Gorakhpur is a small city but it’s rapidly changing. Till two decades ago, Gorakhpur was indisputablythe 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.
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 focussing 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 Narendra 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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