Tackling remote working

Workplace platform Desana raises seed funding ahead of launch

Launch team: Mark Hogarth, Steve Jeans, Michael Cockburn, Colin McCulloch, Robert Richmond

Workplace platform Desana has raised £550,000 in seed funding from TechStart Ventures ahead of its launch.

Desana, based in Edinburgh and London, claims to be the first UK platform to offer hourly access to a network of co-working workplaces through a single monthly subscription.

The investment will enable the firm to grow its network of instantly accessible work spaces across Britain and position the network overseas.

It wants to tap into a growth of remote working, with reports that more than half of the world’s professionals work out of office on a regular basis, posing new challenges for modern workers and employers.

Desana also aims to combat the downside of remote working, including isolation and loneliness, by bringing subscribers together with like-minded people. 

Coworking spaces such as WeWork are used by employers such as Apple, Facebook, and HSBC and is opening offices in George Street, Edinburgh.

Michael Cockburn, co-founder of Desana, said, “The idea for Desana came from our own experience of working from home .

“Like many flexible workers my co-founder and I realised while working from our kitchen tables that we missed the camaraderie of an office space and in so doing we spotted the wider corporate opportunity.

“In the last decade, huge technological advancements mean that a notable portion of the global population only require a laptop and WiFi to work.”

The firm was initially set up in 2016 in Edinburgh as Shoal and was remodelled into its current format last year. The London office opened in June this year.

Mark Hogarth of TechStart Ventures commented: “The upcoming launch of the Desana platform is just a first step towards enabling a radical change in how organisations and people interact with their workplaces.”

Desana is scheduled to launch in late September.

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