Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Furnished Office Space
Our aim in providing you with a furnished office space is to make you and your team comfortable so that they can more easily do their life’s work – this is something which requires flexibility.
Office members typically sign a Membership Agreement with:
- A set start date (subject to availability we can set your term to commence in the future)
- A set minimum term (usually 6-12 months with a built in option to extend),
- A 90 day exit notice (depending on the size of office you choose – larger offices may require longer exit notices as its harder to find a replacement if you suddenly leave our campus),
- 3 month’s minimum deposit (first and last two months.)
We can accomodate well over 200 workstations on campus. All in all, StartWell comprises 20,000 square feet – which makes for a lot of space when its added up. So, subject to availability we can allocate private floors and bookable spaces to accomodate a large team.
Having your office at StartWell’s coworking campus certainly has its benefits! Teams on campus enjoy on-demand and in-person yoga classes, complimentary tea/coffee + still and sparkling water in our on-site cafe, concierge mail and delivery handling service, 24/7 access to your office plus common areas, complimentary printing/scanning/copying, fast enterprise grade WiFi plus ethernet access (where ports are available) and much more!
Having an office at StartWell is a bit like staying at a boutique hotel – but instead of a bedroom you rent an office 🙂 Imagine coming down from the office for a coffee and chat with our barista; without having to go out into the snow with your wallet?! Magic 🙂
We are very flexible with private office members – many of whom have been fast growing startups, so we’re used to helping your team scale.
Subject to availability, you may upgrade or downgrade your office with no penalty fees whatsoever. We normally try to accomodate your changing needs whilst here on campus. For example, Delta Growth started with us in a 4 person office, then grew to 9 people before taking on an 18 person suite – all within just a couple of years.
All offices at StartWell come equipped with chairs, desks, overhead lighting and optional drawer units which slide underneath desks as needed.
Our offices can be rearranged for no extra fee. Some of our private office members choose, for example, to rent a 5 person office for just 2 people – in this case we work with you to remove desks and chairs making a more spacious furnished office solution.
Larger suites on campus may also feature dining furnishings, armchairs and sofas. Depending on your needs, our team can work with you in designing the ideal furnishings to suit the way your team work best.
You’ll find more information in the Terms of Service upon registering as a member or signing up to use our guest WiFi on campus but here are the top level rules that help us maintain a safe and clean space for members and guests.
While at StartWell, you must:
- Be respectful
- Try to be helpful
- Keep our campus as you found it – clean up after yourself
- Leave garbage and recycling in bins provided
- Not do anything illegal
- Not bring any animals with you or let them into the buildings (sorry – we love pets but don’t allow them due to allergies and cleanliness)
- Leave dishes which you can’t wash in the grey bins provided at wet areas (reception and next to sinks in large meeting venues)
- Never use our espresso machine or computer equipment without approvals – that includes not going behind the concierge/cafe desk
Sure thing, but we ask that you get any guest of yours to buy a day pass if you haven’t booked a meeting room to bring your friends/colleagues together.
Also – make sure to ask your guests to check in using our iPad at the concierge desk so you can get notified via email of their arrival and our team can plan to accomodate and direct them as needed.
Of course, its perfectly fine to have someone drop in to say hello and meet you at reception for a quick moment if they aren’t taking a meeting you or working with you on campus:)
Yes, often people think of ‘dedicated desks‘ and private offices as upgrades – where you’d start with a flexible coworking membership to use call booths, lounge space, hot desks and common amenities to start and once you’re familiar with our coworking space or understand the requirements of a new job, for example, you’d commit to something more regular where you can leave things behind and return to the same spot to work every day.
Not everyone would want to ‘upgrade’ and that’s ok – we think that our coworking membership is a great thing to have whether you need a workspace every day or just once in a while. In fact, we have some member companies with 10+ coworking memberships which they use to just get everyone to our campus for a day a week – for them the upgrade is simply booking a large meeting space whenever they need it.
Unlike ‘hot desks,’ dedicated desks are workstations which a single person is allowed to use on a regular basis. At StartWell our dedicated desks are rented for $500/month and include a desk, ergonomic chair plus the option of a drawer unit. Dedicated Desks are a cost effective way to have a place to work from where you get to meet new people but can focus and feel comfortable leaving your peripherals and possessions behind – like a monitor and framed photo of your last vacation to Tahiti, in 2019 before the Pandemic 🙂
Simply put, coworking is when people share workspace. Back in the late 1990s/early 2000s the phrase ‘coworking’ got popular to describe what was typically an office shared between multiple individuals or a few companies at once, where a typically open-concept room with desks in it may be accessorized with a time-shared meeting room, kitchen etc…
It didn’t take long for people to start businesses that enabled communities to develop around shared workspace – all over the world, from San Francisco to NYC to Toronto and across Europe, Africa and Asia. The first wave of commercial coworking was fairly humble and since has grown into venture-capital backed real estate plays often corrupting the values early coworking operators stood for (Collaboration, Openness, Sustainability, Accessibility and Community.)
