Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship on the rise, finds Regus survey

Flexible working breeds innovation


Ninety-two% of Indians say they have seen a rise in entrepreneurship over the past five years. This comes from the latest report on entrepreneurship by Regus, a global workplace provider. It found 6% of Indians feel female entrepreneurship and 11% believe serial entrepreneurship is on the rise, while 48% said that flexible working was essential to introduce innovation at firms.

Mumbai, 14 April 2014 - More and more businesses are realising the importance of nurturing innovative entrepreneurs among their employees to help drive growth, but what are the top strategies to promote innovation within the business?  Latest research by Regus, the flexible workspace provider, reports that 48% of business people in India think flexible working is key.


Given the increasing importance placed on developing entrepreneurship within the business by companies such as Google and Dell, the survey asked respondents to identify which measures they regarded as key to nurturing so-called intrapreneurs and found that more than half of Indian firms selected skills updating programmes (55%), mixing staff from different functions (36%) and access to senior management (32%) followed.


These are the key findings of the latest research by Regus that canvassed the views of more than 19,000 senior business people and owners in 98 countries. 495 Indian respondents participated in the survey.


Some additional highlights are:

  • 24% of respondents report that formal innovation programmes are a key innovation driver;
  • 92% of respondents think entrepreneurship has increased in the past five years in their sector;
  • 6% state that female entrepreneurship and 11% that serial entrepreneurship (people who set up a series of new businesses, one after the other) is on the rise;
Sahil Verma, Chief Operating Officer – India, Regus
With small businesses accounting for over 90% of businesses and over three fifths of employment in most economies, it is evident why entrepreneurship should be fostered and nurtured.

But businesses have cottoned on to the powerful innovative drive of entrepreneurs too and are looking to foster entrepreneurship among their own employees. So how can entrepreneurial behaviour be encouraged? Flexible working not only taps into employee demand for a better work:life balance, by allowing them to work their own hours and from different locations, but it also helps employees mingle with workers from different functions, and even different firms, vastly widening their outlook and experience. Flexibility and diverse inputs can really help employees think outside the box and seek out innovation.
Sahil Verma, Chief Operating Officer – India, Regus

About Regus:


Regus is the global workplace provider.


Its network of more than 2,000 business centres in 101 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.


The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.5million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.


Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit