Members are strictly screened based on two criteria.
Occupying the entire 8th floor of High Street Centre is a collaborative workspace, Collision 8, that seeks to stand out among peers. Unlike most coworking spaces, the 8,000 sq. ft. Collision 8 is a members club. Members are screened on two criteria - their innovativeness as well as their desire to collaborate.
“We are deliberately broad in our definition of innovation which we do not restrict to technological or digital innovation, but rather a mindset of having new ideas and wanting to turn them into reality, preferably through partnerships with innovators in other fields with complementary but different skill sets, resources and perspectives,” explains co-founder Michelle Yong.
Michelle, 37, is a fourth generation leader of construction conglomerate Woh Hup, who built the property development arm Aurum Land to an award winning $100 million+ business. Her co-founder, John Tan, is a serial entrepreneur at a young age of 34.. He is currently a partner at 8 Capita and BWB Ventures, two micro VC funds with a combined portfolio of 70+ startups in Asia and the US.
According to Michelle, a membership in Collision 8 is offered to a diverse community of entrepreneurs, corporates, investors, experts and institutions, and seek to engineer serendipity through member curation, space design and customised connections.
Michelle shared that the design of the coworking space takes inspiration from a relaxed gentleman's club, but is filled with ‘quirky’ surprises intended to spark curiosity, creativity and conversations at every turn.
“We believe that in the right environment, collisions happen naturally. Entrepreneurs connect with talent in the library. Investors collaborate with founders at the bar. Corporate innovation teams engage with experts in the gallery. Experts uncover new project opportunities at events. Institutions tap into the buzz and energy of the ecosystem at the café,” she said.
According to Michelle, the location at High Street Centre was selected for this space due to the awe-inspiring panoramic views of Marina Bay Sands, the CBD, Boat Quay and Fort Canning Park, which connect the past and the present, and remind the team behind Collision 8 that they are here to shape the future.
“The best views have been given to the bar and lounge area where we hope people will congregate to exchange ideas, forge friendships and hopefully form business partnerships,” she said.
Completing the project was not an easy task. Michelle shared that their biggest obstacle was upgrading the old mechanical and electrical infrastructure of this 1970s property, as well as the restrictive renovation hours due to the commercial and residential units occupying the other floors. Thanks to its sister company, Aurum Land, the team at Collision 8 leveraged the strength of the project managers to complete the build ahead of schedule.
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