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New housing concept lets techpreneurs live cheaply and dream of digital glory

For Mark Zuckerberg wannabes looking for their billion dollar idea, the premise of a hacker hostel is simple: A cheap place to stay, where you can meet like-minded people, discuss ideas and hopefully hit jackpot together in a new start-up.
The New Paper - November 25, 2013
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New housing concept lets techpreneurs live cheaply and dream of digital glory

For Mark Zuckerberg wannabes looking for their billion dollar idea, the premise of a hacker hostel is simple: A cheap place to stay, where you can meet like-minded people, discuss ideas and hopefully hit jackpot together in a new start-up.

The concept first sprung up in Singapore, where young entrepreneurs were initially looking for cheap accommodation while trying to make it big in Silicon Valley.

Inspired by the idea, Singaporeans decided to recreate the concept here. Mr Wayne Soh, 26, started The Enclave (above) with Mr Alan Chua and Mr Mike Zhan.

The premises, which were converted from a shophouse on Clementi Road – near Block 71 in Ayer Rajah industrial estate – boasts a lively start-up community. As it is a hostel, the accommodation features bunk beds but it is fully air-conditioned with a kitchen stocked with appliances, a washing machine, and of course, wireless Internet access.

The management actively fosters ideas sharing through activities like pot luck dinners.

And it's paid off for several young entrepreneurs. One of them is Miss Natalie Ip. She spent two months at The Enclave, and got ideas for her app. She will be delivering Dilivrit - which is a mobile platform providing on demand, hassle-free delivery services early next year.

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