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Friday 24 August 2012

Flat-Club Joins TechHub And Google Campus!

We, at Flat-Club, have recently moved out of our London Business School (LBS) office base and into TechHub, an innovative co-working space incorporated into Google Campus. This relocation is not only extremely exciting for us at Flat-Club but it is also testament to how far we have grown and developed as a company over the past 12 months.

Being a part of the LBS Incubator Programme has been invaluable for us. We have had continuous access to office space and resources from LBS, which has been crucial for helping us to progress as a company. From the start, we gained a support base of LBS students and alumni, giving us a sense of direction and allowing us to network, collaborate and learn in an entrepreneurial environment. Being incorporated into the LBS Incubator Programme meant that we could also build a positive reputation quickly.

As a result, Flat-Club has managed to expand rapidly and successfully. Over the past year at LBS, the team has grown from 2 to 15 whilst the number of flats on our site has soared from 5 in London to more than 2,000 in over 20 major cities worldwide. We have also succeeded in attracting important media attention, for example with The Guardian , Forbes and The Financial Times as well as managing to secure Series A Funding from Venture Capital and private investors. Furthermore, we won the TechCrunch One-Sentence Pitching Challenge , we were selected as a finalist in The Pitch80 UK Best Small Business Competition and we were also chosen as one of the top 100 start-up companies in the UK. One of our most recent blog posts represents the largest database of European start-up competitions and has subsequently received a lot of encouraging reviews from entrepreneurs - you can read it here .

As our CEO Nitzan Yudan has explained, “Flat-Club would never grow so quickly without the support of LBS community. From the initial business plan to raising finance – we get excellent advice from faculty. The alumni network and especially the Active Startup Forum on portal are a great source of inspiration as well as support in bootstrapping administration and technical challenges”. It is clear, therefore, that we have a lot to thank LBS for.

Whilst we remain very firmly within the parameters of the LBS Incubator Programme, we have now grown so much as a company that we are branching into more networks and facing fresh challenges. This is why we have made the exciting move into the TechHub office, which is a part of Google Campus. The entrepreneurship community at TechHub allows us to share advice and ideas with other like-minded small businesses, offering more inspiration and inciting more energy among us on a daily basis. In this new innovative space we can collaborate with other inspiring people and expand our network even further, creating the perfect environment for Flat-Club to continue to grow in a positive direction.

We are hard workers at Flat-Club. But, we can also play hard. TechHub appreciates this and therefore provides its community with a bit of time for socializing on the side. There is a ping pong table to encourage a bit of healthy colleague-to-colleague competition during lunchtime. There are also several opportunities for the start-up teams to get to know each other in the communal kitchen or over a pizza and beer after work.

As you can see, we are very excited about our relocation. Flat-Club has progressed quickly over the past 18 months. From a kitchen as an office at its initial beginnings, to the LBS Incubator space and now to TechHub, we are continuing to move in the right direction. We can’t wait to get stuck into new challenges and progress even further in our innovative and inspiring new home.

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