The Fundamentals of
Flexible Workspace

Empty floors? Retail that needs reinvigorating? Ready to create the future office? Diversifying your portfolio?

Register for the 4 week Fundamentals of Flexspace course. Led by industry professionals who will teach you what you need to know.

This course covers the critical learnings for Flexspace design, management structures, technology, operations, partnerships & community building. We’ll show you how to build, operate and succeed in the flexible workspace landscape.

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If you are a:

  • Developer
  • Investor
  • CRE Professional
  • Landlord
  • Entrepreneur looking to open a coworking or flexspace

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The Fundamentals of Flexspace

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What will be covered in The Fundamentals of Flexspace?

Intro to Flexible Workspace

Wednesday, April 7 (free & open to public)

Let’s review how we got to 2020 from the lens of Liz Elam a pioneer and voice of the industry. We’ll talk about the origins of coworking, flexible workspace and where we see the industry going. We’ll talk about some of the mighty that we’ve recently seen stumble. We’ll make some forecasts around the future of the industry and give you some insight into how you might best approach this complicated industry. It’s a teaser you don’t want to miss.

  • What is flexspace really?
  • Brief history of the industry
  • Why the mighty fail
  • Where we see it going

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Speaker

Liz Elam

Founder of GCUC, Partner at Deco Group, Former owner of Link Coworking

Liz Elam

Module 1

Management agreements, Partnership or Go it Alone

Wednesday, April 21 | 10:00am CST

Understanding how to structure the deal is imperative to the foundation of your flexspace. Whether you assume the risk and go it alone or seek out a partner to operate your space under a management agreement you will need to understand what is different about flex.

Discussion topics:

  • Pros and cons of going solo
  • Typical management agreement
  • What a good Partnership agreement includes
  • What to look for in a coworking/flex operator partner
  • Location, location, location

The objective of this session is for you to understand a management agreement structure and some possible scenarios. At the end you will have a good understanding of what a partnership agreement could look like and how it will differ from a management agreement. Finding the right partner can be complex, we will give you some things to think about and look for in a coworking/flex operator partner. Location is different in flex/coworking. We will talk about what you need to know and how to maximize your business.

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Speaker

Giovanni Palavicini

Avison Young

Giovanni Palavicini

Module 2

Design

Wednesday, April 28

The difference between a well designed and activated space and just another space that looks good but isn’t buzzing like a hive is make or break. It’s not all spec suites and it most certainly is not all open workspace. Let’s talk to some architects who have been designing award winning space for years.

Discussion topics:

  • How do you decide what the % of open/office/ meeting rooms /suite
  • Designing for wellness and the five senses
  • Anything but basic
  • Phone booths and chat rooms- love them or leave them.

The objective of this session is for you to understand how flexible/coworking space design is different from just designing a space that looks good. You will have a new understanding of the importance of wellness and why you need to invest in and how you can monetize it. You will understand some of the new trends and practices coming your way and which ones you can put aside.

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Speakers

Vince Pan and Brooke Helgerson

Analogue Studio

Vince Pan and Brooke Helgerson

Module 3

Technology

Wednesday, May 5

You may think you know how to run space but we can assure you that this space is different. The business is complex and so are the systems to run it. Let’s talk about where to invest and where to tread lightly.

Discussion topics:

  • Technology that was created specifically for shared flexible space.
  • Seamless integration (is it possible)
  • Security
  • Future proofing with technology
  • Value add

The objective of this session is for you to leave with a clear understanding of the product roadmap for flexible space, where to invest and how to pick the right technology for your business.

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Speaker

Matthew Woestehoff

Director of Technology Foundation Technologies, LLC

Matthew Woestehoff

Module 4

Member Experience Matters

Wednesday, May 12

Member engagement and satisfaction is critical to your success as a flexspace owner. You will leave with an understanding of how the community aspect of coworking and flexspace sets it apart from traditional real estate offerings.

Discussion topics:

  • There are humans in your care
  • Hospitality based experiences
  • Events as an amenity
  • Upskilling as a service
  • Community is not a shared kitchen

The objective of this session is for you to understand the secret sauce of coworking. You will understand what it takes to build community. You will learn why you need to invest in things like events, services and training that will activate the space, community and eventually your bottom line.

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Speaker

Christine Andrews

Partner at Deco Group & Founder of Acme Works

Christine Andrews

What is included in your registration ($1200 USD, $999 USD for early birds):

  • (4) Live two hour training sessions in small groups
  • Live Q&A time with the experts and course creators
  • Half hour free consulting with either Avison Young or Deco Group
  • Opportunity to expand your network with dedicated connection time
  • Access to exclusive flexspace slack channel only for course participants
  • Free one year membership to the GCUC Community (individual membership)
  • Course box shipped to your door (US residents only)
  • Industry intros where appropriate

Set yourself up to operate a successful and profitable flexspace business.

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Ready to join the experts and learn all about the ins and out of Flex?

When: Starting in April, classes will take place online at 10:30 A.M. CST, every Wednesday
$999 for early birds (limited quantity) | $1200 standard pricing

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