Ray and Evelyn, together with their friend, Jason, co-founded Salmonist in June, 2015. Salmonist is a coworking community based in Chengdu, China, which is specifically designed for micro enterprises, startups, individual entrepreneurs, remote workers, and freelancers. The mission of Salmonist is to bring collaborative culture back to the society and to create a supportive community for passionate entrepreneurs and small businesses to pursue positive social impact.
Ray and Evelyn have created a professional and flexible shared office space, but more importantly, their goal is to nurture an open, cohesive and supportive community for entrepreneurs through coworking, co-learning, collaboration, sharing, and trust. As of now, 12 small enterprises with more than 50 entrepreneurs and freelancers have joined the Salmonist Community, including three Penn alumni.
Ray has a BA in Marketing from Peking University and an MS in Nonprofit Leadership fromthe University of Pennsylvania. Evelyn completed her BBA from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, MBA from University of Delaware, and MS in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
The NPL program has opened a new perspective for us to consider “competition vs. collaboration.” We learned the importance of nurturing collaborative “co-learning groups” among our team and our members at Salmonist Coworking Community — the social enterprise we founded after graduating from NPL.