My buddies in Hong Kong, Felix Lam and Jon Buford, introduced me to a company in Futian district of Shenzhen who is interested in converting their office into a coworking / incubator office, as they will be growing out of it moving into a bigger office about 5 minute walk down the road.
Honestly, I was a bit hesitant to go there, as (selfishly) it is about 1 hour (sometimes more) away from where I’m currently living and working in Nanshan district. This is the major problem with Shenzhen, ITS SO WIDE!….and not only is it wide, the populations are also so spread out….. whereas in the majority of cities I know of, they have downtown and the residential areas, and clear spots in one’s mind where the majority of people would want to rent. We have Shekou, where we looked at a 2nd floor of a cafe, and I am still really liking the idea of leveraging the hackerspace network at Chaihuo.
But, I did take the time to come over, and honestly I am glad I did!
Carman the owner of the space, is a great HK businesswoman, and has been in contact with the Hong Kong startup community about this space for almost a year from what I gather. It is 3 rooms (if needed, but the video and photos are for 1 space), in a Free Trade Zone of Futian district. RIGHT ON THE HONG KONG BORDER, in my video below, you can see exactly what I’m talking about. The current workers here can even catch Hong Kong mobile signal. And a lot of them live in Hong Kong, and commute to this Shenzhen office.
Carman’s idea is to be a mix of incubator and coworking. The place is well decorated and finished, and we can connect angels with startups, and have separate glassed in rooms for those invested startups.
Its also a great gateway office for Hong Kong companies that want to enter the Shenzhen / Mainland China market.
Which is exactly what Carman did 6 years ago, she came to China to hire R&D talent, her company, 7kiwi.com is a Chinese mobile app company for the educational industry, for parents and their children to accelerator the learning process. She has built up quite a nice company, and wants to offer this Shenzhen “gateway” office to other companies starting out.
I’m talking to a lot of my friends in Southeast Asia, as well as in USA about coming to work and visit Shenzhen, and I think this office is a great window for that chance.
Hoping to get some comments / ideas over this Chinese New Years.
She is currently using the space, but plans to move out end of Feb, probably launch this space in early March 2012.
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Security: 24-hrs access card system
Manager and staff furniture
Phone and fax lines
Broadband network per seat
Sharing (no extra charge):
Toilet and lounge bar
Balcony (outdoor smoking area)
Printer / Scanner / Copy
Paper/CD/card cutting machine
-Can receive HK mobile signal within office
-Each room has two VPN account that can allow browsing any websites in the world inside China.
Incubator Team Offices
One manager + two staff
One manager + 4 staff
Room (2 mgrs)
+ three staff
Four staff /
One manager + 4 staff
Shared area 460 sq. ft.