AWFIS sets up centre in Hyderabad

15 March 2017

AWFIS sets up centre in Hyderabad

  • Telangana Today

Started in April 2015, AWFIS has grown to be a 4,500 seat company currently and expects to offer 6,000 seats by June 2017.

One of the largest co-working space AWFIS space solutions has made its foray into Hyderabad with its new centre in Taj Deccan hotel. The new centre can house about 200 workstations, one meeting room and two meeting lounges and is 18th such centre in the country by the company.

The company, that had raised about Rs 72 crore ($11 million) through internal funding, is now looking at raising about Rs 100 crore in the next three to six months so as to reach the target of having 30,000 seats by March 2018.

Started in April 2015, AWFIS has grown to be a 4,500 seat company currently and expects to offer 6,000 seats by June 2017. And this will happen through expansion to cities like Hyderabad, Pune and Chennai in the next one year or so.

Speaking about the centre in Hyderabad, Amit Ramani, Founder and CEO, AWFIS said, “This is our latest addition to the expansion plan in the south and we are delighted to have partnered with leading hospitality brand TAJ GVK. Our new centre sits in the lap of luxury in Hyderabad at Banjara Hills offering fully equipped, ready to use work spaces which can be booked just in time through the Awfis mobile app.”

In the next few months, AWFIS is planning to add four more centres in Hyderabad and have a seating capacity of 1,500-1,800 by mid-2017. The charges for flexi work stations start at Rs 350 per day, fixed seats at Rs 750 per day, private cabins starting at Rs 13,000 per month and meeting rooms at Rs 600 per hour.

“With the launch of the new Pro-working Centre at TAJ Deccan, AWFIS will set a new benchmark of converting underutilized spaces in premium properties for the benefit of the startup community looking for affordable yet premium addresses for setting up office,” said Sumit Lakhani, Marketing Head, AWFIS Space Solutions.

The new AWFIS centre comes fully equipped with hi-tech technological facilities like video projection, NFC cards, CCTV, high speed internet and laser printing. Members will receive advantages ranging from using the location as their official business address and to host events. The package includes fixed workstations & storage units, housekeeping support and a fully equipped pantry and cafeteria.

Pro-working spaces involves shared working environment, yet independent activity. Unlike the typical office environment, a co-working space is generally shared by individuals from different organisations and professions.

(This Awfis coverage was published by Telangana Today under the headline “Awfis sets up centre in Hyderabad” on March 10, 2017. You can read the full story here: )

Awfis to double footprint in Hyderabad

07 February 2022

Awfis to double footprint in Hyderabad

  • Posted by Arathy Nair

The company today has centres in places such as HITEC City, Kondapur, Financial District, Gachibowli, Begumpet, Ameerpet and Banjara Hills.

Amit Ramani, founder & CEO, Awfis told Telangana Today in an exclusive interview, “Hyderabad is a critical market for Awfis’ growth and substantial investments have gone into this direction. We plan to double our centres from the current 12. We expect an overall investment of about $7 million (over Rs 50 crore) towards new centres in the city.”

The company has just reached its 100-centre milestone nationally, by opening a new centre in Bengaluru. Further to this expansion, Awfis is now spread across 4 million sq ft pan-India with over 62,000 seats across 14 cities, making it the largest flex workspace provider in India.

“We are optimistic about the growth of the flex workspace industry this year and in line with that our aim is to double our capacity further in 2022 by launching our next 100 centres and entering new markets to establish a strong presence across 18 cities in India,” he added.

Each of the existing 100 centres have been set up to suit the requirements of large-scale enterprises, amidst the new normal. Awfis’ fully tech-enabled workspace solutions platform covers the entire spectrum of workspace needs, right from work-from-home to work-near-home and hybrid work requirements.

Awfis expanded its base from 5,800 desks across 20 centres in July 2017 to over 62,000 desks across 100 centres in 14 cities. In the past 15 months alone, the company has launched over 50 centres, with 30,000 seats amidst the growing demand for flex workspaces.

Ramani added, “Over the course of the pandemic, Awfis has grown from being a coworking player to an integrated end-to-end workspace solutions provider that is changing the way India works.”

This story appeared in the 20  January, 2022 issue of Telangana Today and was originally published  at : Awfis to double footprint in Hyderabad (

Distributed network to drive co-working space growth

23 February 2021

Distributed network to drive co-working space growth

  • Posted by Arathy Nair

Occupancy levels in co-working spaces across the country were hit in March and April, and from May onwards some recovery has begun with the occupancy improving from 15-20 per cent to about 50-70 per cent level depending on the city. Many of those who had to work from home and didn’t have required infrastructure have started looking at ‘working near home’.

