In this new age, the concept of having an office space is changing. Especially for Startup / IT people where all it needs is a space to place a laptop, a seat, and a decent internet connection. Past two weeks have been very interesting. I got an opportunity to experience different co-working spaces in major cities of Kerala, the southern state of India. I would like to share my experience working from co-working hubs in Cochin, Calicut and Trivandrum. The journey was quite amazing, where I met many freelancers and startup guys.
In my view coworking spaces keep you more productive and happier than regular workplaces. You are surrounded by other professionals working on their projects in a hostility-free and friendly environment, which encourages you to focus on your work, and with whom you can discuss and exchange ideas, and improve your business, life, and community.
The fast-growing Ernakulam city has always been the centre of business and startups when it comes to Kerala. I have stayed here for three days where I used one coworking hub each day.
1. Alappat Center A
The one thing that differentiates Center A from all other coworking hubs I have visited is the class and the location. It’s located on MG road, mostly known as the heart of the city and the infrastructure they offer is world-class. Price is a bit high while comparing others but I think that’s worthy.
They have meeting rooms, enclosed offices, coworking hubs. Coworkers can either work from an enclosed common area or the rooftop cafe. I was working from a rooftop sky cafe, There is a small coffee shop, foosball table, most of all the view from the 8th floor is great.
Special thanks to Mr Joy Alappat who offered me a free trial that day.
Daily — Rs.750 / ~ $11 + tax
Pretty good as it’s a jewellery building.
There are many home delivery options in mg road, Can dine from the rooftop sky cafe.
+91–7559900030, +91–7559900040, +91–7559900050
2. Kerala technology innovation zone ( Former startup village )
This space is not open to the general public right now. Former startup village’s common space was pretty good. They stopped this after converting to KTIZ under Kerala startup mission.
One option available now is to be the guest of existing startups incubated there physically. I have worked from KTIZ as a guest of my friend’s startup http://www.yatramantra.com. Space is not that great when comparing, but the people/culture there is still awesome.
N/A for coworkers.
Big dedicated parking space.
Beeranikkas shop — People who visited SV / KTIZ at least once will be knowing the taste of beeranika’s food.
3. Creative cube
Spend my last day in Cochin working from creative cube’s Kakkanad space. In fact, they have three hubs in Cochin. The main one is in Panampilly Nagar, where I think the interior is cooler. the other two are villas, not so bad to work from.
Kakkanad x 2, Panampilly Nagar x 1. See their website for all locations.
Daily Rs. 300 / ~ $4.5
Monthly 3k — 3.5k / ~ $45 — $52
As it’s a villa which I have been working there is a limited parking space.
Can dine-in from the dining table, order food online.
Arun — +91–9539911199
This is a city which always disappoints me. I have been to Trivandrum in search of coworking hubs. Searched online, asked many freelancers, techies, startup guys but none knows any coworking space. Some of them suggested few companies in Technopark and outside subleasing their space, which I felt is not a good option. I ended up working on my friend’s apartment.
My hometown where I started this journey. It was surprising to me realising the growth of Kozhikode in this space.
Funded by flewup technologies and located inside hilite business park near the city’s largest mall — hilite. The working of this space is a bit different though. I found PC installed in each seat also the people which I met there are different. Few guys work like each one compliment skills p2p on their projects. Also, they have a quarterly pitching event for budding entrepreneurs named flew conclave, Aliriza, Chairman told they have a network of investors participating in this event.
Daily — Rs. 600 / ~ $9
Monthly — Rs. 10k / ~ $150
Two floors dedicated parking space.
As hilite business hub has a food court at the rooftop it was easy. Got good food at decent rates and the ambience of dining space was awesome.
Aliriza — +91–9048772040
This space is more like a 2 BHK apartment. But the ambience was really great. Founded by two freelancers based in Calicut. Spacebar has one dedicated room which is already taken by some team, another one is the common place where I was working.
