The Shenzhen REPA Conference: Innovative Working Spaces

On May 6th, ChinaSF’s South China Representative, Hannah Sieber, spoke at an event hosted by the Real Estate Professionals Association (REPA) in Shenzhen, China, focused on how technology is changing the real-estate landscape. Her topic, “The role of co-working, incubators and accelerators on San Francisco’s high-tech industry,” was well received by an audience of over 200 real estate and professional service professionals. 


Witnessing the extraordinary growth of co-working spaces, incubators, and accelerators in San Francisco, Hannah Sieber said, “Entrepreneurs are not only attempting to learn how to expand, connect, and cooperate with other professionals within their respective field, but also recognize the importance of forging investor relationships. Incubators, accelerators, and shared space serve as ideal platforms to make these key relationships happen.”

The growing trend of co-working spaces, incubators and accelerators is also catching on in China. These are essentially startup breeding hubs designed to accelerate the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services. Top Chinese real estate firms are eager to learn from co-working models in San Francisco how to replicate companies like WeWork, HAX, and RocketSpace for their market on the other side of the pacific.  


Primarily focused on the global TMT (technology, media, and telecom) industry and its effort to improving the office-space, the event also featured speakers from KPMG and Cushman Wakefield. Andrew Ness from Cushman Wakefield spoke about how the TMT industry will continue to build high-tech office spaces as it seeks to lead the global conversation in creating innovative working spaces. Commenting on the growing interest of TMT companies to develop the co-working model in China, he said, “Companies in the industry are looking to develop innovative working spaces not only in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, but also to expand out to second tier cities like Tianjin and Shenzhen.”

REPA’s Chinese Secretary General, Mr. Liu also spoke at the forum, recognizing REPA for its great effort and contribution towards the real estate industry in the last decade.  


ChinaSF is excited to partner with REPA through our ChinaSF Builds initiative, aimed at increasing cross-border real estate development.

About REPA

REPA (Real Estate Professionals Association) was founded in 2000 as a professional group to support development in real estate development and management. It serves as a platform for Chinese real estate professionals to facilitate development and exchange of information across cultures through educational, training and consulting services in an effort to advance the level of knowledge and expertise of real estate operations and management in China to global standards.


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