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The Pioneers In The CoWorking Ecosystem
India has seen a major shift in the style of working in
last 5 years or so. More and more people are getting into self-employment and
small startups. With this new working style which is generally done on a very
tight budget, Coworking has seen a rise. In fact, it has become a new business
idea in itself. So what exactly is it and how does it work?
Coworking is a concept of work that involves a shared work space. These places, set up like an office, are shared by different and often non-related working individuals, or small startups. These individuals, though working independently often interact with each other as critiques or to share ideas, networking and of
course shared meeting rooms and cafeterias.
Brad Neuberg is often credited with starting the coworking movement in San Francisco in 2005. The initial idea was to combine the independence of freelancing with the structure and community of an office space.
Coworking Ecosystem is gaining popularity due to a number of reasons. The main benefits being:
Great chances of networking and meeting like-minded people
No fixed investment
The Rockstars of the CoWorking Ecosystem
The CoWorking Ecosystem is still in a nascent stage in India. Still, several major players are making their mark. Most of them are based out of the six metro and major cities namely Mumbai, Bangalore, NCR, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Pune.
Here are the pioneers in this field:
Awfis Awfis Space Solutions has 14 centers across the NCR,
Bengaluru, and Mumbai. With Awfis, you can get real-time bookings for one hour
to 11 months. They also have tie-ups with many hotels for meeting rooms. They
are now running a pilot project called Mobile Awfis featuring 8 fully-equipped
workstations aboard a minivan.
91Springboard -- 91Springboard has its presence in 9 cities
across India.They have a community approach with the aim to transform coworking
into a collaborative venture.
TheOfficePass A part of TOP Technologies Pvt. Ltd., using its
technology platform it connects companies and professionals especially women -
to warm friendly, ready to use and high quality neighbourhood coworking offices
in Gurgaon and Delhi/NCR. It has established itself in the neighbourhood
coworking space which caters to people looking for a high quality working space
near their residence. At present it has 4 centers in Delhi/NCR and it is adding
new centers real quick.
InstaOffice InstaOffice has 7 centers and is based out of
Delhi and Bengaluru. A Coworking space which works as a platform for small
startups, SMEs, freelancers and professional consultants to come together and
form a collaborative community. They also have a mentor board to help startups
grow and face their challenges.
BHIVE Workspace BHIVE Workspace works out of Bengaluru at 4
centers. It boasts of over 200 companies who form a part of their community.
Open for freelancers and entrepreneurs it has hosted over 500 events featuring
the best in the industry to boost and benefit their community.
Stirring Minds Leading the NCR region, Stirring Minds has
seen 200+ startups and hosted even more events. A core team of mentors screens
and helps to incubate new ventures.
CoWrks India Working out of 5 cities in India, CoWrks houses
creative individuals, entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses. Apart from
providing one of the largest coworking spaces, they also offer free and
discounted services, host networking events and work on introducing innovative
Many others like WeWork, WhyWorks, Social Cafι and more are
changing Indias concept of an office.
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