Awfis: Changing the Working Culture of India

Awfis: Changing the Working Culture of India
Awfis Success Story

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The coworking industry in India is at its peak and is slated to transform into a mainstream segment. The millennial workforce is ever-evolving and over 13 million people are expected to work out of co-working centers by 2020 in India, with many corporates expected to allocate 10% of their office portfolio to agile workspaces (Source: CBRE).

Awfis offers coworking space & shared office space for rent along with affordable facilities. Due to the pandemic, the coworking industry has been hit by major backlash.

But Mr Amit Ramani found a way to get back in the field with innovative and affordable solutions. The launch of 'Awfis@Home', will help provide physical and IT infrastructure for work from home at a Rs 2,500 monthly subscription fee.

We interviewed Awfis owner/founder Mr. Amit Ramani to learn more about the coworking industry in India and the successful startup journey of Awfis.

Awfis - Company Highlights

Startup Name Awfis
Headquarter New Delhi
Founders Mr Amit Ramani
Sector Co-working space/ Commercial Real Estate
Founded 2015
Parent organization Awfis Space Solutions Private Limited

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Awfis - Name, Tagline and Logo
Awfis - Founders and Team
Awfis - Revenue Model
Awfis - User Acquisition
Awfis - Funding and Investors
Awfis - Growth / Revenue
Awfis - Partnership and Tie-Ups
Awfis - Future Plan

About Awfis

Awfis (Awfis Space Solutions Private Limited) has been able to build a niche for itself within the ever-evolving coworking segment, largely owing to its unceasing commitment towards providing high-grade workspaces and amenities at an affordable cost. It understands India’s market and its key challenges from a commercial real estate perspective. The company has been able to successfully cater to client base by providing them with an integrated workspace solution and a hassle-free experience. Awfis also offers a Virtual Office solution that helps you create a professional image for your business without booking an actual physical space. Besides, Awfis Mobility Solutions, lets one work from anywhere.

"We see ourselves as our client's partners, not mere service providers. We have built a best-in-class mobile app that helps book workspaces & meeting rooms on ‘Just-in-time’ basis. We also have a range of ‘Mobility Solution’ products for today’s work-on-the-go population along with our newly launched product ‘Awfis Enterprise Solutions’ that caters to SMEs and mid & large sized corporates helping them set up their head offices & satellite offices with us"  Amit Ramani says explaining Awfis' products

The core belief of Awfis is to bridge the existing Commercial Real Estate (CRE) gap in India by transforming commercial assets into Grade A workspaces and making them accessible at affordable prices. The aim is to provide a commercially viable solution to the workforce of India owing to the highly price-sensitive and extremely rational Indian consumer. The company strongly believe that with their unique bouquet of product and services, they have been able to provide a feasible solution to Indian businesses, thereby creating an enriching work experience.

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Awfis - Startup Story | How was Awfis Started?

Coworking as a segment has been prevalent in the US for the last 10-15 years where the founder, Amit Ramani, had prior professional experience.

The idea to launch Awfis and re-conceptualize the co-working segment in India struck him when he witnessed the status of the majority of the commercial spaces here. Extremely disorganized, a complete lack of transparency, and the absence of a conducive environment for employees to work in, it led him to believe that co-working was the perfect solution for India’s market and to pave the way forward for a highly flexible workforce of our country.

Awfis’ name comes from the way ‘office’ is pronounced. The company has a tagline - ‘where work meets life' indicating that they put strong emphasis on balancing work & life.

Awfis Logo

Awfis - Founders and Team

Amit Ramani

Mr. Amit Ramani is the founder and CEO of Awfis.

Awfis Amit Ramani
Amit Ramani - Founder & CEO, Awfis

Amit has been a serial entrepreneur with 18 years of experience with a focus on building sustainable businesses that solve real-world problems. Prior to Awfis, he served as the Founder and Managing Director of NELSON Asia, a company focused on providing design & build solution to global & Indian multinationals. Amit’s extensive experience in strategic planning, design management, and workplace & business process improvement has allowed him to work at different leadership positions as well as a speaker and guest author for reputed platforms.

  • Mr. Amit Ramani is the member of the Young President's Organization (YPO) Delhi Chapter which is a group of top 200 business leaders and owners in the community.
  • He has been an active member of the International Facilities Management Association CoreNet for eight years, and serves on the board for the latter’s Charlotte Chapter.
  • His work has been published in the Journal of Corporate Real Estate and he has been a frequent speaker to industry forums such as CoreNet Global Summit on topics ranging from real estate strategy to developing effective work environments.
  • He is also an active member of RICS and NASSCOM.
  • His contribution to the field of real estate and facility planning has made him the recipient of the prestigious IFMA foundation award three years in a row.
  • He has also been a guest lecturer at Cornell University, New York University, and Texas A&M.

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Awfis - Revenue Model

The company primarily deploy two models i.e. the Straight Lease Model and the Managed Aggregation Model (MAM). Among the two, MAM has been able to give them an edge due to its unique proposition wherein Awfis partners with space owners of underutilized commercial spaces and strikes a ‘no minimum guarantees’ deal - where space owner makes the investment on fit-out infrastructure and builds out a center. The profits from the center are shared with higher percentage going to space owner.

Capital efficiency is an advantage of MAM, which enables  to multiply our growing capacity by almost 4-5 times. Currently, 60% seats are under MAM and we intend to increase this to 70 – 80% in the coming year - Amit says

Awfis - User Acquisition

Awfis was launched way back in 2015 in New Delhi with one center in Vasant Kunj. In July 2017, the company had 5,800 desks across 20 centers. Having grown steadily over the course of the last few years, they have expanded to 35,000 seats across 70 centers in just 4 years. This clearly indicates a growing audience

Our biggest marketing channel has been our customers itself, who, with their positive feedback and positive word of mouth, have been our biggest strength to us. We have managed to consistently gratify our user base by enabling complete transparency while enhancing relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. Additionally, staying true to our belief “where work meets life”, we are providing our members a platform to interact, collaborate and do business within the community.

