This blog post was updated in May 2017.
If you’ve followed my advice on not burning out, you know how important it is for freelancers to get out of the house and get a dedicated workspace.
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Well, it seems that advice goes for startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses too. In order to get your work really underway, you need to have a space to work regularly.
However, if you’re just starting out, it can be difficult to find the funds to rent an office space—usually with long-term contracts and extra building fees, utilities, setting up your networks, etc.
It can be an overwhelming undertaking.
Good news though. Coworking spaces have been growing rapidly all over the world. Today, we’ll look at the top 11 coworking spaces in Bangalore, now known as Bengaluru, a buzzing hub for IT startups and entrepreneurs.
91springboard is a vibrant coworking community created for startups, freelancers and business owners with a startup mindset. It is the largest coworking space provider in India with 3 hubs in Bangalore.
This is a large and lively space that has a simple ‘plug-and-play’ format. The plans are tailored to members’ individual needs, knowing quite well the difference between a freelancer who comes in part time and a 20-person team that needs privacy.
Special feature: the 91springboard team organizes a number of free meetups and events aimed at the larger entrepreneurial community across their cities, ranging from networking opportunities, workshops and talks, to investor pitch sessions.
This is a coworking space with a nice twist—it has a bar right in the middle. Well, actually, the workspace is above the bar; either way, it’s a great-looking place for creative people to get together and collaborate. It’s marketed towards those entrepreneurs, startups and small business people who would prefer more social in their work.
The workspace is members-only, and you’ll need to apply for a monthly membership to get in.
Special feature: Because it’s part bar/café/coworking space, the entire monthly fee is redeemable for their delicious food and drinks.
BHIVE is a great space for those entrepreneurs seeking a great community atmosphere while they work. There are prices for daily, weekly, and monthly access, although the best benefits come with membership. There are regular events, speaking engagements, and a vibrant collaborative community.
Special feature: Offers great events as well as discounts with brands like IBM Global Entrepreneur Program and Amazon Web Services.
A different type of coworking space, Construkt bills itself as a hostel/coworking space for the traveling startup and creative community. Envision it as a combination of a low-cost (but quality) hostel and business-oriented working space for entrepreneurs to work together, bounce ideas off each other, or just assist in other ways.
Special feature: Laundry, fresh towels and linen, and a self-catering kitchen.
This coworking space/makerspace is geared towards those entrepreneurs in the product design, digital fabrication, or green technology. There are lots of great and necessary tools needed for entrepreneurs to do their projects, as well as the collaboration from those fellow innovators around you.
Special feature: Pretty much a design and innovator playground with 3D printer and laser cutter.
One of the first coworking spaces in Bangalore, Jaaga attempts to create an entrepreneurial up-and-coming community usually focused on social impact via technology. There’s a wonderfully breezy terrace and open layout, with many other great benefits.
Special feature: Free credits with AWS, IBM, etc., and free access to hardware kitchen (3D printers and other prototyping tools).
As with some other coworking spaces here, The Hive has its own thing: it’s located right in the middle of a mall (well, actually spread across three floors), and presents its unconventional space as potential inspiration for entrepreneurs and their teams.
Special feature: Besides being in a mall, it has a common game room, spa and discounted gym memberships.
This contemporary coworking space is located in the heart of Bangalore’s Central Business District in Prestige Towers. It is a remarkably well-designed open-plan workspace suitable for a variety of entrepreneur and business needs.
Special feature: Beyond its well-stocked pantry, special offers and discounts from brands such as AWS and One Paper Lane, its greatest feature is the location.
This company has coworking spaces all across India, but the one in Bangalore embraces the liberated workspace, offering a more flexible and collaborative working environment for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small businesses and their teams. It has a wide variety of different room choices.
Special feature: Provides extensive network of credible services in Accounting, Finance, Legal, Marketing and others.
Golden Square (Koramangala)
Billed as a premium coworking space, Golden Square’s Koramangala branch is great for IT teams and entrepreneurs who enjoy quality surroundings and a substantive office location.
Special feature: Serviced offices provide the best of traditional offices (phone answering, cleaning, etc.) at coworking prices.
Located right in the very center of Bangalore, this coworking space was formerly known as Cobalrt BLR. There is a great community of entrepreneurs and business teams working there constantly, so it’s great for collaboration, but also functions as an accelerator to boost your business idea. However, if you prefer to be in silence, there’s an option for that too.
Special feature: Offers a 1-6 month accelerator program, as well as social activities such as Tuesday movie screenings.
Check out the map below to find the best coworking space for your needs:
Did we miss any other great Bangalore coworking spaces? Let us know in the comments below!