Building A Startup Community In Bali's Paradise.
This post originally appeared on blog.up.co
Peter Wall and Steve Munroe founded Hubud [Hub-in-Ubud], the first coworking space in Bali. This one-of-a-kind space is home to a diverse community of local and visiting creatives, techies, and entrepreneurs. Hubud, has over 250 members and just last weekend, hosted the first-ever Startup Weekend in Bali.
“The energy last weekend was absolutely incredible,” Wall says. “On Friday night, people pitched their hearts out, and then worked hard through Saturday and Sunday, having lots of great discussions and laughs along the way.”
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Hubud was born in March 2013 because Wall and Munroe personally needed a place to work and collaborate while living in Ubud - Bali’s cultural capital. The two entrepreneurs saw an opportunity to offer value to visitors and locals alike.
“One of our goals has been to make sure we aren’t just an island of foreign entrepreneurs working on our own, isolated from Indonesians,” Munroe says. “We have special pricing for Indonesians, and we give the space for free for workshops and events to local groups. Last weekend, about 25% of Startup Weekend participants were Indonesian - both from Bali, and outside of Bali - which is pretty good!”
Soon after Hubud was launched, the space started to attract a constant stream of digital nomads from across Indonesia and around the world looking to run their businesses and projects remotely.
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Munroe explains that Bali provides an environment where creativity and experimentation are not only possible but considered the norm. Many people launch their first businesses at Hubud and are often motivated by the goal of becoming location independent and having more freedom.
“Not everyone is looking for the billion dollar exit; many are looking to create a business that reflects their values, creates value for others and allows them to have a more passion-driven life,” Munroe says.
The community at Hubud offers learning experiences that most entrepreneurs wouldn’t have access to on their own in Bali. Startup Weekend, for example, was organized to give the community a chance to connect, collaborate, and learn.
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