A Peak into blueprint, HK’s Newest Co-working and Accelerator Space

A Peak into blueprint, HK’s Newest Co-working and Accelerator Space
Comments Off, 27/01/2015, by , in Local Startup News

This article was written by Hannah Leung of EntrepreneurHK (EHK).

EHK steps into Swire’s trendy work space for tech start-ups 

Commercial property developer Swire Properties has officially launched blueprint, a technology start-up accelerator programme and co-working space.  Occupying some enviable prime real estate in Quarry Bay, blueprint is a 20,000 square feet haven, completed at an estimated HK $20 million.

The space occupies two floors of Cornwall House. The 16th floor is a co-working and events space, where start-ups and entrepreneurs can mingle freely in the open lounge spaces. We are told that spaces are still available, so as long as you’re tech-focused, you and your team can qualify. The cost to gain access to this 24/7 space is HK $2,000 (for individuals) per month. Meanwhile, the 17th floor is dedicated to the 11 winning tech start-ups.

Here’s a peak into what this ideal working environment looks like:

The chairs lining the wall in this communal lounge area are made from airline seats, courtesy of Cathay Pacific. Recycled and refurbished plane artifices are scattered throughout the space.

blueprint Workspace

Little nooks and private cubicles are smartly scattered over the floor plan, ensuring that a myriad of needs, whether it’s a conference call or large business meeting, are met. There are also sound-proof phone booths, for moments when you need a little privacy.

blueprint

Members are given access to private mailboxes, large monitors, charging cables, POP phone headsets and headphones, ensuring that the laptop is the most bulky item that needs to be transported. Other perks from blueprint’s partners include high-speed Wi-Fi, unlimited printing, guest passes for visitors, discounts on laundry services, yoga classes and more.

blueprint Outdoor Meeting Room (internal)

To get a breath of fresh air without making the trek downstairs, this quasi outdoor area features windows that fold all the way down. The tables are ideal for gatherings and lunch meetings.

blueprint

Last, one of our favourite features is this interactive wall that makes taking a restroom break fun. And believe us, with the self-serve cafe, (read: complimentary coffee) this will be a high traffic area.

For more behind the scenes, read our interview with Charlie Melvoin, the Project Leader for blueprint, and Hilary Szymujko, who manages the Startups, Investors & Mentors side of things for blueprint. 

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