The one-stop coliving for startups in Hong Kong

The one-stop coliving for startups in Hong Kong

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The goal of a startup founder is to keep costs down, network with the right crowd, and create a productive environment for your team. But that’s not always easy for startups to achieve, especially in cities like Hong Kong, where the rent prices are skyrocketing. The answer lies in coliving, the one-stop shop for realizing your startup goals and living affordably in business epicenters.


Source: InnTech – Ivan Ivanov, CEO of InnTech

We had the pleasure of interviewing Ivan Ivanov, a serial entrepreneur, VC investor, and real-estate genius who gave us his insights on the coliving ecosystem in Hong Kong and virtually guided us through his entire coliving space, InnTech. 

Hong Kong, the Asian Silicon Valley

In 2017 alone, there were more than 2,000 startups in Hong Kong, with an impressive 24% growth rate. The startup scene in Hong Kong is as dynamic and varied as the lifestyle in the city itself. After spending some time in Silicon Valley, Ivan realized that there were no coliving spaces in Hong Kong that would satisfy a startup's needs. They lacked necessities such as affordable rent, business networking opportunities, and a fun environment where professionals could interact and cultivate relationships. 

InnTech coliving Hong Kong community events for statups and entrepreneurs

Source: InnTech – Community events

“I lived in a coliving house in Silicon Valley, where I was really impressed with how easily members communicated with their community through networking events, such as investor BBQ’s, where you could strike a deal between two steaks, or pitching workshops for startups, just to name a few.” – Ivan Ivanov, CEO of InnTech

When he moved his business to Hong Kong, Ivan initially rented a traditional real-estate workspace for his team but quickly realized he needed more. He was determined to move to a next-level office space designed with entrepreneurs in mind. He canceled his lease and moved to a serviced office managed by his future business partner, Michael Wong, Chairman and Founder of WorkTech. Their shared interest in VC and real estate, combined with their inner motivation to improve the Hong Kong ecosystem’s availability to startups, made them the perfect fit to create a coliving space ideal for startups. 

At that moment, InnTech was born. As a member of InnTech, you can choose A la carte from networking events, investor meetings, or workshops, all whilst working in a beautiful and productive environment.

Coliving is the new hot deal in real estate.

Why would someone invest in a coliving space rather than a “safe bet” traditional real-estate investment? What makes a coliving founder an ideal candidate for investors?  

According to Ivan, coliving founders need to have solid foundations in real estate to understand the market better. But, above all, they must intend to improve the local ecosystem. For Ivan and his partner, InnTech is more than business; it’s a mission. Enhancing and supporting the startup scene in Hong Kong is not just a marketing term they place on their website to stand out from the crowd. Instead, it is a goal that they are actively working to accomplish. They do this by cultivating strong, long-term relationships with local investment firms, working on soft-landing programs for entrepreneurs, and sponsoring startup-related events, such as Startmeup Festival, which is co-organized by the Hong Kong government.

Ivan Ivanov's advice for new coliving operators:

  • Understand the real estate market
  • Choose a vital mission and work with a purpose
  • Find a local partner
  • Team up with companies who could be interesting for your audience
  • Build a strong community by cultivating relationships

InnTech: Welcome to startup-paradise

Cheaper living in the city is only a piece of what makes InnTech special. Startup founders, solopreneurs, and motivated professionals choose Inntech because of the networking value that the coliving space provides. InnTech partners with most of the big Hong Kong startup ecosystem players, such as the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Invest Hong Kong, corporations and venture capital firms, startup media, and many more innovation programs. These connections can be invaluable to a startup and are perhaps one of the most needed factors for a successful company.

“InnTech is more than just a nice place to live; it’s access to our comprehensive network, including events, investors and mentors.” – Ivan Ivanov, CEO of InnTech


Source: InnTech Coliving

But they don’t simply hand out this access to anyone. To gain entry, InnTech needs to choose you as well. They only accept members who are already entrepreneurs or have the ambition and interest to become one. This methodology ensures the like-mindedness of the community, an essential pillar of its overall success. InnTech knows that working alongside incredibly distinguished and talented individuals or teams will positively affect your productivity meter.

Inntech encourages founders to join, even for a short-term stay (from 1 month), to test their ideas in the Hong Kong market. For many companies, InnTech and WorkTech function as the first step to building a successful company by providing a productive working and living environment and a remarkable, supportive community.

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