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.
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.
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.
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 MONEY NETWORK HAS LEARNED THAT THIS DEAL HAS BEEN CANCELLED — THE STORY BELOW IS ONLY FOR RECORD KEEPING — 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 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.
Entrepreneurs, start-ups and companies are drawn to the flexible, vibrant and energizing atmosphere at naked Hub co-working space in Hong Kong, the newest and hippest shared work place in the metropolitan. “Hubbers”, what naked Hub calls its tenants, found the work environment that comes with bright yellow bean bags and unlimited free beer an ideal place for networking, business cooperation at affordable prices.
Asian co-working company naked Hub today today announced plans to acquire a 70% stake in Gravity, a premium co-working space in Australia for passionate entrepreneurs and professionals. The acquisition represents another important step forward for naked Hub, as the co-working operator continues to capitalize on the fast-growing co-working market and expand its presence globally.