I didn’t know what to expect from Garage Society before arriving. All I knew was that I was excited to work in a space with many startups, and to be in Hong Kong. Little did I know that my time here would mean so much more than just an internship.
Garage Society is the perfect place to work. The ambience is everything you want out of a work place. The people are friendly, easygoing, and always ready to start a conversation. There are endless reasons as to why Garage Society can easily be differentiated to all the other co-working spaces, but what stood out to me the most is the community. It is very close-knit, supportive and accepting. Spending time here has been extremely invaluable. It has made me believe that everything is possible and to never say never. There are countless examples of how Garage Society has shaped me. Here’s one short anecdote… Towards the beginning of my internship, Esther and I were asked to interview Fresco Capital’s Furuzonfar for Humans of Garage Society. I knew very little about VCs then. In fact, all I knew was that VCs invest in startups, right? While researching, my curiosity and interest in VCs was conceived. I remember at the Cadet follow-up after we finished our interview with Furuzonfar, James asked me what I wanted to do most during my internship. I immediately blurted out learning more about venture capital, so he suggested that I organize a venture capital panel event. The result was an event called “Venture Capital Perspectives in Hong Kong.” In order to prepare, I began researching Hong Kong’s VC market and the startup ecosystem, which allowed me to gain a better and broader insight on VCs. I know I still have a long way to go, but being able to draft up the questions for the moderator and prepare background research was already an accomplishment for me. To my surprise, the event was completely sold out and a huge success. This experience has pushed me to seek for new opportunities. Without Garage Society, I would not have had the passion and confidence to get an internship with an incubator during my next semester abroad.
IN SHORT, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE HERE.
The team has been very receptive to my needs and interests, and are always willing to go above and beyond to help me. As a result of the past 10 weeks, I am now a more confident person and a more effective communicator. I have gained so much from this experience: learned many new skills, discovered passions, and made lasting relationships. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work here. Thank you Garage Society for the endless encouragement and getting me to believe in myself. This has truly been an invaluable learning experience that I will never forget. - Prae
As part of our #BeTheChange series, we sit down and discuss how people and business have evolved, with change-makers in our Garage Community.
This week, we sit down with Michelle Hong, co-founder of Rooftop Republic, a social enterprise on a mission to introduce the joys of urban farming to the city folk of Hong Kong.
Rooftop Republic has been part of the Garage Community since 2018, and they have a rooftop farm on the terrace of our Wan Chai Lockhart space.
It was great to catch up with Michelle over sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and the joys of growing your own food.
The advent of user-friendly e-commerce tools has made starting your own small business easier than ever.
With so many people embarking on their entrepreneurial journey, we thought we’d give you a reminder on how to support small, local business owners.
We encourage everyone to be conscious consumers - whether this means voting with your dollar for locally farmed vegetables, or writing a positive review for the indie coffee shop in your neighbourhood.
Here are a few ideas to get started:
As part of our focus on growth, we asked the Garage Community what areas they would like they spend more time developing. It was very clear that you all wanted to dedicate more time to your mental and physical health!
Considering that Hong Kongers have some of the longest working hours in the world, it’s important to carve out some time for yourself.
Here is a comprehensive wellbeing toolkit with guides, recommendations, and resources for bettering your mind and body.
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