StartupsHK Poll: Which Hong Kong Co-Working Space is Delivering the Most Value?


In the past year, there’s been a lot of growth in the Hong Kong co-work space arena. While 80/80 Space and The Loft opened in Kowloon; Platform, Paperclip and Garage Society launched on the Hong Kong side – and that’s not including government-backed spaces such as Smart-Space at Cyberport or The Hive’s Kennedy Town and Sai Kung expansions.

In a recent interview that we did with The Hive’s founder Constant Tedder, we learned that a number of changes in new tech (such as mobile computing) and career choices (telecommuting and freelancing) are supporting the co-work space model. “As the corporate world changes itself, startups are having an impact on bigger companies and on people’s ambitions for their personal careers,” he said. “People are working independently because it suits the way they want to live – and co-working spaces support a big part of that.”

While there is certainly a supply of them, and trends are indicating that there is and will be a demand – are the spaces getting used?

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Accelerating Slowly: What Does Hong Kong’s Ecosystem Need to Avoid Being an American Copycat?


This is a guest post from Deepak Madnani, founder of Sheung Wan-based co-working space and startup academy Paperclip.

Startup Accelerators are attaining almost mythical status as the ‘promised land’ for startups.

Unsurprisingly, the US is leading the way for having the most famous and productive accelerators, especially when measured by number of companies being processed. For reasons that I’ll get into, the design of the US accelerator model makes sense in the environment of the US startup ecosystem but I challenge whether that model should be copied globally.

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Startup Grind Opens Hong Kong Chapter; First Event with Founders of StartupsHK on 11 February


Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs, that is now opening a chapter in Hong Kong!

The first event will be on 11 February at the new academy/co-workspace Paperclip and will feature the founders of StartupsHK – Casey Lau, Gene Soo and Jon Buford – in what will be an insightful look back at the beginnings of the startup community in Hong Kong, how it evolved over the past 4 years from 6 people to 5,000, where it’s headed and how StartupsHK helps startups to connect with each other, media, investors and talent and generally insight in the Hong Kong startup scene.

Startup Grind’s Hong Kong chapter heads are Josh Steimle, Amity Wu and Atin Batra – and they will continue on every month with new speakers to be announced on their site and here. We are extremely honoured to be the first guests of this great startup speaker event and we hope to see you there next Tuesday.