5 Saigon Co-Working Spaces You Should Try
posted by Linh Nguyen
on Apr 04, 2016
Location is a problem that entrepreneurs have to consider when starting a business. It is difficult to find an available spot to base an entire company, particularly in the overpopulated cities that clients likely call home. Now, with Saigon Co-working spaces, young founders have an alternative and much more efficient approach to finding workspaces that meet their businesses’ demands.
Entrepreneurs from around the world are quickly adopting the flexible lifestyle in which Co-working spaces are utilized to reduce overall business costs, to provide the individual with access to a network of similarly motivated and interesting creatives, and to allow the person to experience exciting new environments. It also provides opportunities for employees and freelancers who prefer working outside the office a change of scene when needed. And when money is tight – as is often the case when a company is new and doesn’t have the funds to lease an individual office – these spaces offer an interesting alternative with the added bonus of saving the organization some cash.
Co-working spaces have become very popular in a multitude of major cities, including Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. This city is a mixture of diverse neighbourhoods, each of which brings a unique lifestyle shared among the Vietnamese, Chinese, Europeans, Australians, and Americans who inhabit it. This scene provides a good opportunity for startups to begin creative initiatives by networking with other entrepreneurial minds in the city’s many Co-working spaces.
Here are the top five Co-working spaces in Ho Chi Minh City that are definitely worth checking out:
WORK Saigon (267/2 Dien Bien Phu, Ward 7, District 3) is one of the most attractive and successful Co-working spaces in HCMC, and for good reason. As they describe themselves, “WORK features productive workspaces designed for lone wolves or dream teams [and in] a quiet environment shared with other likeminded people.” Your membership comes with special treatments, such as a reserved seat upstairs, a private locker, an invite to events, and a 10% discount and a boss card (effectively an extra 10%) on food and drinks. And don’t forget the free Friday breakfasts! They also have their own organic garden where local chefs harvest ingredients for cooking in-house meals. Additional bonuses include the space’s swimming pool and dog area.
You’re looking for a spacious, 24/7 Co-working space with a green rooftop? A workplace with a kitchen where you can self-serve food and coffee? A place away from home with pleasant scenery in a calm neighborhood? An office with a secretary who can help you with all your translation and documentation needs? Then drop by Saigon Co-working (101 Cu Lao, Phu Nhuan, Ho Chi Minh City) and you will see that this place was made just for you. More than a Co-working space, Saigon Co-working is an innovative and dynamic community that welcomes talent from all professions to come together and bring great ideas to life.
Start Saigon (18bis/14 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City ) is a Co-working space and community in Ho Chi Minh City that is dedicated to and designed for entrepreneurs and startups involved in innovation technology and design. Start also hosts workshops and social events relevant to its members. Membership includes full-time access, optical fiber wifi, use of a conference call booth, motorbike parking, and swimming pool access.
Open since November 2015, Dreamplex (Level 9 – 10 – 11, 21 Nguyen Trung Ngan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City) is a beautifully designed Co-working space for startup entrepreneurs, creatives, consultants, and investors to work collaboratively or privately right in the heart of District 1. Its goal is to house the next revolutionary creation – while everybody else is still looking for a table near an electrical outlet at a coffee shop. Dreamplex can meet every possible need with its numerous and flexible services, such as 6 private phone booths and 6 conference rooms that can accommodate 4 to 16 people. Events held in Dreamplex include Tech In Asia Tour 2016, Pioneers Asia 2016, and [email protected]
Fablab Saigon (44/10 Nguyen Van Dau Street, Ward 6, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City) welcomes you with a cafeteria, a Co-working space, and – this is what makes Fablab Saigon special – makerspace. Makerspace is where you can make prototypes for your work or just try out some new ideas. Most of the tools are shared equipment that has been lent, sponsored by, or donated by Fablab Saigon’s members and partners. Whatever your project is, Fablab can help you make it happen.
These five Co-working spaces are just few of the many options available to entrepreneurs and startup founders looking for a spot to work and to network. Did we miss your go-to space? Let us know in the comments section; we’d love to see what we’ve been missing!