Victor and Nacho Cambralla are two entrepreneurial brothers with a wide range of experience in the world of both industry and services. They also love their city and wanted to give something back to the place where they were born and bred. This was the birth of Wayco, which since 2013 has been a home from home for hundreds of free spirits; those mysterious creatures whose country is the world, and who can do business with just a laptop and a place to sit.
Wayco is more than a place to sit however, it’s a place to feel at home and to meet and interact with similar-minded people from other countries and other fields of interest. Victor, who studied at Artes y Oficios, had the idea, and Nacho, an ex-student of the Maritim Secondary School runs the business, aided and abetted by Alberto, with valued contributions from Raquel.
Located in a historic building in the medieval part of Valencia, Wayco is five floors of buzzing entrepreneurial ideas and a variety of spaces available for a variety of purposes and with total flexibility; you hire a space just for an hour for a meeting or ideas pitch, or for a whole year while your start up is setting off, as is the case of fifth floor inhabitants www.agendadeisa.com, a group of young people who have created a magazine for parents with children looking for ways to keep them busy.
Nacho, Victor and team are spacemen; their premises are full of areas for different activities; from a formal one to one chat to a full presentation with all the technology required.
And you never tire of the details; there’s always something new to discover, like the rocking chair in the toilet, which may have a very practical use but let’s not go into that, or the beflowerered bicycle on the rear terrace, where you can take your coffee.
The terrace is conveniently situated next to the bar, where friendly staff offer a good range of snacks and beverages.
If the weather is inclement (a rare thing in Valencia), you can always sit just inside with your tea and look out at the railway sleeper floorboards, the statuary or the bamboo, while seated at your coffee table with the long playing record design. It may not sound like much, but all these details contribute to an atmosphere that is hard to find in the cut throat world of modern business.
Wayco is a community, and its members, from all over the world, use its resources, but also contribute to the varied activities that take place there, like the English language sessions from Andrew Hewitt, the Spanish films with subtitles for foreigners wanting to brush up their Spanish language skills, or the weekly fruit and veg market brought into town by local farmers, from the field direct to the table, arranged by www.lacolmenaquedicesi.es
There are international breakfasts to start the day with a new friend in who knows what language, and all kinds of sessions and presentations, while the café, where you are likely to hear two or three languages at any given time, is also an exhibition area, which changes every month to give artists from all over the world (from Mexico at the time of our visit) a chance to reach a wider public.
Wayco is too dynamic a place to stand still for long, and so Nacho, Alberto and Raquel are preparing and putting into practice a series of initiatives in order to offer a wider range of services such as consultancy in legal and personnel issues and event organisation.
Wayco also collaborates with the initiative Remote Year, which brings groups of entrepreneurs several times a year to Valencia (the only city in Spain), and 12 other international locations.
Wayco can be found at Calle Gobernador Viejo 29.
ALL PHOTOS BY MARK SICON