Metta means taking active interest in people. First members only Metta space opened last year in May in Hong Kong . The Kenya one is the second in a series of planned club houses across the globe.
To become a member, you have to be an entrepreneur, or someone who is actively involved in, and adds value to, the entrepreneurship scene ; investors, funders, government bodies, corporates, media or mentors.
There are four types of membership; Individual Membership, Business Membership, Curator Membership and Corporate Membership. Membership is by invitation only. New members gain access through the referral of an existing member. One may also express their interest for membership to the Metta team.
Beyond the value available through the networks created out of the membership, content includes live events; close to 30 a month, ranging from 2-5 people closed door sessions to a bigger What’sNext type of things, bootcamps, masterclasses, and fun based stuff like cocktails. Members can see what’s valuable, relevant, what they can use for networking.
(After What’s Next Fashion, Metta settled on a Fashion Product Lab as way of engaging the community beyond the event. Seen on the right are participants during a session at Metta.)
3. Club House
The physical space that the global entrepreneurial community can call home. As a member, you can access the space or the community anywhere globally where there is a Metta presence. You can tailor it to meet your needs, which can be as varied as the members; someone you can grab two or three meetings while you are in Nairobi, a place to grab a drink on a Friday evening or somewhere you can seek help with your digital strategy, legal aspects of their business, or understanding terms sheets.A whole bouquet of things that cater for entrepreneurs at different stages and broken down to sectors( could also have sector agnostic), and membership type; all meant to bring the entire ecosystem together.
Metta features a tastefully furnished bar promising all round fresh gourmet coffee and your favourite tipple. The dimly and tastefully lit and furnished space and leather sofas create a good ambience for that whisky double as you ruminate on your week on a Friday evening. It will be under the stewardship of Ki.chen, who have partnered with Metta to create a culinary experience that reflects both their communities and ethos.
Not Just Targeted At Tech Entrepreneurs
- the tech ecosystem, and
- not just the tech ecosystem, and not just in Kenya. For instance, if corporates want to see what is out there in terms of cutting edge technologies, Metta is able to facilitate trips wherever they want to take their senior management for inspiration or insight or even to also share what is happening here.