If there’s one thing that kills dreams for upcoming entrepreneurs, it is operational costs like offices to operate from. This need is what has given rise to co-working spaces whose model of operation slashes rent costs to very affordable amounts. These co-working spaces also have flexible terms, so that entrepreneurs can pay for offices for only the duration of time that they need it.
We have seen a lot of them in Nairobi and one in Mombasa and now, Eldoret town has one courtesy of Kikao64. A new stylish co-working space with state-of-the-art amenities like well kitted meeting rooms and spacious and fully serviced work-stations. The hub also has 3 private offices equipped with whiteboards and TV screens.
Inspired by the Swahili word ‘kikao’ (a place of coming together), Kikao64 was conceived as a modern gathering place where people can work, connect and thrive, in a space designed to provide a fully serviced, flexible and conducive environment to increase business opportunities and provide access and exposure needed for success, especially for young people in Eldoret facing barriers, while also supporting non-profit organisations, athletes and startups in need.
Kikao64 offers members either daily, weekly, or monthly passes through an online booking system. What does Kikao64 have to offer?
Kikao64 is supported by a dedicated on-site team of customer service professionals. In addition to being connected to one of the fastest and most reliable Wi-Fi and internet connections in Kenya, Kikao64 also offers auxiliary services such as printing and other key consulting services on company registration, legal, tax and audit matters and web design and social marketing.
Comfortable furnishings, an in-house café and set in a spacious garden, ensure that Kikao64 is a productive, friendly and efficient all-in-one place to get things done.
Responsive to Eldoret’s needs
Kikao64 is a comprehensive response to Eldoret’s new high-tech community of entrepreneurs, start-ups, nonprofits, freelancers and creatives with a growing demand for flexible modern office spaces in their home town – Eldoret.
Housed in a sensitively restored heritage building, Kikao64 not only conserves the charm of the original architecture but is also designed and refurbished to the highest environmental standards.
For instance, the desks were built from reclaimed timber, the office spaces partitioned using recycled milk cartons, phone booths sound proofed using felt from old clothing and blanket lines, while the windows and door grills were made locally from wrought iron.
Additionally, the space runs completely on solar power to light the rooms and charge laptops while rainwater is harvested, filtered and used for general cleaning and sanitation, and garden irrigation. Meanwhile the staff vegetable garden is kept healthy and green with natural compost.
A culture of collaboration and community
Kikao64’s mission is to cultivate opportunities each new day for its community of individuals, businesses, startups and nonprofits to work, connect and thrive.
Members will have access to regular networking sessions, training workshops and special events ranging from guest speakers to art exhibitions to film screenings.
Kikao64’s ultimate strength lies in the quality of the people who work and gather there. With a diverse staff and vibrant, varied member community, Kikao64 is an example of the magic that happens when motivated people connect and are supported to pursue their dreams.