Chennai is gradually becoming the hub for SaaS based startups. Some notable ones such as Freshdesk, Indix and Zoho credit the city as their home. The progressive startup scene has enabled coworking spaces and incubators to sprout in Chennai. The count of such spaces has reached about 40 and many others are still opening in different parts of the city. Here are the top 10 coworking spaces in Chennai that are serving as launch pads for emergent startups –
1. The Works
A two-storeyed coworking center spread over 4500 sq. ft is one of the first coworking spaces started in Chennai. Founded by Ashwin Shankar, The Works has now spread to seven different locations. Check out the way they have provided multiple desk options to suit different entrepreneurial styles, including a converted T.T table as a workdesk.
Location – 180, Nehru Nagar, 1st Main road, OMR, Perungudi, Chennai – 600096
Features – Mix & match work desks, high-speed internet, cloud printing, conference room, break bar with coffee and beverages
Rental – Rs. 5000 per month per seat and Rs.2800 for flex-pass. Flex-pass gets you 10 working days in a month, flexible seating, unlimited wi-fi for 2 devices and add-on benefits. Daily access pass is Rs.350.
Timings – Mon-Fri – 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday – 9:30 to 5:30 pm. Sundays closed.
2. Karya Space
Located in the cultural hub and neighbourhood of Mylapore, Karya Space is surrounded by popular cafes and restaurants. The community working space is a melting pot for entrepreneurs of all kinds. Don’t forget to try their filter coffee.
Location – 78/132, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore, Chennai – 600004
Features – Unlimited high speed wi-fi, Air-conditioned office, Printing and scanning facilities, Receptionist on-call, conference and discussion rooms, filter coffee and fully equipped self serve kitchen, 24×7 event hosting space
Rental – They have three plans to choose from – Social, Hermit and Gypsy. Hermit offers space for four to six people, Social offers them with fully equipped single workstations and Gypsy is more suitable for the ones who don’t require a full time office and would just like to have an address to host clients now and then. The membership starts from Rs.3000 per month per seat.
Timings – Mon-Fri 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday – 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday closed.
The coworking space in Chennai provides multiple services to growing startups such as modular workstations, personal lockers, private meeting rooms, mail and courier services, reception, dining area, power backup and free beverages. Ikeva provide 24*7 working hours and an option for members to switch between their other centers as well. Located in the IT corridor of OMR, the coworking space provides a host of infrastructure requirements for startups of all kinds.
Location – Level 2, Agnitio Tech Park, Kandanchavadi, Perungudi, OMR, Near Rajiv Gandhi Salai.
Features – Serviced offices, plug & play offices, co-working, meeting room, virtual office, service staff, wi-fi, support staff, IT support and 24×7 access
Rental – Rs. 8500-Rs. 10,500 for co-working
Timings – 24*7 access
This coworking space in Chennai is a great place for freelancers and startup teams with not more than 4 people. Entrepreneur Sooraj Ratna who runs an award winning bio-chemical lab by the name of Swagene, started the space with the intention to provide a launch pad for budding entrepreneurs and freelancers from the surplus area that was lying unused. It can accommodate twelve people at a time and it’s equipped with all the facilities required in a workable space. Check SwaStart if you’re looking for a personable space with a close-knit community working style.
Location – Located in Valechery opposite to Westin hotel
Features – Ergonomic chairs, lockable drawers, air-conditioning, high-speed broadband internet, kitchenette, dining area and meeting room
Rental – Rs. 6000/- per month per seat with a two-month refundable deposit
Timings – Mon-Sat 8 am to 6 pm
5. The Startup Center (TSC)
An accelerator and incubation space for tech startups, TSC boasts of a well-equipped office, pro-active entrepreneur community meetups and workshops, a well-stocked library and a location to envy for for any coworking space in Chennai. If you are a tech based startup, check out their incubator program here.
Location – 8, First Seaward Road Valmiki Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai – 41, Chennai, India
Features – High-Speed WiFi, Lounge / Chill-out Area, Free Coffee / Tea, Free Drinking Water, Beanbags
Rental – Rs. 5000 per month per seat. They also have a flexi-usage plan for daily use for Rs. 400 per day per seat.
Timings – Mon – Sat 9 am to 6:30 pm
This startup coworking space in Chennai has a well-defined strategy for success by reaching out to a niche community. Started by Vandhana Ramanathan and Jinal Patel, WSquare has struck a chord with the women entrepreneurial community in Chennai. Discovering an opportunity, the duo has built an exclusive women only co-working space for women and mothers who had to give up work due to long travel commutes, childbirth or maternity leaves.
Apart from the necessary coworking facilities, the space also boasts of a yoga and fitness center for meditation or workouts, a concierge that avails services for grocery shopping, day care and home-cooked meal takeaways and other sundry services. The recent success of their first space in the Adyar neighbourhood of Chennai is paving the way for their second space coming up in Malad area of Mumbai.
Location – Adyar, Kamaraj Avenue, second street, Chennai
Features – Unlimited wi-fi, 24*7 CCTV surveillance, yoga and fitness room, on-call beauty services, ergonomic chairs, concierge service, workshops
Rental – daily, part-time or monthly passes ranging from Rs. 600 to Rs. 12000 per seat per month
Timings – on request
7. Doxa Business Center
Providing premium services for affordable costs, this co-working space in Chennai hosts startups and entrepreneurs of all kinds. Doxa Business Center provides facilities and services with unmatched prices. They have two centers – one in OMR in the heart of the IT corridor and the other one in Egmore which is the commercial and transportation hub.
Location – 11, Tek Towers, Rajiv Gandhi IT Expressway (OMR), Chennai
Features – Serviced offices, private spaces, virtual office, plug & play office, co-working space, high-speed internet, meeting rooms, well-stocked pantry and cafeteria, parking space
Rental – Co-working standard plan is Rs.6000/- per seat per month and co-working premium plan is Rs.7500/- per seat per month.
Timings – 24*7 access
8. Workafella by Workenstein
In 4 locations in Chennai – Alwarpet, Perungadi, Thoraipakkam, Sholinganallur and also in Hyderabad, Workafella coworking space provides 24*7 access giving ample room and flexibility to grow.
Location – 4 locations – one in Alwarpet and three addresses in OMR in Chennai
Features – Coworking space, private spaces, virtual office, meeting rooms, dedicated workstations, high-speed internet, cafeteria and pantry, disabled friendly space, air-conditioned offices, valet parking, terrace lounge
Rental – on request
Timings – 24*7 access
9. Dimensions Coworking space
A shared space with the mobile and website developing firm of the same name, Dimensions coworking space accommodates up to 14 members. Located in Vadapalani, this coworking space in Chennai caters exclusively to tech startups.
Location – 83/14 Arcot Road, Vadapalani, Chennai
Features – High-speed broadband internet, air-conditioned office, power backup, whiteboards and projector, tea and coffee, it support
Rental – Rs.5000/- per seat. Minimum stay is for 3 months.
Timings – on request
Owned by the Regus group, the world’s largest provider of flexible office solutions, Spaceworks caters to the requirements of the freelancer and startup crowd. Spaceworks’s slogan reads – You do the important stuff. We do everything else.
Location – EA Chambers Tower II, N.o 49/50L, Whites road, Royapettah, Chennai – 600002
Features – ‘Business club’ access, 24*7 access, flexible seating, meeting rooms, cafeteria and pantry, high-speed internet.
Rental – on request
Timings – 24*7
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