By: Alifiya Khan
After Bengaluru, industry lobby Nasscom announced on Friday that it will now set up its warehouse — a co-working facility for start-ups — in Pune.
Even as the lobby tied up with the Maharashtra government to set up the warehouse in Kharadi as part of its plan to mentor and establish 10,000 start-ups by 2023, Pune, which is considered as one of the start-up capitals in the country, has over the last few months seen quite a few such co-working facilities set up space.
One such space is The Mesh, a co-working facility at Senapati Bapat Road started by Deepti Kasbekar. Used by 35 start-ups today at a pay per desk model at three different package costs between Rs 4,500 to 6,500 (depending on facilities and nature of business as discounts are offered to women or social impact projects), the co-working space provides entrepreneurs with workstations, drawers and storage, a peon to run errands, conference and meeting rooms, printers, scanners, unlimited coffee and snacks and internet, a 24X7 access to office and also a puppy as a stress buster.
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“Actually I was working out of home and faced all the difficulties that one faces while doing that like distractions, lack of company and ideas, infrastructure etc. I knew of a similar concept somewhere else and I thought why not start a co-working space here. A place where someone gets all the benefits of an office space at a minimal amount and zero headache. Not only would it be a business opportunity for me but make for great company too which I needed since I was writing something and wanted to do it with people around,” she said.
One of her recent “clients” is Reema Sathe (31) who is setting up an agro business after quitting her job at an MNC. “Not only is it working out for me financially, I also love the community feeling. All around me there are start-ups, some people are experienced and have faced same challenges. Help is always available,” she says.
It was out of a personal need that Pune-based Kaushal Sanghavi started the Breathing Room, an app that provides hourly workspace on demand near the user’s location. “When I was working out of home, I used coffee shops for client meetings but I was annoyed with the noise, lousy Internet or selfie-taking youngsters. But I didn’t want to rent an office space. So I thought of this service, something that provides you an office for your meetings or presentations for an hour as per need,” he said.
Available in multiple cities now, BreathingRoom provides professional work spaces where users can have access to fast Wi-Fi and privacy from other users/visitors. The workspaces include empty conference rooms of start-up companies, a design store or a shared working space. “My clients include work out of home mothers, freelancers, designers, advertising professionals and so on,” he says.
Meanwhile, Parag Degaonkar, regional head of Nasscom, said the co-working facility could be leased by start-ups for six months but is not just a desk with high-speed Internet connections or basic utilities. “This space is where they will be mentored by seniors in the industry. We will help them right from setting up to getting capital. It’s a co-working space cum incubation centre,” he said.