Looking for a co-working space to launch your next big idea or network with the city's pioneering entrepreneurs? Finding a serene and comfortable place to work as a new business can be difficult, so we asked female entrepreneurs to point us toward their favorite work and meeting spaces in Hong Kong.
ANITA CHAN, FOUNDER OF SAM THE LOCAL
Some of my favorite places for meetings and working have been blueprint, WeWork, Paperclip, and Garage Society. Each of these places has a team involved in building a community. Through the events, community management team, and the types of entrepreneurs there, I have been able to make some valuable connections. It is those entrepreneurs there and attendees at the events that have been able to spark inspiration through conversations.
ADELE WONG, FOUNDER OF THE LOOP ONLINE MAGAZINE
My favorite co-working spaces are The Hive and theDesk. I'm a member at The Hive in Kennedy Town, and it's full of creative people and amazingly friendly staff. There's even a meditation room and a cafe for Hivers to unwind during work. I have also gone to theDesk for one-off sessions, and I find their packages very accommodating and affordable.
DIANE YOUNES, FOUNDER OF SPONGE MOBILE BEAUTY SERVICE
Since my schedule is quite packed, I like to have lunch meetings. Not only do I get to eat -- which I was going to do anyway -- but I get work done at the same time! Win-win. One of my favorite places is Grassroots Pantry because the food is great, the location has high ceilings so it doesn't feel stuffy, and it's a good place to talk. There's nothing like a good meal to get the ideas flowing.
INES GAFSI, CO-FOUNDER OF FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS WORLDWIDE
My favorite co-working space is The Work Project in Causeway Bay. It has been designed to make you feel very relaxed and calm -- a perfect environment to stay focused. It has a very sophisticated decor with pale blue color tone and wooden elements. I particularly adore the hanging garden in the centre of the common area.
It's also worth noting that The Work Project has attracted a lot of creative people from architecture and design backgrounds -- a cool crowd to hang out with. The funniest thing about this space shows how much attention they pay to details: the toilets are Japanese with hot seat and loads of gadgets…
NICOLE A. DE SURVILLE, FOUNDER OF Zolima CityMag
I joined Metta, which is more a community space than a co-working space. It is perfectly located -- in Central -- and has a wide open space that offers several sitting options that can fit different needs. A business meeting will take place in a small lounge corner, a co-working meeting at a large table, and there's also closed meeting rooms that offer strict privacy.
It is spacious, well furnished, has large windows with fabulous natural light -- you won't feel squeezed in a box. There's also a great coffee bar -- all of this contributes to an energizing yet settled atmosphere.
Because of the casual atmosphere and friendliness of the place, productive spontaneous networking comes indeed naturally among a community of creatives, startups, entrepreneurs and investors. It is very uplifting.
ABBY ZHANG, CO-FOUNDER OF YEECHOO FASHION RENTAL SERVICE
My favorite meeting space is Holly Brown on Stanley Street. It is the place where we launched YEECHOO a years ago! The space is so chill, and you are constantly surrounded by interesting guests and friendly staff. Of course, all-day long free Wi-Fi, great coffee, and the convenient location is a big plus. I go there often for brainstormings and meetings.