She is also organizing “mini-accelerators,” such as workshops aimed at women trying to build their confidence and personal branding for a return to working life.
He chose The Working Capitol because of its ambience and retro-chic design, as well as for its convenience. Pantries, breakout rooms and a beer garden provide space for interaction, with lots of arranged lunches and events. Says Celine Asril, a freelance journalist who also runs a consultancy and a sustainable diapers start-up from her work desk, “The rest of the staff make themselves quite available to talking to people.
“You have whatever you typically need in a large office readily available: meeting rooms, video conferencing, Wi Fi,” he says. I’ve had a couple of conversations just randomly and they can say, ‘I know this person, I can connect you with that person.’” Leighton Prabhu, one of the partners at The Out Post, sees the space as a sort of “serviced apartment for foreign companies,” providing a set of services from workspace to advice on employment visas.
He works out of there too, which means that members can leverage on his skills as a chartered accountant and his work in visual marketing and consulting.
The space is now the Singaporean home for entrepreneurs from Iceland, Colombia, and the Netherlands, with businesses that range from flight simulators and financial technology to fashion.
Its founder, Michaela Anchan, got the idea for the space from her own experience of trying to work at home while being a stay-at-home mom.
“I was isolated without inspiration and constantly distracted; I needed to separate home and work,” she says.
Apart from providing a quiet space to concentrate, Anchan has built Woolf Works into a supportive, nurturing environment.
Just as in The Working Capitol, there are networking sessions and members’ events like yoga classes.
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