Australian prop-tech startup Spacenow has caught the attention of tech giant Canva, who now uses the booking platform to find space.
The news follows a strong year of growth for the online marketplace, which has on-boarded more than 2000 listings to more than 25 categories of spaces, including office and coworking spaces to creative studios, warehouses, and event spaces.
Spacenow co-founder Daniel Gunning said he is excited to welcome the billion-dollar design company.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Canva, a leading Australian technology business, and helping them find and book space for their various needs,” he said.
Canva brand designer Cat van der Werff said Spacenow found a beautiful space for Canva’s latest photoshoot at the coworking office Kafnu in Alexandria, Sydney.
“It’s a great partnership between Canva and Spacenow. Whenever we need a space, we just jump online and book it,” said van der Werff.
Gunning said Spacenow finds suitable spaces for offsite meetings, photoshoots and marketing videos for businesses of all sizes.
“Spacenow provides a simple and effective solution to businesses wanting to find short-term spaces, without the cost and time associated with traditional property agencies,” he said.
“At some stage, a business will need to grow or consolidate its offices based on economic or technological reasons, but it’s a rigid process based on current availabilities. We’re changing the way
commercial real estate agents do business through the Spacenow platform.”
What is the story behind Spacenow?
Coworking spaces and short-term lease agreements were
originally occupied by early stage startups seeking a creative hub or a small growing
business. However, the flexible model and market demand has
contributed to the explosion of co-working sites in Australia from 78 sites in 2013 to more than 400 sites in 2018.
Launched in late 2016, the Spacenow team has grown from 4 to
12 members. Spacenow continues to rapidly scale and build business in Australia
and the Asia Pacific region. The platform expects to reach
5,000 listings by the end of the year.
Spacenow has now on-boarded more than 2000 listings to more than 25 categories of spaces, including office and coworking spaces to creative studios, warehouses, and event spaces.
The vision for Spacenow goes well beyond renting out office and commercial spaces.
“Ultimately, we believe Spacenow will help build a more sustainable world for us all to work in by ensuring that we’re making the most of the space available to us,” Gunning said.
“This is the beginning of a new era of working.”