By: Jotham Lim
WORQ is proud to launch their third and flagship co-working space at Kuala Lumpur Gateway Mall, Kampung Kerinchi. The decision stems from the overwhelming success of the previous two branches, located in Glo Damansara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, and UOA Business Park, Subang.
Special guests who have attended the grand launching of the new space include Razif Aziz, acting chief executive officer of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd, and YB Fahmi Fadzil, current Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai.
“We became too big for our space in our other two branches. WORQ’s KPI is to make everyone in the community as successful as possible. We want to create an environment where you just need knock on our doors, and you are able to grow your team to 50 people and beyond,” said Stephanie Ping, co-founder and chief executive officer of WORQ.
Razif Aziz highlighted in his speech, that entrepreneurship is a lonely journey. He hopes that co-working spaces are able to bring together like-minded entrepreneurs who share the same pains, challenges, needs and goals.
“We have a vested interest in the success of WORQ and the community residing in it. We pooled together several venture capitalists and angel investors to support WORQ in 2016, and this was the first investment that we have made that was not part of our program,” Razif said.
“I am proud to see WORQ become what it is today,” he further added.
Meanwhile, YB Fahmi Fadzil mentioned in his speech that the biggest challenge within the startup community today is the case of employment.
“Behind these tall towers in Kampung Kerinchi are people living in PPRs (Public Low-Cost Housing). The question is, how are we able to rope them in and be part of the economy? With co-working spaces, we need to start thinking about the future of work development,” he added.
Fahmi also announced during the grand launching that he will be inviting twenty or so entrepreneurs from the WORQ co-working space, to join him in parliament for the October session, to speak with key opinion leaders and exchange their experience and knowledge with each other.
“With so many tech startups and entrepreneurs here in Kampung Kerinchi, I hope that this place will one day be known as ‘Silicon’ Kerinchi’,” Fahmi joked.