New Delhi, 1 February 2015: Startup ecosystem is increasing in India and where is the best place to discuss the business. We pen down those places-
Costa Coffee – Koramangala
Valerie Wagoner, founder of Zip-Dial, recently tweeted: ‘Tip for Investors in India: Hang out at Costa Coffee in Koramangala in Bangalore. At least 8 companies being started!’ It’s doubtless the No. 1 startup hangout in India’s startup capital. There are startup founders who literally work out of this joint. It helps that Koramangala, including adjacent areas like HSR Layout, has the highest concentration of startups in Bengaluru.
Cafe Max – Indiranagar
Indiranagar is another startup hub in Bengaluru; the Max Mueller Bhavan cafe has a rooftop ambience, German food and is ideally located for meetups.
Cafe Noir – UB City
It’s a central location, resembles a Parisian cafe, with a casual outdoor setting of food. A techie lair, really!
Cafe Coffee Day Square – Vittal Mallya Road
It’s well spaced out with very comfortable sofas and CCD’s signature coffees. Many startups and VCs have confidential meetings here, says Ravi Gururaj, head of the Nasscom Product Council.
Oberoi – MG Road
Many investor meets happen here. It’s centrally located and has good metro rail access. Very green.
Roots – Gurgaon
It’s right in the centre of Gugaon with an open-air ambience. There’s plenty of free parking, a luxury in the town.
Safdarjung Development Area
Lots of cafes dot SDA, which is right opposite IIT-Delhi. Many startup founders emerging out of this prestigious institue like to hang around the area. SDA has a number of meeting points, including Barista, Cafe Qahwa, Chaayos and Costa Coffee.
Aromas Cafe – Powai
Cafe chains in Powai, which is becoming a startup hotspot, are drawing in a lot of entrepreneurs. Besides Aromas, there’s Starbucks and Cafe Bean Garu.
R City Mall – Ghatkopar (W)
Ghatkopar too is the angel’s favourite. Just drop at LeCafe and Starbucks in this Mumbai mall. Lots happening!
Coffee Time – Pune
“We have 30-40 startup events every month. Most networking happens at these events. Entrepreneurs hang out at these events and follow it up with focused meetings at cafes,” say Navin Kabra and Amit Paranjape, co-founders of PuneTech, an organization that connects startups.