The capital city in the Chhattisgarh state in the heart of India, Raipur is the largest city in the state. With ruins dating back to the 9th Century, it's actually believed that there is enough evidence to support the theory that people have been running amok in the region since the Mauryan Empire. Raipur has booming industrial and socio-economic sectors and it's set to become the 3rd planned city of India. This capital of ancient kings is a tourist magnet for those who wish to see the birthplace of the saint Swami Vivekananda Sarovar, with the advantage of being able to take a dip in the holy pond. Its museum is decked out with bygone artifacts and various temples such as the Doodhadhari with its beautiful murals, is worth poking your nose into. The educational hub of the region, Raipur is home to numerous education institutions of national importance in engineering, medicine and law. From universities to a plethora of commerce, engineering and management colleges, the town is awash in tech savvy youth who have a penchant for hanging out in coworking venues getting creative.
Local IT gurus are expounding that it is 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 is being driven by India's expanding economy, rising disposable income and the tech boom.
Raipur, 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 intrepid souls whether they are students or seasoned professionals by giving them the space to mingle, collaborate or to get their stuff done before they rush down the road to grab some "bara" (think a light snack of fermented lentils, vegetables and spices) from a street vendor.
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