An entrepreneur's delight, Indore sits in the west-central part of India and is known for its 7 story Rajwada Palace and the Lal Baag Palace, which date back to Indore’s 19th-century Holkar dynasty. For those into a bit of creepy stuff you can meander around tombs and cenotaphs at Chhatri Baag that honor the Holkar rulers or stuff your face on street food at the night market, Sarafa Bazaar. If you are a bit of a design guru you should check out the mirrored mosaic interior of the Jain temple, Kanch Mandir or have a gawk at the Indo-Gothic Gandhi Hall and clock tower.
Indore has long been recognized as the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh and a manufacturing center, but it is now playing catch-up with its tech startups. The grounds of IIM-I and the IIT campuses are bringing to the fore a swell of innovative and talented souls aimed at healthcare, edu-tech and social sectors. In spite of its reputation as having a bit of a "small-town" mindset, an ecosystem is appearing and a startup community gaining momentum.
With its low business operation costs and talent on tap, entrepreneur and investor networks are springing up in the city which includes the likes of Entrepreneurship Network, Startup Ignition, Indore Startup Community, Jain Social Group and Swan Angel Network to name a few. Weekly meetups are happening between entrepreneurs, mentors, angel funds and venture capitalists, which is energizing the tech community.
Living costs are low, there is good infrastructure in place and already there has been an emergence of location-specific startups such as goods delivery apps (grocery, food) and service aggregators (cabs, events, doctors, household works).
You can tuck into some traditional curries and explore its colorful world in your downtime.
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