We at StartWell believe that a new wave of Coworking – something we’re calling ‘Coworking 2.0‘ will become more relevant in the 2020s – where Innovation, Creativity and Comfort get added to the list of values sought from coworking spaces. In fact, in 2021 we opened new media production studios and launched a publication called Coworking 2.0 to explore these concepts and share knowledge.
Even if you *love* your home, it might not give you the right configuration of spaces to get variety through the day – in terms of places to sit or stand whilst working.
Additionally, you likely don’t have people coming and going through your house all day long – so it can get lonely to work from home.
Coworking vs working from home?
Coworking gives you the opportunity for new interactions every day you go to work – at StartWell you’ll always have the option to focus on your own work or interact with others; we even offer a complimentary cafe where chatting is encouraged and new friendships often get formed. Plus, our campus uniquely offers on-demand and in-person yoga classes; so with a coworking membership you actually improve your work from home experience also.
Of course, with a coworking membership you don’t need to choose Coworking vs Working From Home, you’ll always have the option to leave the house when you need it. An added bonus – choosing a coworking space close to home so you cut down on commute times + give yourself an opportunity to take a walk to stretch and exercise along the way.
Hot desks are simply desks which anybody can use – they aren’t dedicated to a single member of a coworking space. For example, we have pods of hot desks at StartWell which are laid out in clusters for our coworking members to drop into, positioned near common amenities like our complimentary cafe and call booths – so that its easy to find a space to setup your laptop and get to work when you need to.
Often in coworking the term ‘hot desk’ is used synonymously with ‘common workspace.’ At StartWell you’ll not only find spacious desks you can use flexibly but also common work tables and lounge spaces. In fact, our call booths are configured about 4 times larger than the industry standard to enable collaboration – you can enjoy space to yourself on a call where you need to lay out your notebook, laptop, tablet etc… or share them with others on your team for ad hoc meetings that don’t require a booked board room.
When people discover coworking they often ask – “Do you know a coworking space near me?” Working near your home is a great idea and we’re happy to see so many folks from the King West neighbourhood in Toronto enjoy the short stroll from their home to StartWell each day.
Working close to home gives you the freedom to work when you want to – it becomes easier to pop over to the office to get something done and then leave when you’re finished, enabling mental separation between work and home life, without robbing you of hours in the car on the highway commuting every day.
Our monthly membership plan is only $350 per person per month. This is great value – you get unlimited access to our common spaces plus a ton of benefits available only to members.
Of course, because the business expense of a membership can be deducted from income when filing your taxes a coworking membership is essentially free (i.e. you’d otherwise be paying that money to the tax man!)
StartWell can provide you with board rooms that have up to 13 people around a single table (like our Level Up room) or up to 60 people seated in larger meeting spaces configured for all-day sessions and multi-day offsites.
Our dedicated Offsite Venue at 782 King Street West can comfortably seat 30 people around a single ‘O’ or ‘U’ table setup, with additional break out rooms + common table and lounge seating spread over 2 floors giving you enough room for 50+ people to meet.
StartWell Studios at 230 Niagara Street can simultaneously run two conferences/meetings at the same venue in rooms next to each other – both with high ceilings, great lighting and full AV. In total, the venue can accomodate 60 people seated at provided tables and up to 200 people at standing sessions.
Our board rooms and larger spaces on campus come with tools for easily setting up video conference calls with people outside the room you’ve booked.
In larger rooms, like our offsite venue, Suite 4B and StartWell Studios – you’ll find a dedicated Mac Mini pre-configured with a camera, microphone, house sound output and more. The setup for your booked room is detailed in our Producer’s Handbook which has likely been sent to you upon booking (if not, email email@example.com for a copy.)
In board rooms and booked lounge spaces – you’ll see a screen either on wheels or wall-mounted with an HDMI connection you can simply connect to your laptop (you may need a dongle/adapter if you use a thunderbolt or USB-C port), as well the TV likely has an AppleTV for Airplay support (wireless second screen for mac/iOS devices.) Also – we provide Logitech BCC950 conference cameras that have sound input (mic) and output (speaker) built in; simply connect the provided USB cable to your laptop and choose the device in your software settings.
Our provided video cameras and microphones have been configured for the spaces they are provided in – please don’t move them from their positions. Typically, our cameras allow for presenting everyone around the conference table on camera and where that isn’t possible, you can use a remote or the camera base to pan/tilt the camera.
Yes, we have multiple board rooms on campus to rent by the hour or day – they are perfectly configured to get your team around a single table for meetings and working sessions.
