Our internet connection here in Sarawak might not be optimal yet, but that hasn’t stopped us from opening innovation spaces for start-up communities and digital nomads.
Innovation space has become a big thing in Malaysia, particularly Kuching with many start-ups communities and digital nomads starting to grow and flourish.
With aspiring Digital Nomads in mind, KajoMag has listed the innovation spaces available in Kuching.
1. iCube Innovation, ICOM Square
Probably one of the first few innovation centers to ever be established in Kuching, iCube has welcomed digital nomads and start-up communities of all kinds.
Among the facilities offered by iCube are open work spaces or offices, meeting rooms and a pantry.
Services offered by iCube also include courier and dispatch service, business registration address, advertising, branding and corporate ID, accounting, auditing and legal advisory as well as printing and design.
iCube also offers numerous seminars, programmes and talks for the public featuring digital related topics.
iCube is open from 8 am to 6 pm on weekdays.
2. TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub, ICOM Square
TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub was launched by the Sarawak government in 2017 as a means to encourage start-up communities to flourish and grow.
Located at ICOM Square, TEGAS (an acronym for Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputra Sarawak) looks like a mini Google office with its colourful bean bags and open working space.
Among the facilities that you find at TEGAS are a working space, sky booth (private booth), event space, conference room, sound production room and a 3D printer station.
Ranging from the price of RM8 (per day) to RM40 (per week) and RM150 (per month), TEGAS is open from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays.
3. Borneo 744, Jalan Semangat
Once upon a time, I came across Borneo 744 by accident while driving aimlessly around on a Saturday afternoon.
Borneo 744 is one of the hottest spots for start-up communities to work and network with each other.
It is a community friendly space that provides a co-working space, exhibitions, innovation hubs, seminars or workshops for people.
Usually during the weekend, Borneo 744 will organise seminars (sometimes for free) often relating digital marketing courses for the public.
Borneo 744 is open daily from 12 pm to 10 pm.
4. Digital Economy Hub (DEH), Onejaya Mall
If you haven’t tried out 3D-printing yet, then you might want to check out DEH at Onejaya Mall.
Initiated by FAME International Group, DEH is established as a center for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematic (S.T.E.A.M) and commercial application.
Spanning 1,022 square meters, among the cool stuff DEH features are a 3D printing lab, Makers Lab, Fabrication Lab, Training Area, robotic arms lab, robotic installation and programming as well as a Virtual Reality (VR) studio and high WiFi coverage.
DEH is open from 9.30 am to 7 pm and is closed every Tuesday.
To know more about DEH, check out their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/dehmalaysia/
5. Saradise Innovation Space, Jalan Song
Located at Brighton Square of Jalan Song, the Saradise Innovation Space is relatively new.
Saradise also offers courses such as robotics and 3D printing.
Located at Saradise Kuching, the innovation centre is surrounded by business centres and a handful of coffee shops.
Saradise Innovation Space is open from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays.
To know more, check out their website at http://www.saradise.my/innovation-space/
6. Last but not least…
Sarikei Innovation Centre (SIC), Sarikei:
For those in Sarikei, do check out SIC at Jalan Nyelong.
With its classic colonial architecture, the Sarikei Innovation Centre is not your typical innovation hub centre.
The SIC building used to be the district office building, thus making it a great place to visit as it oozes with history.
The SIC is open from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm on weekdays.
To know more, check out https://www.facebook.com/sarikeiinnovation/