The Commune


The Commune is Rotterdam’s international incubator for creative entrepreneurs. Become a member, take a training, meet our community or join for an event.


In The Netherlands, more than 60% of the creative sector is self-employed and many struggle to make it past the first few years of activity. At The Commune, we make sure that creative entrepreneurs keep their motivation alive and reach their full potential, by providing shared facilities, knowledge resources, mentoring and network connections.

Created by designers and supported by strong local actors, this incubator empowers (re)starting creative freelancers to develop their projects and studios durably. With beautiful and functional spaces, tailor-made trainings, feedback sessions and community events accessible to all budgets and profiles, The Commune builds a healthy and strong creative community in Rotterdam.





Most creatives lack entrepreneurial reflexes and slowly “learn by doing” at the expense of their motivation. At The Commune, we teach the knowledge creative freelancers need, over 8 short and inspiring classes.

The classes helped me to plan the development of my design studio for the long term. Now I know where to invest my efforts and what are the best growth strategies for my work. Finally I feel ready to start my own entrepreneurial venture!
— Gabriel Fontana


Creatives continuously feed from outside input, but being a freelancer doesn’t always allow an easy access to qualified feedback. The Commune’s mentoring sessions provide positive criticism, tips and support.




Start your business with all the support you need, without investing in private space or equipment. Become a Commune member and get a personal desk in the Studio, focus in the Research room, receive clients in the Meeting room and prototype with our machines in the Workshops. Our Memberships include Wi-fi, cleaning and service costs (prices are excl.VAT)




Discover our members, alumni and partners




Our passes allow you to work 5 days a month in a beautiful place made for creative freelancers. Take your laptop and sit behind our large flex-desk, mingle with our members, make use of our equipment and enjoy the work atmosphere. Our Passes include Wi-fi, cleaning and service costs (prices are excl.VAT)




Visit The Commune for yoga, lectures, tours or drinks




Keilestraat 5a
3029BP Rotterdam