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Coworking Spaces Market Economic Perspective and Forecast to 2030 : Wework, Regus Corporation (IWG Plc), Mix Pace, Knotel, Inc., SimplyWork – Press Release  Digital Journal
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This UK-based startup lets you earn money by renting out your unused parking spaces; raises €5.4M

Finding a good parking spot in cities can be a tricky affair, irrespective of the country you are in. Besides, most car parks charge a premium for the same. However, did you know, in 2019, UK homeowners made £24M (approx. €26M) simply by renting out their driveways and empty spaces? 

The 2019 figure is almost double the numbers registered in 2018 and 2017; setting a new record. Back in 2018 and 2017, the figures were £15M (approx. €16) and £12M (approx. €13) respectively.

One such company that is providing space owners to earn some extra cash is YourParkingSpace. This UK-based on-demand parking platform has raised £5M (approx. €5.4M) in a fresh round of funding from Pelican Capital to support the next phase of its growth strategy.

Put your parking space to work

YourParkingSpace was founded by Charles Cridland and Harrison Woods in 2013. It is an online marketplace designed to make it simple to park your car. The platform offers hourly, daily, and monthly parking spaces for rent UK-wide. 

The company claims to have over 350,000 spaces across the UK from private individuals, as well as operators including Tesco, Morrisons, and Premier Inn.

The raised capital will help the growth of the company as well as create 40 new jobs over the next 12 months across the technology, marketing, and sales teams. This will double the company’s employee base, creating jobs both in London and in a new office in New York. 

The investment in sales and marketing will target both new commercial customers and the expansion of services with its current clients.

Here’s how it works:

  • Search: Find the space, whatever the requirement. Opt from quick daily trips to long-term monthly commutes.
  • Book: Choose from parking spaces available on an hourly/daily or monthly basis. Receive instant confirmation and parking instructions.
  • Park: Turn up and park following your provided instructions.

People who rent out their driveways on the site are seeing an average annual income of £2,100 (approx. €2,307) or £175 (approx. €192) per month.

The COVID-19 affect

The improvements in the platform’s technology will help drivers and owners adapt to shifts in behaviour caused by COVID-19. 

The company’s research shows that returning workers are increasingly opting to drive instead of taking public transport. Also, an increase in customers of 40% has been seen compared to February, before the lockdown was imposed by the government.

As large space owners are suffering from declining footfall due to the shift to online shopping and commerce, this trend is encouraging them to look for other ways to optimise their parking estates.

YourParkingSpace’s technology and data are already being used to inform operators of the optimum location and models for EV charging points, with future opportunities being explored within the last-mile delivery, dark kitchens, and micro-mobility spaces.

Harrison Woods, chief executive and co-founder of YourParkingSpace, says, “Alongside the funding, which will enable us to scale our on-demand and subscription parking marketplace, invest in our technology platform, and increase our ability to attract new commercial partners.”

Image Credit: YourParkingSpace

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Advertima: Swiss 3D computer vision startup that visually interprets human behaviour in physical spaces gets €15M funding

Advertima, a 3D computer vision platform provider founded in 2016, has secured €15 million Series A investment round led by existing shareholder Swiss real estate company, Fortimo Group. 

According to the company, this investment will enable the startup to further develop its platform on a global scale and strengthen its position as a critical player in the wider ecosystem of smart space environments.  

“We’ll be investing €25 million in the further development of our smart retail solutions over the next two years. €10 million of this investment will be financed by our revenues so this €15 million round is a crucial milestone to help us achieve our vision for how the world will look by 2030,” says Advertima Co-Founder and CEO Iman Nahvi. “We see a world where the physical and digital layers are merged to enhance our daily professional and private lives. Advertima’s Human Data Layer will be one of the irreplaceable components in this whole ecosystem of applications and technologies that will build the foundation of our future lives.”

Human Data Layer

Advertima has created the ‘Human Data Layer’, which visually interprets human behaviour in physical spaces, through computer vision, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI)

By providing a real-time and easily accessible data stream, the platform gives the ability for the smart spaces of the future to interact with people in a seamless and meaningful way.

Eyes on grocery retail amid COVID-19

Headquartered in St.Gallen, Switzerland, the first sector that Advertima has set its sights on is grocery retail. The company offers smart inventory management and autonomous checkout while also providing engaging and relevant content on smart digital screens throughout the in-store shopping journey of every customer. 

By making retail spaces smart, grocers maximise the efficiency of their stores, increase their revenues, and generate greater returns per square meter.

Advertima’s smart retail portfolio has been developed with Switzerland’s largest retailer, Migros, and the international grocer SPAR. The technology is already being used by 14 companies across eight different countries. 

