Iskandar Puteri will never be the same with the recent opening of Iskandar Space, a new co-working initiative aimed to be a catalyst of development for local startups and SMEs within Iskandar Malaysia. Launched by Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB), this is a new initiative encouraging a multidisciplinary co-working community within this region.
Combining the best elements of a co-working space and community building, Iskandar Space provides solutions for local entrepreneurs of all levels, especially startups and SMEs. The 8000sq facility is fully equipped with hot desks, private suits and an in-house café for all your co-working needs. Rates start as low as RM20 per day or RM150 per month for an instant office with all the premium fittings.
“The variety of workers means co-workers having unique skill sets that can be shared with other co-workers. This is very much in line with what IIB aspires to create in Iskandar Malaysia. Community, collaboration, learning and sustainability are all part of IIB’s DNA,” said Akmal Ahmad, Chief Operating Officer of IIB during the launch of Iskandar Space.
Also part of this unique ecosystem is Startup Johor, a community set-up to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs around the state through business partnerships and investment linkages.
“Through Iskandar Space, Startup Johor will be bringing in partners locally and regionally to support the growth of the ecosystem. Some of the cornerstone partners in discussion include Cradel Fund Funding & Ecosystem building), The LEAD (The League of Extraordinary Developers-talent building) and e27 (regional market access & ecosystem building),” said Feng Lim, Founder of At20s and Startup Johor.
Since its inception, iSpace has been working closely with Cradle, an early stage start up influencer that is incorporated under the Ministry of Finance as a step to provide government grants, equity investments and funding to qualified startups. These Start Ups will enjoy non-monetary aid such as coaching, commercialisation support as well as other value added services to cater to the diversified needs.
The co-working space will also host various educational events, mentoring sessions, business partnerships and investment linkages for the community on a regular basis. These will help budding entrepreneurs and startups gain market access and expansion.
Original article by Amin Khairuddin, The Iskandarian