A shop located in the old hutongs, or narrow alleys, of Beijing serves as a one-stop center for aspiring entrepreneurs to find help navigating the new world of start-ups.
"It is a creative and unique place, with a co-working space where people can share ideas and receive all kinds of help as they pursue the path of entrepreneurship," Zhou Kang, who is in his mid-20s and dreams of starting his own business, told CNBC.
The center, which Zhou visits twice every fortnight, is a two-storey shop called Tech Temple. Spanning almost 2,000 square meters, it consists of an open office equipped with 280 work stations and services in legal consultancy, human resources, finances, investments and loan information, as well as an event space for up to 100 people, meeting rooms and a café – just about everything a start-up needs under one roof.
Founded in 2013, Tech Temple targets early-stage internet startups with cheap office space. A desk space can be rented at 1,600 yuan ($258) per month.
"In 2012, I saw that many start-ups were in need of more office space so I decided to start an entrepreneur eco-system, which acts as a one-stop center offering office space and all kinds of services for all entrepreneurs, be it internet-based or other fields, such as entertainment and fashion," Jerry Wang, head of Tech Temple, said.
Another main draw for Tech Temple customers like Zhou is the "salon activities," or informal seminars that "help entrepreneurs find partners, customers, investments and resources for rapid growth," according to Wang.