“It is clear that the rapid digitalisation of our society is going to have an impact on consumer habits, especially in the retail sector,” says Fortimo Group Founder Remo Bienz. “Advertima is at the cutting-edge of technology in the retail space. As a long-standing shareholder, we know how visionary their technology is, but also how it has been successfully adopted by major, global organisations and already generated significant revenues. We’re excited to be part of Advertima’s journey.” 

“Since its founding in 2016, our Swiss start-up has had a global technology vision. This funding round brings our vision nearer to reality,” says Damir Bogdan, Advertima Seed Investor and President of the Board.

Main image credits: Advertima

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Swiss startup Advertima raises €15 million to make smart retail spaces a reality

Swiss startup Advertima, an emerging computer vision platform provider, today announces landing a €15 million Series A investment, in a round led by existing shareholder Fortimo Group (a Swiss real estate company). Advertima empowers grocers and other retailers to create smart spaces that offer consumer-centric, frictionless and relevant in-store shopping experiences. The fresh funds will be used to develop the platform on a global scale and strengthen the startup’s position in the smart spaces market.

Using computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence, Advertima (2016) has created the ‘Human Data Layer’, which visually interprets human behaviour in physical spaces. By providing a real-time and easily accessible data stream, Advertima enables the smart spaces of the future to interact with people in a seamless and meaningful way.

The first sector that Advertima has set its sights on is grocery retail. In a fast-changing retail world that is quickly adapting to the impact of COVID-19, Advertima’s technology helps fast-track the evolution of grocery retailers. Advertima offers smart inventory management and autonomous checkout while also providing engaging and relevant content on smart digital screens throughout the in-store shopping journey of every customer. By making retail spaces smart, grocers maximise the efficiency of their stores, increase their revenues and generate greater returns per square meter.

Advertima believes that in the near future, smart spaces will be ubiquitous and a part of the fabric of everyday life. Consumers are at the core of the evolution of smart spaces and will expect a living and working environment where interaction with technology is seamless and unnoticeable. 

Advertima’s smart retail portfolio has been developed with Switzerland’s largest retailer, Migros and the international grocer SPAR. The technology is already being used by 14 companies across eight different countries. 

“It is clear that the rapid digitalisation of our society is going to have an impact on consumer habits, especially in the retail sector,” says Fortimo Group Founder Remo Bienz. “Advertima is at the cutting-edge of technology in the retail space. As a long-standing shareholder, we know how visionary their technology is, but also how it has been successfully adopted by major, global organisations and already generated significant revenues. We’re excited to be part of Advertima’s journey.” 

“We’ll be investing €25 million in the further development of our smart retail solutions over the next two years. €10 million of this investment will be financed by our own revenues so this €15 million round is a crucial milestone to help us achieve our vision for how the world will look by 2030,” says Advertima’s co-founder and CEO Iman Nahvi. “We see a world where the physical and digital layers are merged to enhance our daily professional and private lives. Advertima’s Human Data Layer will be one of the irreplaceable components in this whole ecosystem of applications and technologies that will build the foundation of our future lives.”

“Since its founding in 2016, our Swiss start-up has had a global technology vision. This funding round brings our vision nearer to reality,” says Damir Bogdan, Advertima Seed Investor and President of the Board.

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You’re tired of working from home? Here are 100+ of Europe’s coolest co-working spaces

The lockdown is over and safety measures are softening pretty much everywhere across Europe. If you’ve had enough “work from home” glory but want to avoid the risk of signing up for a long-term office rent, a good solution (especially for freelancers and small startup teams) are coworking spaces.

Coworkings are already implementing ‘new normal’ safety measures, like more spaced-out desks, temperature checks, daily disinfection of common areas, and more. In addition, coworkings offer something that you just can’t get from working at home – making new spontaneous and incidental connections. We recently interviewed David Dattoli, CEO and founder of Talent Garden, a huge European network of 4500+ people in 28 locations over 8 countries, who told us that he believes coworkings will only continue to grow for this reason.

So without further ado, here are a selection of our top 10 coworking lists for many cool startup hubs across Europe.

Spain

The Spanish startup ecosystem is scaling-up steadily, with more and more succesful startups coming from hubs like Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga, offering entrepreneurs both a good quality of life and a number of support programmes.

Barcelona’s coolest coworking spaces to check out in 2020

The 5 coolest coworking spaces in Málaga

Overview of the best coworking spaces in Madrid

France

France is home to Europe’s largest coworking and startup hub, StationF, in Paris. In addition, there are many startup coworkings fueled by the country’s ambition to be the European entrepreneurial capital.

