Creating your own company will always be met with challenges, especially in its initial stages. One of the major speedbumps you are to face is a proper place where you and your staff can work. If you are based in Davao City, that might not be much of a problem considering the building costs are much cheaper compared to those in urbanized areas like Cebu or Makati. However, if you want to save more on these expenses and test the waters first before making a major investment, you can start off staying in a coworking space instead.
The idea of coworking spaces hasn’t really sunk in that much in the country, much less in Davao City. Regardless of that, there are a couple that you can find within the city. Here they are.
2nd Floor DCCCII Building, JP Laurel Avenue, Bajada, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur
The Cube is a newly established coworking space located at the Davao Chamber of Commerce Corporate Center building, the headquarters of the most influential body in the commerce industry in Davao City. The Cube is under the management of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a sub unit of the DCCCII that is head by Raf Vlummens.
As for the space itself, it sports new furnitures, complete basic amenities like internet, electricity, running water and air conditioning as well as 24/7 reception. It has 33 individual offices that can accommodate up to 16 people each. It accepts whole company contracts as well as daily rates for those entrepreneurs who want to test the waters first.
Palma Gil St, Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur
The Knights of Online Marketers Lounge or simply KOM Lounge is another coworking space that you can find in Davao. It offers the necessary amenities you need to start your company here and gives off the desired atmosphere that you need to improve your work. One of the main perks of this coworking space is that it has very affordable daily walk-in rates, making it a favorite for those who need a quick retreat to an office-like atmosphere without the restrictions that a traditional office gives.
Door 1 2/F Aala Building, Juna Ave, Talomo District, Davao City, Davao del Sur
Another good choice for a coworking space is this one. In DreamWork, you have the option to rent your own private office or just your own workspace. Depending on the plans you choose, you will be able to avail some, if not all, of the company perks like meeting room usage, workshops and events, and usage of other office amenities like printers, scanners and fax machines. However, free, high speed internet, water, coffee and tea are guaranteed perks regardless of whether you’ve picked the daily plans or the monthly subscriptions.
Disenyo + Arkitektura Bldg., Jacinto Ext., Davao City
The V on this one is used as “U” so that it comes out as “mugna” which means “to create” in the Visayan dialect. MVGNA is founded via the collaboration of local writers, photographers, and artists from Davao, spearheaded by Mark Salvatus, an artist, and Mayumi Hirano, a curator.
The main purpose of this coworking space is to provide entrepreneurs in the art industry a place where they can work with other artists and nurture collaboration between them. Salvatus greatly emphasized why artists need a “third place” and MVGNA will be able to provide them with that. “It is not a gallery or a museum space where you see artworks, but more on process space, a lab, a workshop, incubating and initiating projects, tambayan (a hangout) and anything goes – where you can see the artist themselves – working.” he added.
With the increasing number of people that are understanding the concept of having coworking spaces, the number of these establishments will surely grow, giving you more options to choose from. So from the list, do you have a coworking space that you like? Or do you have another coworking space to add?