Eight floors of creative shared workspace in Causeway Bay ready to propel the next generation of Hong Kong businesses forward
HONG KONG, 23 FEBRUARY 2017 – In a move sure to excite entrepreneurs and enterprises alike, WeWork celebrated the official opening of one of its flagship Asia locations by hosting a formal opening ceremony at Tower 535 in the heart of Causeway Bay, Hong Kong on 23rd February 2017. Established in 2010 as a platform for creators that provides the beautiful space, inspiring community and meaningful business services to help people make a life not just a living, WeWork now brings Hong Kong’s most enterprising companies together to create, connect and grow. Spanning eight floors with stunning views of Victoria Harbour, WeWork Tower 535 brings a new dynamic to Hong Kong’s vibrant business scene with an unsurpassed ability to help local businesses scale by facilitating collaboration both at home and abroad.
The official opening of WeWork Tower 535 is the latest development in WeWork’s expansion into Greater China. In partnership with Hony Capital and Sino-Ocean Group, WeWork is slated to enter Beijing and will open three locations there in the near future. WeWork also plans to bolster its two existing locations in Shanghai with three more spaces. Including Tower 535 in Causeway Bay and a second location in Wan Chai in Hong Kong, WeWork’s growing regional presence will play an instrumental role in driving Greater China startups and enterprises to new heights.
Special Guests at WeWork Hong Kong Official Ceremony at Tower 535
Miguel McKelvey, WeWork Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, said, “We are very excited to launch Tower 535 in Hong Kong. This city is one of the most international and diverse places and is home to a growing population of entrepreneurs, startups, and established multinationals. We believe that WeWork can support every one of them. We hope that Tower 535 will serve as a community base and act as a launch pad for local Hong Kong members, helping them scale and connect with other inspiring people in our 90,000-strong international member network. These connections can foster innovation and help local companies achieve their true potential, so that they can do what they love.” At the official launch ceremony, Miguel added to this sentiment and talked about the role he sees WeWork playing in helping Hong Kong companies scale locally and internationally.
John Zhao, Chairman and CEO of Hony Capital, who was also in attendance at the ceremony, commented, “The concept of ‘Sharing’ is changing people’s everyday lives, and WeWork is the pioneer that represents this disruptive trend. We look forward to continuing to work closely with WeWork to accelerate its growth, and at the same time inspire entrepreneurs to reach their goals.”
Mr. Gregory So Kam-leung, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development for the HKSAR Government, was in attendance to officiate at the event and gave a speech during the launch ceremony. He said, “WeWork shares our city’s entrepreneurial spirit and is uniquely positioned to help Hong Kong continue its proud tradition of innovation and reach the next level of its development. WeWork Tower 535 will facilitate the next generation of Hong Kong’s disruptive entrepreneurs and enterprises to work together to turn innovative ideas into new products and services for local, regional and global markets.”
Fostering Local Community and Global Connectivity
Reflecting the diversity of Hong Kong, WeWork Tower 535’s growing community of members span many different industries, disciplines and demographics, from independent freelancers to mid-size startups and large enterprises. In choosing WeWork Tower 535, each of these Hong Kong businesses have joined WeWork’s international network numbering over 90,000 members in 125 locations in 38 cities and 10 countries around the world. By using an in-house app to connect with other members or book a hot desk at any location worldwide, WeWork members enjoy unparalleled opportunities to network. Networking within WeWork is a tried-and-true process and a major key to the company’s success. Over 70% of WeWork members actively collaborate – meaning they help each other’s businesses thrive by sharing advice and ideas – while over 50% do business together.
Beautiful Communal Design Inspires Member Interaction and Creativity
At the core of this collaborative spirit are creatively designed spaces that inspire people to interact and contribute to a thriving business community. Recognizing that thoughtful design elements serve as focal points for conversations, WeWork’s in-house designers and local partner NC Design & Architecture (NCDA) layered universal WeWork elements with contemporary Hong Kong references. Whether it be bespoke art murals by Hong Kong-based creatives, custom furnishings, or wallpapers inspired by the city’s distinctive streetscape, design details get members talking in-person, driving them to actively engage, brainstorm and explore what each floor of WeWork Tower 535 has to offer.