Coworking space seems still a new term for Cambodian, but well known for expats and foreigners. The first coworking space in Cambodia was established in 2010 call Hackerspace Phnom Penh run by expats, later on, the second one was build end of 2011 call SmallWorld run by a group of Cambodian friends, and the latest just launching in January 2016 is Emerald HUB.
The style of coworking allows small teams, startups, consultants and freelancers to work together in a single, shared office environment, and provide the opportunity for collaboration with others in the realm of business development, design, coding, financial management, legal law, sales, and marketing.
Coworking spaces operate like startup campuses, providing eager minds with outlets and WiFi, as well as access to angel investors and entrepreneurs who act like mentors, coaching and a fertile breeding ground for collaboration between entrepreneurs, designers, and developers. To grab a spot in a coworking space, you must live and breathe Phnom Penh’s entrepreneurial spirit with a group of people include startups businesses, freelance designers, developers, hackers, PR and marketing professionals, video & photographer, writers, students, and all-around brilliant, awesome people.
There are top 5 best coworking spaces in Phnom Penh City that you can consider:
Emerald Hub is a Cambodia modern design coworking space, located in the central of Phnom Penh city, offers students, freelancers, independent individuals, young startups, entrepreneurs, small and growing businesses, service providers and investors the opportunity to work in an innovative, energetic and collaborative workspace. Emerald HUB members can work at shared and dedicated “desks”, dedicated offices or private rooms, complemented with high-speed Wi-Fi Internet and relevant amenities. The membership cost start from 30$ per month and private room cost from 250$ per month. Space is open from 8:00am to 8.30pm
Their vision is to build up the best coworking environment in Cambodia for startup, innovative and creative individual, freelancers, entrepreneurs, businesses, investors, and communities by providing a platform to learn, share, create, work, connect and grow.
An international brand, claim as social enterprise business and run by the expat. Started 2014, currently located in BBK1 on the 2nd floor of home-equipment shop. And the parking space is a bit small. Services offered include wifi, a rentable conference room and also tailored mentoring, with full-time members paying 60 USD for a hot desk per month, 150 USD for permanent, while part-timers pay 35 USD and 10 USD for a daily drop in. This HUB is open from 8am to 8pm.
Impact Hub Phnom Penh, believe that a more sustainable and innovative Cambodia is possible and that thanks to the power of collaborative entrepreneurship, positive impact will happen. The community is made of entrepreneurs, social investors, freelancers, students, consultants and much more. Members enjoy a global platform connecting you to 11,000+ entrepreneurs; access to mentoring and support; a creative working area of fixed or hot desks; flexible exhibition and events space and a program of inspiring lectures, workshops, and talks, all housed in a beautiful building in the center of Phnom Penh. ImpactHUB is part of a global network of connected communities that enable collaborative ventures. Impact Hubs unite people from every profession, background and culture with imagination and drive to pursue enterprising ideas for the world. These are the people who see and do things differently and have the entrepreneurial passion for creating sustainable impact.
coLAB is a co-working space, innovation lab, and start-up pre-incubator. Members include designers, developers, consultants and social entrepreneurs. They support creativity and innovation.
Near Russian Market, coLAB is one of the city’s oldest hubs, starting life as Hackerspace in 2010 before evolving into a co-working space soon after. The peaceful communal office has excellent coffee and is bright and airy, while the adjoining Hackerspace is filled with inspiring projects. A meet-up with a pop-up bar is held on the first Tuesday of each month from 6pm to late. Training sessions run regularly and membership costs $120 a month, or $70 for 10 coupons.
A modern co-working space with full facilities created in 2014 and funded by USAID, located in Phsa Doem Thkov area – near San Som Kosal pagoda. It’s FREE membership. The conference room can host up to 160 participants. The conference room is providing free for the free event, and charge a lower price for charge event. It’s difficult for car parking. The Lab was created to serve non-profit organizations. 5DLab is open from 8am to 5.30pm.
SmallWorld is a collaborative workspace for early startups and budding entrepreneurs. SmallWorld helps entrepreneurs test, refine, design startup model, build, and launch fast with small capital by providing a shared workspace and a supporting community of like-minded people. Housed in a large villa in the city’s leafy Tuol Kork, it offers co-working space with rates at $30 a month per person (or $60 for a set table and chair) and offices from $200 to $400 a month. And also provides business concept consultation, and the possibility of additional support for young entrepreneurs via small or community investments. Space is open from 8am to 5.30pm.
Their mission is to discover and create innovative business and employment opportunities for Cambodian youth in an open and casual work environment.