Awfis looks for more space with Rs 128 crore from Sequoia | The Economic Times

26 April 2017

Awfis looks for more space with Rs 128 crore from Sequoia | The Economic Times

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Mumbai-based collaborative co-working space rental company, Awfis Space Solutions has raised $20 million (about Rs 128 crore) from Sequoia India and plans to use the funds to expand its network of centres, launch new products and services, and enhance its technology platform.

With this infusion, as part of a Series-B round, the total capital raised by the firm stands at $31 million (about Rs 200 crore).

Awfis counts Radha Kapoor, entrepreneur daughter of YES Bank CEO Rana Kapoor, as one of its earlier investors. In 2015, it raised $11 million (Rs 72 crore) from founder Amit Ramani and The Three Sisters: Institutional Office, the family office led by the daughters of the YES Bank chief. “With this capital raise, we should be able to increase our seat capacity to over 25,000 in 12 months along with 80 centres,“ Awfis CEO Amit Ramani told ET.

Awfis currently operates 21 centres across eight cities with a seat capacity of more than 7,500 and hosts a community of more than 5,000 people from over 500 companies including small and medium enterprises, startups, and corporates opting for shared, ready-to-use work spaces.

The company is targeting an expansion to 35,000 seats and about 100 centres over the next 18-24 months. Investors believe that the concept of shared eco nomy in real estate is a problem that must be solved to ensure unit economics for a business remains paramount.“Awfis is playing on two significant global trends -sha ring economy and communities. This being delivered through a superior user experience at a lower total cost makes it more exciting,“ said Abhay Pandey, managing director at Sequoia Capital India Advisors.

Apart from its own proprietary centres, Awfis has a unique, asset light “managed aggrega tion“ model, partnering as it does with space owners who have unused commercial space and trans forming them into suitable places to work.The two-yearold company also garners revenue by listing and booking third-party spaces. It claims that all centres, which are operational for more than 90 days, are functioning at 90% occupancy.

“We are doubling our seat capacity every six months and will reach 15,000 seats in the next 4-5 months,“ said Ramani.

According to the company, every centre can reach break even with a 45% occupancy level, which has led 19 of its existing 21 centres to profitability.
(This Awfis coverage appeared on The Economic Times on April 26, 2017. You can access the full story here: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/58372382.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst)

Awfis leases 85,000 sq ft space in Noida, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

10 May 2022

Awfis leases 85,000 sq ft space in Noida, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

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Currently Awfis has 11 co-working centres in the Delhi-NCR region and the company plans to open 10-15 more centres in the market by the end of 2022.

Awfis, a flexible workspace provider, has leades 85,000 sq ft space in River Side Tower, sector- 125, Noida. The centre will have over 1500 seats and is expected to go live by end of March 2022, the company said in a media release.

Currently Awfis has 11 co-working centres in the Delhi-NCR region and the company plans to open 10-15 more centres in the market by the end of 2022.

Amit Ramani, CEO & Co-Founder of the company said, “We are delighted to partner with River Side Tower to open this new ’workspace in Noida.The sharp recovery and the growing demand for flex workspaces from this region inspired us to continue to create garde-A flex workspaces, so as to facilitate businesses of all size in the market. We are confident that this trend will continue to grow and even the most traditional companies will see merit in setting up hub and spoke offices to help people work in close proximity to their homes allowing them to spend lesser time in commuting.”

The company claims to have launched over 50 centres with 30,000 seats and entered three new markets in the past 15 months.

Awfis plans to open 200 centres across the country by the end of 2022. It currently has 121 centres with 70,000 seats across 14 cities.

This story appeared in the 9 February, 2022 issue of MSRealty and was originally published  at: Awfis leases 85,000 sq ft space in Noida – ET Realty

 

Awfis added 1,500 seats in Noida, leases 85,000 sq ft.

10 May 2022

Awfis added 1,500 seats in Noida, leases 85,000 sq ft.

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Home-grown flex workspace provider has added over 1,500 seats at a coworking centre in River Side Tower, sector 125, Noida. The new centre, which will go live by end of March 2022, is part of Awfis’ vision of opening 200 centres across the country by the end of 2022.

The centre is spread in 85,000 sq ft area. The flex space adopts a digital-first approach and is equipped with plush and modern amenities whilst maintaining social distancing norms, as mandated.

“We are delighted to partner with River Side Tower to open this new workspace in Noida, which is rapidly emerging as one of India’s leading business hubs for large-scale companies and startups alike,” said Amit Ramani, CEO & Founder.

“In fact, the sharp recovery and the growing demand for flex workspaces from this region inspired us to continue to create grade-A flex workspaces, so as to facilitate businesses of all sizes in the market. We are confident that this trend will continue to grow and even the most traditional companies will see merit in setting up hub & spoke offices to help people work in close proximity to their homes allowing them to spend lesser time in commuting,” he added.

Currently, Awfis has 11 coworking centres in the Delhi-NCR region and the company plans to open 10-15 more centres in the market the by end of 2022.

At the back of strong demand for flex workspaces, Awfis launched 50+ centres with 30,000 seats and entered 3 new markets in the past 15 months. The company currently has 121 centres with 70,000 seats across 14 cities and will continue to strengthen its foothold across India to establish a network of 200 centres in 2022.

Firms in co-working space expanding to tier 1 & 2 cities

10 May 2022

Firms in co-working space expanding to tier 1 & 2 cities

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Co-working operators are expandinginto tier-1 and tier-2 cities, driven by the adoption of the hub-and-spoke model by organisations, reverse migration of employees to their hometowns, affordable office rental costs, a growing startup ecosystem and the availability of talent, said industry executives. Large companies are now asking for multi-city space from co-working companies. “We have closed multi-city deals with our existing large enterprise clients in IT/ITeS, BFSI (banking, financial services and insurance), especially in markets like Pune, Noida, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru,” said Harsh Binani, Co-Founder, Smartworks.

In the past six months, demand for tech-enabled managed workspaces has grown threefold, according to industry experts. “With Covid-19 subsiding, we have been observing a substantial increase in the number of queries for our office as an outsourced service. Corporates are determined to lease and divest their office spaces to avoid unwanted longterm commitments and capital expenditures, “said Ankit Jain, Director, Skootr. The company plans rapid expansion in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune and Noida in 2022 to cater to the growing demand for offices.

Corporate occupiers are looking for portfolio re-optimisation and focusing on the concept of managed office spaces. “We have sold 6x more seats in the last three months than what we used to sell pre-Covid, with a huge chunk under our demand-led supply model for mid-to-large-sized corporates across tier-1 and 2 cities. We are working towards further expanding our base pan-India with 200 centres by the end of 2022,” said Amit Ramani, Founder & CEO, Awfis.

Half of a large co-working operator’s demand now comes from large occupiers who want satellite offices under the hub-and-spoke model. “For all practical reasons, co-working spaces are the most preferred option for companies to satisfy this demand,” said Nikhil Madan, co-founder, The Office Pass.

According to international property consultant Savills India, about 23% of the leasing in the first two months was for flex and serviced offices. “The first two months of the year have been where we are seeing a shift toward flexible and serviced office solutions. Also, tech demand is likely to pick up with a very strong return to office sentiment,” said Shweta Sawhney, Managing Director, Delhi-NCR, Savills India.

This story appeared in the 23 March, 2022 issue of BrickAcres and was originally published  at : Firms in co-working space expanding to tier 1 & 2 cities- The Economic Times