Eastern UP’s first ​co-working space​​

Eastern UP’s first ​co-working space​​

Gorakhpur is a small city but it’s rapidly changing. Till two decades ago, Gorakhpur was indisputably​the crime capital of​ ​​Uttar Pradesh. To boost the start-up ecosystem in Eastern Uttar Pradesh and help entrepreneurs get the right infrastructure and resources, two friends have launched the first co-working space in Gorakhpur. Something futuristic like a co-working space for start-ups​ ​​in the city, therefore, will be seen with both hope and scepticism.
Arunn Guptaa (30) launched StartUp Cafe, the first co-working space in Eastern Uttar Pradesh of India, in August 2017. Arunn, who is a graduate in business studies with a Master’s degree in animation, has previously worked with e-commerce giants like Amazon, Snapdeal, and Flipkart. To accomplish his mission of shaping the entrepreneurial ecosystem in eastern UP, Arunn & his school friend Vibhore Jaiswal went ahead to start Gorakhpur’s first co-working space, “Startup Cafe”. Vibhore holds an MBA degree and has worked for organisations like SpiceJet, Deloitte, and PwC for e-governance projects pan-India.

In the city of Gorakhpur, StartUp Cafe offers ready to use work space at a prime location for professionals on a daily and monthly basis.

With an aim to offer an affordable workspace as opposed to high rentals and maintenance hassles, often associated with a traditional office space, the cafe provides a day plan of Rs 999 and a monthly plan of Rs 4,999 per seat. At present, it has 50 seats.

More than 50% of the population is online and the number is increasing day by day. Due to good ​Internet connectivity, the youth are focu​s​sing on their own startups than ​opt for jobs,” Arunn ​explains.​

He is also setting up a co​-​working space in Varanasi, the ​Lok Sabha ​constituency of Prime Minister Nar​endra Modi.​ ​​The facility is expected to be launched sometime this month​.

​“We decided on Varanasi because we don’t have any competition there. Other big cities like Noida and Ghaziabad already have co-working spaces,” ​​Guptaa ​says.​ He also plans to launch such centres in Lucknow and Allahabad.​

According to a report published by PWC, “Workforce of the future: The competing forces shaping 2030”, the world by then will have a greater meaning to business and start-ups compared to what it has been dealing with now.

Industry experts estimate that $400 million as investment per year, for the next five years, is expected to be poured into the setting up of co-working spaces.


By Entrepreneurikshaw Team

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