Chinese co-working space operator UrWork says it has completed a RMB1.2 billion (US$179 million) pre-C financing round from a group of Chinese investors, which will help fuel its expansion in China and beyond.
Chinese co-working start-up naked Hub, a private equity-backed unit under Chinese resort brand naked, has agreed to merge with Singapore-based peer JustCo. The merger aims to create the largest premium co-working operator in Asia to better compete against WeWork, the world’s biggest co-working company, boasting a US$20 billion valuation.
Chinese co-working space start-up UrWork has raised a new round of financing worth RMB400 million (US$58 million) from Tianhong Asset Management Co., Ltd., a fund management firm affiliated with Ant Financial, Chinese property developer Junfa Group and a number of other Chinese companies.
China Merchants Venture Capital Management Co., Ltd has led a new funding round in 36Kr.com, a Beijing-based technology media platform and start-up services provider.
Grant Horsfield, founder of Shanghai-based resort and co-working space operator naked Group, always sees things differently. When others saw dilapidated farm houses in China’s countryside, he envisioned seclusive luxury resorts. Now, a year after entering China’s co-working space, the South African entrepreneur is convinced that the future of his multi-pronged hospitality and property business lies in fast execution.
In a short span of 13 months, over US$300 million in venture funding has been raised to support co-working space projects in China, as over half a dozen start-ups are vying to cater to growing demand for more flexible and collaborative work environment.