It is assumed that there is a market for GitLab services. Some clues were collected during User Research a few months ago: all Free Software service companies I discussed with provide GitLab services to their customers for a fee (Octopuce, IndieHosters, Webarchitect, Easter-eggs, Autonomic) as well as a number of CHATONS in the non-profit space (shared hosting for a fee).
Hostea could provide services such as:
For that to be worth the effort, the customer base should be large companies, government agencies and universities. Organizations that publish public tenders that Hostea could answer to using GitLab / Gitea as product and Hostea as the tooling around it. It takes a long time for such contracts to be concluded but I assume they are worth at least 5k€ each because there is a limit under which it is not mandatory / sensible to publish a public tender.
There are relatively new Europe wide legislation that may open business opportunities.
These are assumptions and some market research is required to corroborate this before moving forward.
What do you think?