With 4,000 Members in 2.5 Years, Innov8 Is Shaking Up The Coworking Space

“Building a high-class product at a value-conscious price with world-class service is our key strength. Going forward, the focus is scaling the model and integrating more verticals under shared economy space,” emphasises Malik.

Innov8: Growing At An Enviable Speed With Simplicity At Its Heart

Innov8: Growing At An Enviable Speed

The startup’s deep engagement with its members is evident from the fact that Innov8 has organised more than 500 member-centred events in its short journey. The aim of these initiatives is to enable the members to get know the Innov8 family and build connections. This approach has led to the phenomenal rise in the number of members at the startup.

While opening new offices, Innov8 invokes a tradition Indians identify with — the breaking of a coconut. So, on a hot summer afternoon when the recent Innov8 centre at Gurugram’s Cyber Hub was inaugurated, it was a simple, no-frills affair with the founders being accompanied by a few employees and a small coconut-breaking ceremony.

The company does the same while onboarding and welcoming its customers. It’s a simple gesture of warmth from Innov8 to instil a sense of belongingness in its customers and mark the start of a new relationship.

In keeping with its spiralling growth, Innov8 decided to strengthen its senior leadership further by hiring a chief operating officer — Gaurav Gulati — earlier this year. Gulati has been a long-time real estate specialist, who has an experience across retail, distribution, tech, real estate and consulting.

“Innov8’s mission is to create workspaces and environments wherein individuals and companies alike can find, seize, and expand amazing opportunities for success. And I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Innov8 team,” says Gulati, a veteran real estate specialist.

Stepping Up The Game At Innov8

For the growth and success of a  young company, it is critical — and very difficult — to break through the strong wall of established players. And with international players like WeWork entering the market, it further reiterates the increasing demand for coworking in India.

With eyes set on this demand, and a need to carve its own niche, the group of homegrown professionals at Innov8 is working hard to transform how India works and functions.

The coworking segment in India is expected to receive $400 Mn in investments by 2018 end, according to a study by JLL. It is anticipated that by 2020, the coworking space will overtake the traditional serviced office. The market, which had a just a few players three years ago, has witnessed the launch of several new companies.

Companies today are opting for coworking because of the flexible plans, design, facilities, and prime locations coworking spaces offer. Startups, especially, are opting for coworking spaces both in India and across the world. There is also rising interest from corporates and other companies in coworking.

So, despite competition, Innov8 still has the opportunity to tap into a massive demand for coworking that is only set to increase in future.

“Building a high-class product at a value-conscious price with world-class service is our key strength. Going forward, the focus is scaling the model and integrating more verticals under shared economy space,” says Malik.

Ankush Grover, VP operations, Innov8, says that the startup is taking heavily funded companies head-on without compromising on real estate, operations, and quality. “Frugality is in the startup’s leadership style and DNA,” says Grover.

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With the ambitious plan of acquiring 15,000 members in the next year alone, the company believes it has the soul of an underdog that will do anything to establish itself as a leading player in the coworking industry. And with the backing of US-based seed accelerator Y-Combinator and marquee investors Kunal Shah, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, LetsVenture, and more, it appears that Innov8 is all set to get ahead in the game.

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