Locally referred to as "Vizag", the port city of Visakhapatnam is an industrial center sitting in the state of Andhra Pradesh on the Bay of Bengal. Its history goes way back to the 6th Century BC and archaeological records indicate that the town of today was built around the 11th and 12th Centuries. It has been trampled over by marauding hordes and came under British colonial rule in 1804, until India's independence in 1947. This is one bustling city with a population of about 2,035,922 inhabitants and the 9th largest contributor to India's overall GDP. Amidst the chaotic hustle there are many tech savvy locals dreaming of creating their own future and coworking venues are giving them the space to connect and collaborate with likeminded souls.
Named as one of the 100 fastest growing cities in the world, it is a seafood-exporting enclave moving in the vicinity of 127,000 tons annually. Its fishing harbor was established in 1926 and is one of the oldest and the largest providing employment for about 50,000 souls. There are 2 ports in the city, namely the Visakhapatnam and the Gangavaram, plus there is the Hindustan Shipyard that does the building and repairing for the Indian naval fleet. Nicknamed "The Jewel of the East Coat" as well as "The City of Destiny", it has been selected to be developed as a smart city, under the Smart Cities Mission. The 3rd cleanest city in India, Visakhapatnam is known for its beaches, an elaborate Kali Temple and the Visakha Museum.
Vizag is a thriving IT hub with many national and multi-national firms such as IBM, Tech Mahindra, Infotech and Wipro to name a few. It is home to India's first ultra modern medical equipment manufacturing and testing facility, Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone Limited that is open to innovators and manufacturers. It has numerous incubation centers such as Fintech Valley Vizag and Sunrise Startup Village. The growth in the IT sector is boosting the local economy and coworking spaces are making it easier for creative individuals to get together in collaborative bliss to keep Vizag forging ahead.
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