People’s Champion Finalist: Hubble
The online marketplace for office space is backed by former Dragon James Caan – but does it get your vote?
Start-up name: Hubble
Founders: Tushar Agarwal and Tom Watson
Started in: 2014
Based in: London
Business description: Online marketplace for office space
The Hubble story:
“Office space is broken”, and online marketplace Hubble is on a mission to fix it. With today’s businesses demanding a more flexible and affordable market, the company matches those who are looking for space with those who have it.
Starting up can be fraught with cashflow problems and uncertainty, so Hubble helps small businesses find a space that suits their size and budget without being tied in to a long-term lease. Covering everything from shared desk space to co-working spaces and fully serviced offices, users can compare and book “as easily as making a restaurant reservation”, with Hubble charging a commission on every deal completed.
While the platform is helping start-ups of all sizes find the space they need to grow and nurture their businesses, it’s also helping larger businesses that have taken a lease to monetise their own unused space. Hubble has already found space for companies such as Pinterest, Etsy and Moo.com, and with 4,000 start-ups already signed up, the next generation of game-changers are just a click away from finding their perfect office.
Why Hubble made our 60:
With over 750 offices on the platform in London alone, and backed by £500,000 seed funding from former Dragon James Caan, Hubble is in prime position to disrupt the UK’s growing office space market. In just six months it has scaled from one transaction a week to one per day – with no signs of growth abating.