With a demonstrated focus on activating physical spaces and management in creative events and festivals, Kent Teo is the founder and CEO of Invade. Under his company, Teo has used his decade of experience in retail-centric activation to build four assets: Fleawhere, Artbox Singapore, Invade.co, and MOX — one of the premier coworking spaces in APAC for creatives. Learn more about Teo’s journey and MOX’s community of collaborators in our latest interview.
When did you first discover coworking?
I discovered coworking in 2017.
What coworking space did you found?
How would you describe the community at your coworking space?
MOX is a place where all of the various creative communities can come together, such as artisans, makers, media specialists, and designers.
What other unique elements make your coworking space stand out from all the rest?
At MOX, we want to serve our community beyond coworking, which is we have facilities such as a photography studio, general workshop, art gallery, and auditorium. We often encourage our members to collaborate and create together.
Do you host any special member events to bring the community together?
On a monthly basis, we bring together our members in the community through social games and fun activities. We also like to invite and involve our members to be part of our creative events such as Artbox Singapore and Makers’ Market.
How did the consequences of COVID-19 affect your business operations?
We were under conditional lockdown for four months, and members were not able to return to the space to work.
What changes have you made to make things safer and more efficient for members post-Covid?
We created safe entry points for each of the rooms for better contact tracing. We will conduct wipe downs on a daily basis and we provide sanitizer at various counters. We also host virtual talks and programs over Zoom to keep the conversation going.
What are three key ingredients for operating a successful coworking brand (i.e. a multi-space network)?
Community-building; ability to facilitate conversations among members; and passion for providing value-added services and features to the community.
Do you have any advice for someone wanting to start a coworking space?
It is important to identify the community that the coworking space is serving.
How would you like people to remember your coworking space?
As a space that enables the rise of creative capital.