Perched beside the Rhine River, Mainz is an old town with half-timbered houses and medieval market squares to explore. It's the capital and the largest city of the Rhineland-Palatinate of Germany with a population of about 206,628 people meandering its streets. Founded by the Romans in the 1st Century BC, it was a military fortress on the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire. It's famous for being the home of Johannes Gutenberg who invented the movable-type printing press that in the early 1450s manufactured the first books in the city, including the Gutenberg Bible. Many of its old buildings were destroyed during World War II when the city was subjected to more than 30 air raids. Today Mainz is a bustling city, a transport hub and the heart of wine production in the region. There are still enough architectural wonders to keep a smile on the face of a history buff and now that there are coworking venues in its streets, its innovative locals are smiling as well.
Germany's startup scene is thriving with opportunities given to creative souls to pitch their ventures to investors at "Startup Germany" that went on tour at the instigation of the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad. The startup scene is a bit of a mixed bag with almost 30% of startup staff not being German. There are a few hurdles to overcome such as red tape hassles, language barriers and the fact that most founders wish to hire skilled foreign workers. Eight out of ten German startups wish to go international, but legal systems and regulations may be inhibitors in this regard.
Despite these niggles, coworking spaces are overflowing with creatives in collaborative mode whilst getting to mingle with a vibrant community.