Sharing the emerging trends in the last few months, Awfis founder & CEO Amit Ramani told Telangana Today, “We are clearly seeing a new trend where corporates are looking at a distributed network of co-working spaces in each city so that employees can operate from spaces within their vicinity, instead of making them commute to one major centralised commercial location.”

And another trend is that some level of re-densification is happening within the co-working spaces to ensure social distancing to meet the safety norms and expectations in the coming 3-6 months. Common areas, cafes and pantries will be avoided for some time to ensure safety. Since the occupancy levels are low in co-working spaces now, social distancing is not an immediate challenge now, but will become crucial when footfalls will increase.

However, in terms of occupancy, co-working space providers which were largely dependent on the startups and freelancers were impacted more after the pandemic outbreak, while those who largely catered to large enterprises saw stable activity.

Awfis outlook

Co-working space provider Awfis is reaching up to 80 per cent of its pre-covid sales levels, as those who were operating in conventional office spaces whose renewals were due have started moving to flex or co-working spaces.

Ramani said that technology will play a big role in these times. Awfis, for instance, has rolled out an app even before Covid that allows co-working space occupants to have a seamless experience for booking meeting rooms and access other areas.

And for those employees or independent professionals who were required to work from home, the company recently launched Awfis@Home, providing smart furniture, seamless connectivity and an integrated tech enablement platform on subscription and one-time payment mode.

When asked if a dip in the hospitality business which is impacted by lockdown is leading to new opportunities, Ramani said, “We have been creating spaces in hotels and retail mall spaces. We are seeing many deals in this segment with several large brands and Awfis is currently in the process of finalising deal structures. Hotels are keen to turn their banquets (2,000-10,000 sq ft space) into co-working spaces. This is a huge opportunity.”

This story appeared in the 12 September , 2020 issue of Telangana Today and was originally published  at : Distributed network to drive co-working space growth (

Awfis to double operations in Hyderabad

20 February 2021

Awfis to double operations in Hyderabad

  • Posted by Arathy Nair

Hyderabad: Co-working space company, Awfis Space Solutions, which operates eight centres in Hyderabad with a capacity of 5,000 seats, is planning for an expansion in the next six months.

Sharing the growth plans for Hyderabad market, Amit Ramani, founder & CEO, Awfis Space Solutions, told Telangana Today, “We have roughly 5,000 live seats and plan to double it to 10,000 seats in the next six months. Hyderabad is a key market for us and it will be among the top three cities for us as a co-working player, including Bengaluru and Pune.”

“Hyderabad is on our high priority list and we are keen to double the capacity here from eight centres to close to 16 centres by June-July 2020. We are currently in HITEC City and Gachibowli and plan to expand into Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, Begumpet, Ameerpet and Secunderabad. From a geographic point of view, we want to provide complete coverage across commercial micro-markets of Hyderabad. At present, the concentration is on the western market, but we are soon going to spread into other locations,” Ramani added.

Pan-India expansion

“Nationally, we have 35,000 seats that are live across 10 cities (including Hyderabad). We have recently entered into Chennai. There are around 15,000 seats that are underway, which will be ready by June. We are going to enter into Kochi, Indore and Ahmedabad. The goal is to be in 12-13 cities and have over 50,000 live seats by the middle of the year. We currently have 70 centres pan-India, and will be adding another 30 to take the total to 100 by then.”

Talking of the co-working demand in India, he said, small and medium businesses and enterprises dominate the co-working space occupancy at about 90 per cent. These users are going to dominate the segment and drive demand. Enterprises today look at converting capital investment into operational investment, flexibility with shorter lock-in period, better infrastructure and well-designed workspaces.

Also, Awfis is able to provide service quality and delivery experience that these companies are looking for, by providing the expected engagement and convenience. The company is increasingly bringing in customisation through its offerings.

Tech adoption

“We continue to focus on using technology and improving customer experience. Our workspace management helps companies with seamless access and digital management systems. There is a big role that technology will play in work space management in future, in the form of energy management tools and using grid power to keep the operational costs low. Data analytics will help in giving better learning and understanding about customers on what will work and what will not,” Ramani explained.

People are also looking at mobility as a big solution. Awfis is creating 100 centres soon pan-India, which will improve the operational convenience to customers for their nationwide operations. The company is looking to provide different formats for users providing varied price points, from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000 per seat, depending on the building, where co-working spaces are being created.

This article was originally published 5th February 2020, on at: Awfis to double operations in Hyderabad (