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Coworking space provider ABL Workspaces raises Rs 15 crore in Series A funding round

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  • Coworking space provider ABL Workspaces raises Rs 15 crore in Series A funding round
    30 Nov. 2021
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Welcome to Coworking space provider ABL Workspaces raises Rs 15 crore in Series A funding round

Co-working and flexible working space provider ABL Workspaces has raised Rs 15 crore from Canada based Ethik Inc in Series A funding round, a senior executive said.

“We are delighted to announce Ethik Inc Capital as our funding partners. I believe the funding will help us to transform the perspective, the way occupiers look at office space in the future,” said Akshita Gupta, ABL Workspaces, Co-founder and CEO.

The company plans to expand from 2470 to 15000 seats by the year 2023.
“We look forward to expanding our seating capacities to accommodate more businesses. The fresh capital will enable us to strengthen our team and technology more efficiently. Our commitment to providing premium services to our clients helps us in sustaining their trust in our model and company,” said Gupta.

The fresh capital is raised with the intention to expand its seating capacities and centers across the capital region. It also intends to develop the team and technology for significant functioning.

Founded in December 2017, currently ABL Workspaces is live with 9 centers in Delhi NCR. In the past 6 months, ABL Workspaces has registered a surge in clientele by 20 to 25% month-on-month. At present, the co-working startup carters to several leading brands including Ariston Thermo (Racold), Kotak Bank, Netambit, Clovia, Simba beer among others.

“We believe that co-working is a game-changer for entrepreneurial community. The segment is promising and has attracted the attention of potential investors. ABL Workspaces offers cost-effective, premium, tech-enabled co-working spaces. We are glad to partner with the company and help them become one of the leading players in the region,” said Deepak Goel, Founder at Ethik Inc.

ABL Workspaces, had raised Rs 5 crore, as part of its Pre-Series A round from Wurk, a Canadian Investment Firm earlier this year.

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Akshita Gupta, CEO, ABL Workspace, “The coworking segment has grown exponentially over the years and has had a major impact on the performance and utilisation of commercial real estate. I feel now is the time when we should keep into consideration this very aspect and ensure progressive policy reforms to boost the market’s growth. I would want to put forth a humble request to the Finance Ministry to recognizing the coworking space under schemes such as REIT, provide tax benefits and consider reducing the TDS deduction rates to upscale the segment. It would be great if govt can consider bringing coworking spaces into the 2% TDS bracket from the present 10% slab. This will not only boost the market’s growth but will further allow the coworking spaces seamlessly manage the cash flows since it is a service-based segment. I strongly feel that these reforms if introduced will play a major role in driving the growth of the real estate sector in the times to come. Talking from start-ups POV, it is usually entrepreneurs from the early and mid-start-ups that prefer coworking spaces. However, costings like registration charges and stamp duty at registrar offices are borne by the coworking offices and if government can reduce these charges, then it would directly benefit the end-users as they will have to spend less for the services. I am also of the view that if the requisite financial assistance can be provided to the start-ups, then it will indirectly help in driving the growth of the coworking spaces as well.”