CEO Oriol Vinzia checking up with his team at their Poble Nou offices.

The Barcelona-based startup will in October launch new features to their product, and let people work out across borders in both Spain, France and Italy. This was a natural move for the startup that recently have grown a lot in the B2B market, says CEO Oriol Vinzia:

We work with international companies that have workers that travel a lot. If you live in Barcelona, but work a lot from Paris, you’ll be able to choose amongst hundreds of gyms in both cities with our programs.

The itnig company recently closed a bridge round of €160.000 to keep focusing on their technology, as they’re planning on closing an A-round in the beginning of 2017 explains Vinzia:

We’re aiming for a round of €1 million or more, so we’ll start approaching investors from October.

2017 will be the year people talk about the disruption of gyms

At least that’s what CEO Vinzia think is coming as one of the big industries of disruption next year.

There are several big online gym marketplaces that are growing, and we’re the biggest one in southern Europe. I think the industry we’ll read a lot about the next year, is the disruption and digitalization of gym-services.


Brazilian competitor Gympass recently landed in Spain, but they’re only focusing on the B2B market, says Vinzia.

We’ve already established a strong B2C market of thousands of users, and we’ve recently seen great growth in our B2B market. Our challenge now is to find the perfect balance for our focus on the two markets.

Crossing the million mark

GymForLess offers three different programs that gives you access to hundreds of gyms. Here’s the map of Barcelona.

GymForLess had a turnover of €350.000 last year, and expects a turnover of €1 million by 2016, according to the CEO:

By 2017 we’re predicting a turnover of €2.5 million.

The company will now focus heavily on their tech product. With over 100.000 active users on their app they aim to add additional features that goes beyond working out and locating a gym.

We want to add personal trainers, possibly a marketplace to buy gym clothes, but also to add a social layer between the clubbers, so friends can challenge each other, and compare results from their exercises.

CEO Vinzia also adds that they’re looking into possibilities with connecting the app to pulse watches and other devices.

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This post was written by Sindre Hopland, media manager at itnig.

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WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER A COWORKING SPACE FOR YOUR STARTUP

Your home office or a coffee shop won’t be enough!

Yes, we all know the tale about the guy who starts a small company in their garage or basement, has a brilliant idea and becomes the next Steve Jobs. It’s true, most successes have very humble beginnings. It’s also true that not all garage or basements are going to magically get you a successful business. They might work in the very (veeeery) early stages of your startup, but you can’t always meet a client at coffee shops, not to say your basement. 

A great, if not the best, solution is to find a coworking space. Coworking spaces have become very popular all over the world, either for freelancers or entrepreneurs and startups. 

Coworking spaces are not just big rooms with desks and chairs with high-speed wifi. The areas are made to be exciting places to work and improve your productivity.

As a startup, you need to find resources fast and affordably. More importantly, you’ll need motivation. This is why you should consider a coworking space. 

Here are some basic but amazing benefits from coworking spaces:

Community

Joining a coworking means joining a community.  Being surrounded by other entrepreneurs, freelancers and talented independent people is without doubt a one of the best features of a coworking.

Motivation is key when starting a new project and trying to develop your own business. The road will get though and you’ll appreciate other entrepreneurs’ vision and support! Other workers’ feedback can be very useful to improve your service/product before trying to sell it to the world. 

Networking, networking and…networking!

As a startup, you’ll be looking for networking opportunities. Most coworkings host professionals from different kind of industries, which can open up many doors for you and your business. Not all coworking spaces are about networking, some of them prefer to have a quiet individual work environment, so as a startup you have to make sure to choose a coworking with networking opportunities.

At Itnig, for example, we love to share ideas and support other entrepreneurs. Don’t be shy, some of the other coworking tenants can bring great business opportunities, or even become new clients (and friends)! 

Budgetfriendly

As entrepreneurs (or people for that matter) it’s very important to understand the importance of money, more specifically: budget. Tight budgets call for smart spending. Coworkings are usually budget friendly, most of them offer different membership options depending on your startup’s needs and budget.

Amenities 

A coworking provides you with everything needed to be as productive as possible. High speed internet connection, printers, conference rooms and COFFEE. Some coworkings even plan afterwork activities and events to make it all more fun! As a startup, a coworking space is your best chance at having all the basic amenities but also the fun ones, like a ping pong table or a nice chill out terrace. 

Happy clients

As you grow and have more clients, it can get messy if you keep meeting them in coffee shops. Coworking spaces offer office services such as conference rooms. That way your meetings will be more professional and comfortable for everyone. 

Barcelona is a city full of coworkings of every kind! Our Itnig community keeps growing, we now have up to 20 startups such as Andjoy, Classlife, Factorial and Freeverse, all under the same roof. We have afterwork activities and we also plan different kinds of events open to anyone interested in marketing, tech stuff, entrepreneurship and design. Our space is about 2.100m2 with up to 800m2 of conference rooms, events space, ping pong and fun activities. 

There’s also  wifi, endless coffee and talented people. Join us!