Our board rooms typically feature: power in-table, presentation screens (with AppleTV/AirPlay and HDMI connectivity with cables), white boards + markers, Polycom speakerphones (unlocked in North America for outbound calling to conference bridges etc…), USB video conferencing cameras with microphones and speaker functions, printing/scanning/copying and fast WiFI.
We have a few large venue options on campus that offer amazing value; with rates from just $2,500/day that include exclusive access, furnishings and turn-key services/amenities (like fast enterprise grade WiFi, retail/street entrances, coffee/tea and still/sparkling water included, video conferencing tools included, whiteboards, flip-charts and stationary, screens on wheels and much more.)
Media Production Studios
Absolutely! One of the best things about bringing your team to StartWell for coworking or furnished office space membership is that you get discounted use of our professional studio facility for film and photography shoots.
We think StartWell is the perfect home-base for agile media/marketing agencies – leveraging the flexibility to bring subcontractors on campus at affordable rates whilst entertaining clients in our variety of meeting spaces on campus whenever you need to.
Offices come with complimentary meeting room booking credits which scale by the size of your office – so using amenities on campus when you need them will always be affordable.
Yes, StartWell Studios is a professional white cyclorama (~45′ x 25′) with 16 foot ceilings and load bearing truss in-ceiling for custom rigging jobs.
The studio is a downtown Toronto gem, especially as we offer an espresso bar on site with client lounge, washrooms and holding/talent prep area plus parking – all just off the highway and easily located by car or public transit in a neighbourhood with great restaurant and parking options.
Absolutely, our podcast studio, located in our main coworking building at 786 King St W, is an amazing place to record conversations with professional acoustics and tons of great equipment, making it a turn-key media production solution for audio-only and audio-video podcasts.
Podcast studio availability may be arranged upon request and is typically reserved for professional use – contact us for a tour or to discuss bookings!
The studio is fitted with:
- 3 high end Canon DSLR cameras and pro grade lenses
- A Blackmagic ATEM Extreme Pro ISO switcher for live broadcasts & camera angle switching
- 3 Behringer vocal microphones on table-top stands
- 1 Blue Yeti Pro microphone (on a boom)
- A wall mounted 1080 reference screen
- 2 B&W audio monitors (speakers)
- A Yamaha mixer with analog and USB output/input
Here’s an example episode filmed in this studio for our flagship podcast:
Yes, StartWell Studios at 230 Niagara Street is perfect for shooting photography campaigns and has a massive white cyclorama. In fact, our space has been used for international fashion brands born in Canada like Nobis and Joe Fresh.
“It was an absolute joy to work at Startwell Studios! They have everything you need for studio photography and as a bonus, they even offer barista on set! This is now my go-to studio.”
*The studio also features C-stands and tripods, background paper and we can help provide lights and cameras if your shoots require them.
First off – we’re really thankful that you want to share your experience here at StartWell through a review of our campus on Google 🙂
You don’t actually need a google or gmail account to submit a review of a listed place on Google maps etc… Here’s what we recommend doing:
2. Click on the Reviews count
3. Click on the ‘Write a review’ button
4. Click on ‘Create account’ and choose what you’ll be using it for (i.e. personal use or business use) and then choose ‘Use my current email address instead’ – then you’ll see a field to type in your regular email address.
5. Now you’ll be able to click the ‘Next’ button and continue submitting a review (and you’ll be able to submit google reviews of other places with your existing email address as well!)
Our company name is ‘StartWell 786 King St W Inc.’ and our GST/HST number for tax purposes is 79959 2688 RT0001
We are minutes away from the financial core and Union Station, close to the Exhibition GO station and just off Lakeshore Boulevard + the Gardiner Expressway.
Our campus does not have a parking lot but there is plenty of street parking in our neighbourhood – you’ll find paid Green P parking on King Street and Queen Street plus some free 1hr parking on smaller side streets.
Directly across the street (entrance from Tecumseth, south of King Street) is a paid underground parking lot operated by Upark. You can drive into the lot and pay hourly, daily or monthly from meters near the elevator entrances in the lot itself. When you walk up to the exit at street level you’ll be directly across the road from our King Street buildings.
Yes we do – for both iOS and Android! The ‘StartWell Community’ app can be downloaded for free from either app store to your mobile device. With our app you can easily catch up on all the latest news from campus, read through how-to guides for critical member information (like wifi details!) and book meeting space, private lounges and studio space on the fly whenever you want.
Here are all the details your bank will need to transfer money to StartWell for invoiced services:
Bank: Royal Bank of Canada
Bank ID: 003
Account Name: StartWell 786 King St W Inc.
Branch #: 00002
Bank Account #: 1393727
SWIFT Code: ROYCCAT2
International wire information:
ABA #: 021000021
Routing/Sort Code: 000300002
Bank Branch Address: Main Toronto
200 Bay St – Main Floor
Toronto, ON, M5J 2J5
Phone: (416) 974-3940
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