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Some of the world’s leading Coworking platforms are collaborating with Venia Business Hub to host Nigeria’s first Coworking Conference on July 27th 2017, in Lagos. These platforms include Coworking Magazine, DeskMag, Coworking Insights and Coworker.

The long-awaited Coworking Conference will bring together global experts, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, and leading figures in Nigeria’s coworking industry, to explore the drivers of the growth in coworking spaces in Nigeria, and the opportunities and value being created. “I believe that for Nigeria to grow economically, its entrepreneurs have to thrive creatively and the Coworking Industry has to lead the charge in providing innovative environments to make this happen. Coworking is part of the future of work and it is time we harness its full potential.” said Kola Oyeneyin, the Creator of Coworking Conference Nigeria, and a disruptive innovator in his own right.

In recent years, a new wave of coworking has emerged with a growing number of companies exploring how to incorporate the concept of co-working. And indeed, Nigeria has experienced a significant surge in Coworking Spaces – both in overall number and in diversity of specialization. In Nigeria’s commercial hub, Lagos, a good number of start-ups, freelancers and entrepreneurs have been faced with certain challenges associated with finding an office space which would offer good access to internet, power, and other facilities.

This rise in Coworking spaces is gradually creating an exciting ecosystem, with value creation, opportunities for service providers, entrepreneurs and investors.

Co-working and flexible spaces have also become critical components of the wider Corporate Real Estate (CRE) and portfolio strategy. The results of the latest JLL Global Coworking Survey reveal that 61 percent of co-working space providers are planning to expand their operations and almost 80 percent expect the number of members to increase in 2016. The number of members using co-working spaces globally has been on a steady increase each year and it is predicted to reach one million by 2018.

What you didn’t know about Coworking Spaces Globally

40 percent of the world’s workforce will be entrepreneurs and freelancers by 2020. This is a major driver in the rise in demand for coworking spaces.

82 percent of business owners operating out of coworking spaces are motivated to pursue their business goals.

50 percent of businesses operating out of a coworking space have experienced about 40 percent increase in their income.

The Coworking Conference is a global event that happens in major cities all over the world from London, Dublin and New York to Cape Town, Penang and Melbourne. The conference is also offering free access to pre-qualified entrepreneurs, freelancers, service providers and investors.

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