The company also provides access to over 1000 events and experiences annually to its community members so as to maintain work-life balance and have fun while working.

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Awfis - Funding and Investors

Awfis has raised a total of $94.6 million funding from different investors as below-

Date Stage Amount Investor
Dec 5, 2022 Series E $1.96 million Bisque
June 1, 2022 Series E $7.8 million -
March 12, 2021 Venture Round $5.5 million -
May 26, 2020 Debt Financing $4.8 million -
August 6, 2019 Series D $30 million Chrys Capital, Sequoia Capital India & The Three Sisters Institutional Office,
May 24, 2019 Series c $3.01 million Peak XV Partners, Yes Bank
Jul 25, 2018 Series C $20 million InnoVen Capital, Peak XV Partners
Apr 26, 2017 Series B $20 million Peak XV Partners

Awfis - Growth / Revenue

Awfis revenue stood at Rs 230 crore in 2019-2020 and Rs 158 crore in 2018-19.

"Post COVID-19, we expect that around 10-12 percent of workforce will be working from home. Many companies have already announced such plans,"  Amit Ramani says

Awfis is currently spread across 150 centers in 70 cities with 88000 seats. It had set its eyes on the expansion in Tier 2 cities and solidified its presence in the Tier 1 cities back in October 2018, which it materialized by expanding to Kochi, Jaipur, Bhubaneshwar, Ahmedabad, and Indore. 80% of the then userbase of Awfis belonged to the Tier 1 cities.

It targets to double its seating capacity every year to reach over 2,00,000 seats by 2022 and they're well on course to achieving that feat.

In terms of the user base, the company serves over 1500 companies ranging from India’s leading start-ups/ MSMEs to Fortune 500 companies, forming the largest co-working community in India. Breaking up Awfis' revenue, SMEs account for 40 percent, corporates 40 percent, and 20% revenue comes from startups and freelancers. In terms of community members, Awfis has over 28000 community members.

Awfis has managed to successfully establish itself with an extremely strong foothold in the rapidly evolving co-working sector.

Awfis’ success mantra of providing ‘Value driven services for Value focused companies’ has enabled it to spearhead the growth of this sector in India and made Awfis synonymous with co-working. Awfis has become profitable at the entity level from November 2018 and is planning to launch a public issue in 2022.

"A homegrown brand, at Awfis, we have a deep rooted understanding of our consumers’ needs and are growing year on year at a quick pace. We identify underutilized assets, partner with land owners and deliver Grade A workspaces. We have efficiently deployed our resources to meet our business requirements without hampering the quality of workspaces provided. The entire product portfolio is such that it keeps us ahead of the game." quotes Awfis founder Amit Ramani.

Some of the prominent expansions of Awfis in 2023 are:

  • Awfis launched two co-working centers in Kolkata in February 2023.
  • Company opens four new co-working centers in Hyderabad September 2023.
  • Expand presence with thirteen centers in Kolkata in January 2023.

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Awfis Financials

Awfis demonstrated significant growth in operating revenue, rising from Rs 178.35 crore in FY21 to Rs 257.04 crore in FY22. However, it also experienced an increase in losses, with losses expanding from Rs -42.64 crore in FY21 to Rs -57.15 crore in FY22.

Awfis Financials
Awfis Financials

Awfis Expenses Breakdown

Awfis witnessed a notable increase in expenses, surging from Rs 258.6 crore in FY21 to Rs 335.87 crore in FY22.

Below is the expense breakdown for Awfis:

Awfis Expenses Breakdown FY21 FY22
Depreciation and Amortisation Rs 86.83 crore Rs 98.43 crore
Finance Cost Rs 46.55 crore Rs 48.71 crore
Employee benefit expenses Rs 31.83 crore Rs 54.15 crore
Rent Rs 17.56 crore Rs 20.08 crore
Sub-contracting cost Rs 9.63 crore Rs 41.86 crore
Cost repairs maintenance Rs 13.87 crore Rs 17.19 crore
Others Rs 52.39 crore Rs 55.45 crore


The company's EBITDA margin experienced a decline, decreasing from 42.01% in FY21 to 32.28% in FY22.

Awfis FY21-FY22 FY21 FY22
EBITDA Margin 42.01% 32.28%
Expense/Rs of Operation Revenue Rs 1.45 Rs 1.31
ROCE 6.04% -7.79%

Awfis - Partnership and Tie-Ups

Awfis has partnered with three companies:

  • Prestige Group
  • Nucleus Office Park
  • NSL (Nuziveedu Seeds Pvt Ltd)

Awfis - Future Plan

Awfis Space Solutions Private Ltd. is preparing for an exciting move by aiming to conduct its initial public offering (IPO) in 2024. Although the precise sum to be raised is yet unknown and may alter later, reports indicate that the corporation has already selected three investment banks for this major step. This IPO is significant since it would mark the first time a co-working space provider in India has gone public. The Draft Red Herring Prospectus (DRHP) for this event will be delivered to market regulator Sebi within a month, according to the ongoing preparations. Depending on market conditions, the real IPO launch is anticipated for 2024.


What is Awfis?

Awfis is a co-working space provider founded in 2015 and based out of New Delhi.

Who founded Awfis?

Awfis was founded by Amit Ramani.

What are co-working spaces?

Co-working spaces, just as the term indicates, are working spaces that are shared by two or more employers.

When was Awfis founded?

Awfis was founded in April 2015.  

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