The space features a facial recognition system, writeable walls, and 5-metre high windows.
Located at Golden-Agri Plaza along Pasir Panjang Road, ENGIE Factory Asia-Pacific's regional headquarters offers a working space for startups, entrepreneurs and like-minded people to work on ground-breaking ideas and products with the support of experts and executives at ENGIE.
ENGIE Factory Asia-Pacific is ENGIE’s strategic venture arm committed to working with startups to develop an increasingly decarbonized, decentralized, digitalized world. The 3,500 sqft space joined several of ENGIE’s operational business units, including ENGIE Services, ENGIE property services, ENGIE Lab and ENGIE Axima.
“It’s a workplace that centres around people and technology,” ENGIE Factory Asia-Pacific’s managing director Quentin Vaquette told Singapore Business Review. “When walking up the glass door, a facial recognition system welcomes you in the blink of an eye. Once inside, you will enter into our social area, where everyone makes their own barista coffee at our espresso machine, listens to music, eats our fresh fruit and sits to think for a while in one of our sofa corners. Our 5 metre high windows provide a healthy amount of light in, against a backdrop of greenery outside and coloured walls inside.
Beyond the social area, the space features long tables that allow teams to form and change every day depending on their needs. Mobile whiteboards, fixed whiteboards and writeable walls also make it possible to discuss ideas easily, whilst TVs and video-conferencing capabilities in the offices meeting rooms enable teams to work remotely.
“And all the plants help us forget we are working in an inside space,” Vanquette added. “We worked with a great team of designers to help us execute our vision and at the core of our vision are people. The space is designed to bring together everyone in a way that fosters discussion, exchange around the whiteboard and introductions around a coffee machine. Our own Factory team thought about detail carefully to ensure that it helps achieve our objectives. I personally believe that you can’t outsource that.”
ENGIE Factory Asia-Pacific’s activities span across the region, giving startups the opportunity to collaborate with ENGIE teams in Southeast Asia and Australia.
“With our BUILD-SCALE-INVEST approach, we’re looking at helping great startups and founders across Asia-Pacific make a meaningful impact and together, solve real issues that matter in the energy and smart city ecosystem. To date, over 80 startups have applied to our recent call for startups, and have expressed interest to collaborate with ENGIE Factory,” Vaquette said in a statement.
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