creators Communities sites. Previously she has been adviser and speech writer for the Norwegian Royal Family, a journalist at the Norwegian business daily, Dagens Næringsliv, and an editor at the Tinius Trust Foundation. Educated BA in journalism in Volda, and holds two BA degrees in Social Science from NTNU.

Carolina Cabezas

Operations Manager

Carolina looks after the back office processes, her main focus is to create a comfortable and functional work environment. She has a background in hospitality and project management, with comprehensive experience in the commercial real estate industry. Carolina is also a Co-founder of a NGO and very engaged in the defense of human rights.

Lan Yu Tan

Marketing Director

Lan works with the overall branding and marketing of all The Creators Community sites. She comes from a background of project management, marketing and communications and is well versed with all things digital.

Diana Cristian

Operations Manager

Diana works with operations in Denmark and comes from a business administration background. She was the assistant General Manager at Founders House for two years before moving to The Creators Community in the role as Operations Manager.

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