Daily — Rs. 300 / ~ $4.5
Monthly — Rs. 3.5k / ~ $52
No parking space for building. Can park in nearby
All the main restaurants in Calicut deliver to Eranhipalam I have ordered biryani from paragon salkara that day.
Lejeesh — +91–9747840106
Sooraj — +91–82817 56633
I could only cover only these much with the limited time I had in Kerala. If you guys know any coworking hubs other than these please comment below.
There are a few new coworking spaces launched I noticed recently after my journey. Interestingly some of them were in Trivandrum. I would like to list 5 of them.
1. B-Hub — Trivandrum
B Hub is a provider of coworking spaces to businesses, investors, students, freelancers and other professionals. Located in Thiruvananthapuram, it offers 24x7 access to fully furnished open spaces as well as conference rooms, a private phone area, projectors and high-speed Internet. It also hosts workshops and business meetups. Interested users can opt for a variety of plans ranging from hourly to monthly usage.
2. Dot space — Trivandrum
Dot Space is a provider of managed co-working spaces operating in India. The company offers fully furnished, plug and play offices with amenities such as access to the internet, lockers, cafeteria and more to its registered members. It also provides virtual office services at its locations. Businesses, amenities such as access to the internet, lockers, cafeteria and more to its registered members.
Membership packages are available onwards of INR 4,000/month.
Phone: +91–9447 325 886, +91–8136 885 335
3. Wbip — Trivandrum
Women’s Business Incubation Programme enables women entrepreneurs to make their digital business ideas a reality. Located in Thiruvananthapuram, it invites applications online and selects entrepreneurs on the basis of their startup ideas. Selected candidates can choose from different workshops and incubation processes and are provided access to office space, internet connectivity, networking events and business mentoring.
Funding is also provided through collateral-free loans from private and public sector banks.
4. The Office Kochi— Cochin
The Office Kochi provides stylishly designed office spaces ranging from coworking spaces to serviced office suites to suit different needs. Located on MG Road in Kochi, The Office features fully furnished spaces with all amenities including meeting rooms, internet connectivity, tech support and reception services. Customers opt for simple monthly plans that do not require huge capital expenditure and involve a simple, automatic billing process.
Memberships are of three types — Gold, Diamond and Platinum.
5. InQ Innovation — Cochin
Inq is a collective working environment for professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators. The members have access to the common talents and knowledge of the coworkers, creating a mutually collaborative environment and interaction that is invaluable to small businesses, independent workers and growing organizations.
Membership packages are available onwards of INR 7,500/month.
Phone: +91–95393 55510, +91–9539355520
6. Weespaces — Calicut
Weespaces provides a furnished office in the heart of the city. A huge array of various type of office space in Calicut to help start-up entrepreneurs materialise their dream. Wee Spaces provides tailor-made offices spaces to suit your need and in a budget that won’t create a dent in your pockets. Based on your team size you can select a cabin, a cubicle or an office desk to help nurture a competent and creative team.
Cabins: Closed-door cabins. Can accommodate team members ranging from three to six.
Cubicles: Half walled cubicles, perfect for a team of four.
Office Desks: Best suited for new budding entrepreneurs, who are ready to expand with the help of partners.
7. Coffice Hub — Calicut
Coffice creates a quiet and spacious eco-friendly work environment perfectly crafted for the entrepreneur in you to tinker with your ideas in calmness. Mingle with our community of like minds inspired to follow their dreams and make it happen. Located on the coastal lanes of Arabian sea, our serene, airy co-working space is the perfect space to kick-start your productivity.
Membership packages are available onwards of INR 4,000/month.
I am Shyjal Raazi from Calicut, Kerala currently working on https://collect.chat, an automated chatbot widget powering thousands of websites around the world. Read about the journey of this startup at -https://medium.com/hackernoon/bootstrapping-a-10k-month-chatbot-startup-in-the-pursuit-of-freedom-d98ac301528f
Read my interview at https://7questions.co/interview/shyjal-raazi-cofounder-collect-chat/
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