Common Ground Works Sdn Bhd (Common Ground) has formalised a collaborative agreement with IIB Ventures Sdn. Bhd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) to develop a RM2.5 million coworking space.
The collaboration will operate the first Common Ground in Johor; known as Common Ground IskandarSpace (CGIS) in Medini, Iskandar Puteri scheduled to open in January 2022.
Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are very excited to be working with IIB on the newest Common Ground space, our first in Johor. As MalaysiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest coworking community, it is always rewarding to be able to grow our network to new locations and members.Ã¢â‚¬Â says Juhn Teo, co-founder of Common Ground.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re looking forward to working with IIB, whose vision of innovation and development is one that aligns very closely with our own. Our driving mission for CGIS is to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship in Johor and the region, supporting local start-ups and SMEs.Ã¢â‚¬Â Teo added
Ã‚Â CGIS forms part of the Ã¢â‚¬ËœIskandar New Economic Experience & Talent (NEXT) platform through which IIB have paved the direction to position Iskandar Puteri as the pulse and centre of the digital economy and talent development.
This being aligned with the state governmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s agenda in making Johor Vision 2030 a reality. Medini Iskandar has been identified as the Johor Digital Hub as Medini is now ready with comprehensively built infrastructure as an Innovation Hub.
According to Datuk Khairil Anwar Ahmad, President and Chief Executive Officer of IIB, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are pleased to collaborate with Common Ground to help us develop, manage and curate CGIS, to further strengthen our aim in shaping the digital landscape of Iskandar Malaysia.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ahmad added Ã¢â‚¬Å“This initiative looks at creating the necessary infrastructure and conducive ecosystem for the growth of a Digital Economy and Talent Building. We hope CGIS would be an important enabler in achieving Johor Vision 2030 and the NationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœMyDigital BlueprintÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ aspirations, towards making Iskandar Malaysia a more vibrant and attractive investment destination.Ã¢â‚¬Â
This latest initiative marks a new milestone for Common Ground to work with IIB to develop and implement an IR4.0-based technology ecosystem in support of JohorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Vision 2030 and digital aspiration, as well as the NationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœMyDigital BlueprintÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
About Iskandar NEXT – Innovation Hub
Ã‚Â The Iskandar NEXT initiative is a public-private partnership programme with the Johor state government to support the StateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s digital economy agenda to accelerate growth towards becoming a Regional and Global Business Hub.
Ã‚Â One of the initiatives under Iskandar NEXT is the establishment of an Innovation Hub, a regional nerve centre for innovation and emerging technology, offering diversity of programmes that provide participating companies, Enterprises, SMEs & Start-ups a vibrant ecosystem for growth and advancement. In accomplishing the mission of Innovation Hub, IIB works closely with partners and stakeholders such as Common Ground to grow various ecosystems within the core structure identified. These partners work hand-in-hand to ensure each milestone are met through a set of solid initiatives drafted to bridge the community with the ecosystems stakeholders and partners for funding, grants, market access as well as regulatory requirements to accelerate the development of innovation from the R&D stage towards being commercially ready. At the same time, the initiative helps to develop talent and grow the right community with the target to nurture and grow 300 start-ups in Johor within the next 3 years.
Ã‚Â In a nutshell, iHub serves as the business concierge and gateway to the fast growing start-up and tech ecosystem in Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific to generate more innovations together. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s main focus is on global start-ups, corporations, investors, incubation and acceleration initiatives that want to venture into the SEA region. Engaging with iHub will help businesses and investors gain local trust and expand your network in and around Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific.
About Common Ground IskandarSpace
Common Ground IskandarSpace (CGIS) is located in the heart of Iskandar Puteri and strategically located for both locals and visitors, within an hourÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s drive from Singapore (via the Coastal Highway Southern Link) or Changi Airport as well as Senai International Airport which is about 25 minutes drive away.
CGIS is built in a Tier 2 MSC-certified office building on Medini 6, positioned amongst a varied mix of F&B outlets, retailers and amenities with surrounding landmarks such as Legoland, Mall of Medini, Sunway Big Box and Eco Botanic by EcoWorld.
The contemporary-styled coworking venue will span across two floors with 14,500 square feet of space. Approximately 290 seats will be available across a mix of hot desks, fixed desks and private offices which will be further facilitated with meeting rooms, call booths, event spaces and lounge settings.
Common Ground will be responsible for developing, managing and curating CGIS, bringing its award-winning design and incorporating its proven marketing strategy, having expanded successfully and rapidly across Malaysia and the ASEAN region.
Common Ground will also manage strategic business partnerships and build corporate connectivity for its members to bolster innovation and entrepreneurship in Johor.
Common Ground IskandarSpace will be open to technopreneurs and coworkers in January 2022.
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