Metta Makes Its World Debut
A unique new platform, designed to bring entrepreneurs and the wider startup community closer together, is unveiled in Hong Kong.
Today marks the global launch of Mettā, a club for entrepreneurs that connects people, ideas and resources to ultimately further business opportunities. The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Honourable C Y Leung, attended the opening ceremony of Mettā’s first members-only space, located on the 21st floor of California Tower in Lan Kwai Fong. Dr. Allan Zeman, Founder and Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group and one of the city’s most renowned innovators, was also present alongside Founding Members of Mettā and other key figures of Hong Kong’s startup ecosystem.
Mettā is a members-only, multi-channel platform built upon three founding principles: community, live events and a space entrepreneurs can call home. It brings together founders and startups, industry influencers, investors, educators, and forward-thinking corporations who address today’s most pressing innovation challenges as a way of supporting businesses in their journey towards success.
Mr. Tony Verb, Managing Partner of Mettā said, “Great things happen when the right people meet for the right reasons. Mettā is opening today to bring startup communities, ecosystems and all forward-thinking, collaborative minds closer together in a meaningful way. We are creating a new way for people to collaborate, connect, and ultimately drive innovation forward in Hong Kong and beyond.”
From small workshops and presentations with industry experts through to large-scale networking sessions, events will take place at Mettā | California Tower on a daily basis with priority access for members. Brought to the community by the community, thought-provoking and inspiring event content will be created and delivered on a regular basis by Mettā’s notable Curators.
The intuitively designed 5,000sqft Mettā clubhouse provides the perfect environment for entrepreneurs to host meetings and get to know some of the most influential people in the startup and business community–those whom it would otherwise be hard to meet. The space also features the tastefully experimental BrewBar by The Coffee Academics, serving some of the best coffee alongside healthy refreshments to members and their guests.
Dr. Allan Zeman, Founder and Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group added, “Hong Kong has been built on entrepreneurship and creativity and we need places like Mettā for entrepreneurs and ideas to converge. Having Mettā in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, it will elevate the whole area as well as Hong Kong as the hub of entrepreneurship and I believe it will also pose a positive impact on the ecosystem.”
Simon Squibb, Founder of Nest, concluded, “We are so proud to see this unique platform come to life and begin to support entrepreneurs on their path to success. Mettā is a revolutionary concept and is truly innovative in the industry. I believe it will forge some truly great success stories in the future”.
Membership to Mettā is by invitation only, and new members gain access through the referral of an existing member. Launching first in Hong Kong, Mettā will open in cities around the world to create an unparalleled, meaningful entrepreneurial network without borders. A digital platform will also be introduced in late 2016 to further facilitate collaboration between the global Mettā community.
Launched in May 2016, Mettā is a community-driven entrepreneurs’ club that connects people, ideas and resources. The platform, which was invested in and backed by Nest, has been created to bring startups, innovators, influencers, and companies from around the world closer together and support them on their path to success.
Mettā is built around three principles: community, live events, and a space that the global entrepreneurial community can call home. The Mettā network will expand to more cities in key innovation centres later this year to make sure that distance doesn’t negatively impact the pursuit of meaningful collaboration and the furthering of ideas. The first Mettā members-only space opened in May 2016 in California Tower in Hong Kong. Members that demonstrate value to the startup ecosystem are welcome to be part of the community but must also be referred by an existing member. www.metta.co
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