Overview: 10 of the best co-working spaces in Marseille

Overview of the 10 best coworking spaces in Lyon

The Netherlands

Known for its open culture, driven work ethic and the fastest broadband speed in Europe, the Netherlands is a haven for startups.

Overview of the 10 best co-working spaces in Amsterdam

The 10 coolest coworking spaces in Rotterdam

Germany

Berlin is well-known as a forward-thinking tech hub, with coworkings situated in repurposed factories, manufacturing warehouses and old hospitals. But the capital is not the only place to start up – cities like Munich and Hamburg have strong economies and active entrepreneurial scenes.

Overview of the 10 best co-working spaces in Hamburg

Overview of the 10 best co-working spaces in Munich

Italy

Italy was hard-hit by the pandemic, but the startup community is getting back on its feet. We’re currently researching  the state of recovery in South Italy, and interviewing startup players from the area, so keep an eye out for that.

Overview: 10 of the best co-working spaces in Rome

The 10 coolest coworking spaces in Turin

Luxembourg

Luxembourg is one of Europe’s smallest countries, known for its beautiful forests and castles, and its high standard of living. It’s startup ecosystem is also growing richer, with one of the highest investment levels in startups per GDP in Europe.

The 10 coolest coworking spaces in Luxembourg

The UK

Although the UK is technically outside of the EU, it’s still geographically in Europe, and from our recent survey the EU-Startups readers voted to keep reporting on the startup scene there. London is the obvious hub for startup activity, but there are many other cities with exciting entrepreneurial innovation, like Edinburgh.

Overview of the 10 best co-working spaces in Manchester

The 10 best coworking spaces in Edinburgh

The 10 best co-working spaces in Birmingham

Ireland

The birthplace of Web Summit, Ireland is a hotbed of tech innovation. Despite a rainy climate, Ireland offers a great quality of lfe for tech entrepreneurs, as cities is surrounded by green hills, beautiful countryside and coastal views, not to mention their great nightlife

Overview of the 10 best co-working spaces in Dublin

Poland

In the last 5 years, the number of startups in Poland has doubled, with most being centered in the areas of Warsaw, Wrocław, Kraków, Lublin and Tri-City.

Overview of the best coworking spaces in Warsaw

The 10 coolest coworking spaces in Krakow

Slovakia

Slovakia, the small country in Eastern Europe, might have been overlooked by investors in the tech industry in the past, but you will be surprised about the exciting startups that have been founded there.

The 10 best coworking spaces in Bratislava

Austria

In Austria, technology and science research is incentivized not only by the Austrian government and universities, but also within the private sector.

Overview of the best coworking spaces in Vienna

Sweden

Stockholm is now known as Europe’s “unicorn factory” – with more unicorns per capita than any city in the world next to Silicon Valley.

Overview of the 10 best co-working spaces in Stockholm

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is known for its solid infrastructure, a highly educated and skilled workforce, and relatively low living costs and wages.

Overview of the best coworking spaces in Prague

Hungary

Nowadays, Hungary is on the rise and its capital, Budapest has become a vibrant startup hub with huge appeal for tech entrepreneurs.

Overview of 10 state-of-the-art co-working spaces in Zurich

Greece

Greece is well known for its royal blue skies, white-painted hill-top towns, crystal waters, traditional gastronomy and rich history, but that’s not all it has to offer.

Overview of the best coworking spaces in Athens

Portugal

Portugal offers great quality of life, is considered a gem for food lovers and is one of the safest countries in the world according to the Global Peace Index.

Overview of the 10 best co-working spaces in Lisbon

Overview of the 10 best co-working spaces in Porto

Finland

Finland is strong n the gaming, electronics, software, cleantech, biotech and health industries.

Overview of the 10 best co-working spaces in Helsinki

Denmark

Denmark is known for its high quality of life. It’s consistently ranked the world’s happiest country, with twice as many bicycles as cars.

Overview of the 10 best co-working spaces in Copenhagen

The Baltic States

Lithuania’s startup visa initiative, Estonia’s e-residency system and Latvia’s Techchill are just some of the initiatives that position the region as a space to watch.

Overview of the 10 best co-working spaces in Tallinn

Overview of the 10 best co-working spaces in Vilnius

Belgium

Belgium may not produce as many startups or raise as much money as its German and French neighbours, but the country is the heart of the EU and has a tremendous impact on tech and various funding initiatives.

Overview of the 10 best co-working spaces in Brussels

 Croatia

Since joining the EU in 2013, the country’s startup scene has begun to take off with innovation in several sectors including travel, media, foodtech, and robotics.

Overview of the 10 best co-working spaces in Zagreb

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