It is a special day for those in Thailand, the land of smiles. Two co-working spaces – Hubba in Bangkok and Pun Space in Chiang Mai – have come together with a strategic partnership to develop the country’s co-working community and tech startup ecosystem.
Previously, the two have organized various joint events like UX Workshop for Founders and Tech Meetups. But this will be of a different scale. Amarit “Aim” Charoenphan, co-founder and co-CEO of HUBBA, said the two companies want to get better involved in the co-working community this year. “[T]here is a lot more to do to make the startup ecosystem of coworking spaces, events and activities, mentoring, investors and media thrive here. Together with Pun Space and HUBBA’s 4 other coworking partners, we hope to grow the movement across Thailand this year and really make 2013 the ‘Year of Co-working.’”
Vichaya Sirisanthana, co-founder of Pun Space, also helped shed some light on this partnership. Bangkokians, or those based in the capital of Thailand, can have the option of traveling up north to Chiang Mai to get away from the hustle and bustle of the urban life. Likewise, people in Chiang Mai can travel to Bangkok freely knowing that they have a place at HUBBA to do work. ”Our partnership with HUBBA in Bangkok will encourage anyone who like to travel and work to join our coworking space network.”
Aim also added that Chiang Mai has an existent pool of highly recognized creatives and developers, and will most definitely be able to make it as a startup hub. Vichaya agreed, saying that “Thailand’s co-working ecosystem will benefit as more people join the community.”
Indeed, it is better to work together than compete. Both co-working spaces will be launching a co-working visa initiative, a definite first in Thailand. This will allow members of either space to use spaces freely at no charge for a maximum of three days a month. The trial offering is valid until July 31, 2013.
Image Credit: Pun Space