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1880 members’ club to expand across Southeast Asia

Lion City’s swanky members’ club eyes Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta for further expansion.

Singapore members’ club 1880 is set to expand across the region thanks to a recent SG$3 million (US$2.18 million) investment from real estate developers RB Capital.

Along with a funding boost, former US ambassador, Kirk Wagar, was named chairman of the board, effective immediately. With decades of experience working at the intersection of public policy and business in Asia Pacific, Wagar is set to play a pivotal role in steering 1880’s regional growth.

Targeting cities such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, 1880 founder Marc Nicholson highlights the growth potential in Asia, says: “While big international challenges take centre stage in many of our news feeds today, alongside increasingly inward nationalistic tendencies, growth in Asia continues.

“Our goal when we opened 1880 was to build a platform for people with open, entrepreneurial minds to come together and spark new connections, ideas and ventures that will ensure this growth is sustainable and drive positive economic and social impact in today’s global landscape of disruption.”

In its first year of operation, 1880 has hosted regular panel sessions, member discussions and TED-style talks, and will soon host member excursions to visit the Dalai Lama and host an innovation workshop in North Korea.

In the latest issue of Biz Events Asia, we speak to Nicholson about 1880’s innovative events programme and how event planners can utilise members’ clubs for corporate events.