60 second start-up: Spaces

0-5 seconds: Sum your business up in a sentence:

Spaces is a creative working environment with a unique entrepreneurial spirit for startups to established businesses.

5-10 seconds: What's the business model?

We offer office spaces, meeting rooms and membership at top city locations in a creative environment with a dynamic community. Spaces is designed to suit the needs of the modern company today, and offers dynamic working areas to help you think, create and collaborate.

Unlike other businesses in this sector, Spaces offers a culture that goes beyond business logistics to building a community of interesting people doing exciting things. We support our members to build their networks and connect with like-minded people.  

10-15 seconds: Who are your competitors?

Our main competitors are in the real estate industry, but we believe that our offer is unique. We’re hugely excited about bringing such a different idea to London. Spaces is different – both in terms of aesthetics and also our focus on encouraging a welcoming and hospitable environment which is facilitated by our lovely staff at Spaces.

15-20 seconds: What's your USP?

That would have to be our unique entrepreneurial spirit. Our community of creative, passionate people really speaks for itself.  Unlike other businesses in this sector, Spaces offers a culture that goes beyond business logistics to building a community of interesting people doing exciting things. We support our members to build their networks and connect with like-minded people.  

20-25 seconds: How have you funded it so far?

Through investors who really believe in the concept of Spaces.

25-30 seconds: What were you doing before?

Before Spaces I started my own procurement company for real estate services but Spaces is my real passion!

30-35 seconds: Where did the idea come from?

Spaces was born out of a need. There was a moment we realised that work could be better and work could be more fun. It should be. People are far more productive and more successful in an enjoyable, social and inspiring work environment. So why not create such a  environment?

35-40 seconds: What's the smartest thing you've done so far?

Starting Spaces and getting it done! There are already four Spaces set up and running in Amsterdam and we’re opening Spaces New York, Melbourne and Rotterdam in the next six months. It’s a really exciting time for us.

40-45 seconds: What's the stupidest?

Nothing that’s fit for print!

45-50 seconds: If your business was a biscuit, what would it be?

Probably a Stroopwafel as it’s Dutch and it sticks to you, just as Spaces does. The in-house cafe at Spaces Oxford Street does some pretty amazing biscuits too.

50-55 seconds: Which idea are you a bit jealous of?

Probably Airbnb, we would like to do the same for offices. Although we’re very proud of what we’ve done here so jealousy isn’t playing a big part of it.

55-60 seconds: Where are you going to be in 12 months' time?

We are going to be in a lot of countries throughout the world! Spaces London marks the first opening in an exciting new phase of global expansion for us. Spaces New York, Melbourne and Rotterdam are all set to open in the next six months meaning that our unique, life-style driven community will be able to connect and collaborate on an international level.

 

 

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