Whether you’re part of a fledgling company or just trying to get some work done in a conducive environment, Shanghai offers a co-working space that’s right for you. Some are little more than empty buildings with a smattering of desks, others offer high tech facilities, and still others host networking events to help you get your business off the ground. Whatever you’re looking for, it’s here.
naked Hub, run by naked Hospitality Group, is the hippest of Shanghai’s coworking spaces. Its open plan floor allows entrepreneurs to easily network and socialize as they get work done. The place is open 24 hours and offers amenities like showers, filtered air, and free weekly massages. The daily fee not only gives you access to state of the art facilities, but also to free flow coffee, tea, water, and beer. There are 6 naked Hub locations throughout the city.
Linkplace knows that working isn’t all about, well, work. Sometimes the most productive people are those who focus on fun. In addition to fully equipped work areas, the 24 hour facility contains a resource area complete with books, a smoking zone, games room with pool table, dining area with complimentary coffee and onsite gym.
Although already an international name in coworking, WeWork is a bit of a newcomer to Shanghai, currently offering two locations in the heart of the city. The spaces focus on natural light so workers don’t feel closed in. Each location is equipped with a common area, bar, open offices, private offices, and conference rooms. There are also plenty of electrical outlets, so no one need fight over them.
People Squared is China’s oldest co-working space. Now in several locations throughout Shanghai, People Squared takes inspiration from Google’s offices and has recently joined the Google for Entrepreneurs program to offer its users coveted resources only a name like Google could provide.
Sandbox3 is the only free coworking space in Shanghai. Because of this, the atmosphere is very laid back and non-professional, catering to college students and small startups. On your first visit, you are required to sign up with a personal ID and download the Sandbox3 app. Once signed up, you will be issued a card that gives you 24/7 access to the facilities. Coffee, food, and private meeting rooms cost money. There are three locations throughout the city.
Xnode describes itself as a “startup accelerator,” offering networking and collaboration opportunities for small companies as well as events at which clients can pitch ideas to venture capitalists. Access to the common area is free, but outlets there are limited. There are five Xnode locations in Shanghai.