Bengaluru: From being the startup capital of India to accommodating a growing number of co-working spaces, Bengaluru has come a long way in nurturing the country’s entrepreneurial culture. Further helping ventures to explore different markets and congenial ecosystems to expand their business, a city-based company has thrown open the doors to the country’s first startup hostel, designed to provide lodging facilities for travelling entrepreneurs, designers and artists, as well as techies.
One of the biggest USPs of this residence, however, is that the amenities provided here are mostly made from upcycled products. For instance, the couch in the lounge area is a remodeled bathtub, while old electric wires are used to make the stools.
“This hostel serves as a microcosm for the booming small-business community, and has been created keeping in mind entrepreneurs’ crunched timelines and tight budgets. It is an offshoot of the backpackers’ hostel model that is popular in Europe, and is stuffed with basic provisions — starting from bunk beds, a common kitchen and a small library of books, to WiFi connectivity and a lot of opportunities to network,” says Elizabeth Riya Roy, the Community Manager at the venture that plans to open up more such spaces across the country in the near future.
A startup hostel brings with it a lot of benefits, says Adesh Maheshwari — the co-owner of an app-development firm from Pune, who stayed at the Indiranagar residence for a while recently. “There are ample opportunities to network, meet more entrepreneurs, be part of events and discussions, explore markets and expand a customer base — all of which can help businesses to develop and sustain,” he adds.