A city in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore is perched on the banks of the Noyyal River closeted by the mountains of the Western Ghats. With a population of 1.601 million, Coimbatore is the 2nd largest city (after Chennai) in the state. The town is also known by the names "Koyai" and "Coyamuthur" just to confuse you if you are looking on a map. Today one of the largest exporters of jewellery, wet grinders, poultry and auto components, Coimbatore is where you can gawk at a huge collection of preserved tree trunks as the Gass Forest Museum or go chasing some birds and butterflies that flitter about the Singanallur Lake. Housing more than 25,000 small, medium and large industries, the city is often referred to as the "Manchester of South India". It's a significant manufacturing, education and healthcare hub that is one of the fastest growing tier-II cities in India. The second largest producer of software in the state, it's ranked 17th among the top global outsourcing cities. Coworking venues are bustling hives of activity as are the Information technology parks dotted around the city.
Local IT gurus are expounding that it's a good time to be an entrepreneur in India, as the market has matured from being just a bubble. Startups are hitting new highs, and global investors are putting funds into the sector, whilst innovative Indians are attempting to create the next billion-dollar company. The IT sector ranges from e-commerce to fitness and art, as it's being driven by India's expanding economy, rising disposable income and the tech boom.
Coimbatore, as with the rest of India has its quota of new entrepreneurs giving up their day jobs to jump on the startup bandwagon. Coworking venues are supporting these brave souls whether they are students or seasoned professionals by giving them the space to mingle, collaborate and the space to get their stuff done before they rush home to gorge on some "kaalaan" - think mushrooms in a spicy broth that resembles porridge.
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