What Pandorahub is
Pandorahub is a network of people, places and projects. Local heroes, activists, rural coworking and coliving spaces, startups, facilitators and business hackers. We have proven that working and living close to nature in rural areas help us achieve a more healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.
We are on a mission of restoring and reviving our rural areas by empowering community living, remote work, people and business growth, multiculturality, intergenerationallity, rural coworking and coliving, conscious entrepreneurship, career shifting, self-employment and alternative learning paths.
What we do
We do so by mapping ecosystems of Innovation and entrepreneurship in villages and rural areas for a better understanding of the local needs, and (re)activate them by rural coliving and coworking residencies, business acceleration and incubation experiences.
Main indicators after its 3 years of existence:
+50 local hosts (public and private collaborating actors in villages & rural areas)
+100 local and newcomer social innovators & entrepreneurs involved
+20 top level facilitators and trainers
7 rural coliving/coworking residencies and business acceleration experiences
5 rural coliving tours around Spain and Catalonia
Abandonment of rural areas and villages is a global phenomenon. In Spain alone, there are nearly one million empty rural houses in villages. At the same time cities become overcrowded, leaving us with an impoverished quality of life and work. Luckily, the rise of entrepreneurial villages and rural coworking spaces is becoming global as well. A number of interesting people, professionals and entrepreneurs are already leaving cities and moving to villages. They are relocating their businesses, funding there new projects based on the local economy, launching coworking spaces that gather other young professionals, mixing technology and tradition to revitalize their rural home villages. As Pandorahub we (re)connect people with the rural areas. We do so by supporting local governments and local communities to become entrepreneurial villages, running rural coliving and coworking residencies, business acceleration and incubation experiences and unlocking a network of empty rural houses.
We are envisioning a network of villages within where “gLocal” activists will be able to roam around, living in under-used and abandoned rural houses, enabling the mobility of people widely ranging different nationalities, cultures, generations, and life experiences.
Do you want to join this paradigm shift?
What do people say
PANDORAHUB is addressed to Rural Shakers. A community of startups, individuals and professionals, entrepreneurs and families willing to bring more rural life in our lifestyles. We are eager to apply our human-centred, lean and happiness philosophies and skills to revive rural areas. We are purpose-driven entrepreneurs, life and career shifters enabling ourselves to escape from the unsustainable pace and demands of city life to something slower and more meaningful.
IAN COLLINGWOOD, PROGRAM DIRECTOR at STARTUP BOOTCAMP BARCELONA & PANDORAHUB LEAN STARTUP MENTOR
I grew up in a small village in the UK and I really appreciate village life. I struggle with the idea of combining the modern way of digital life with something that is richer. I also struggle with the idea of businesses that only exist to make money. I want to try and fine some way of combining all of those things plus fun. I think we have to rebuild the airplane while we are flying.
¿What do Rural Shakers think about PANDORAHUB?
françois justet, Co-founder at Slowmov
At the end I understood Diana when she said “you can take it as a prior investment of time and budget for saving time and money in the near future”. Now I can tell, it is not that I don’t regret participating at all, but that if I wouldn’t have signed up for PANDORAHUB FUN! Startup, I would have taken a wrong decision!