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A Series Exploring The Future of Coworking In Bangladesh: Call For Submissions

Dhaka has seen a surge in the number of coworking spaces in the past few years. Although a relatively new phenomenon, coworking trend is here to stay and several studies predict that co-working space will see healthy growth in the coming years in this part of the world. There are solid reasons for this growth. There are obvious ones, of course, such as a growing startup ecosystem which means the number of startups is growing and the demand for cost-efficient office spaces as well. There is already a large number of gig entrepreneurs (aka freelancers) who usually work out of home and are now increasingly relying on coworking spaces as workspace.

There subtle but stronger reasons as well. The nature of work is changing. Many traditional companies such as bank and multinational corporations are now allowing their employees to work out of their preferred location and places and many of these employees are using coworking spaces and coffee shops as their new work station.

We have done some work on the state of coworking in Bangladesh in the past. When HubDhaka, one of the earliest such spaces, launched a few years ago, we collaborated with them and ran a series of stories on co-working and the future of work in Bangladesh.

Over the past few years, a host of new co-working spaces and ready office companies entered the market such as Moar, Open, Bonik and so on. Some of them are doing great works. Contrary to that, at FS, we have not done much in the space after that initial burst of work.

That’s where our new co-working project comes in. Under the project, our goal is to feature some of the interesting co-working spaces and ready office providers in Dhaka. We plan to interview founders, leaders, and operators of these companies/spaces and dig deeper into the future of work and workspace in Bangladesh.

Nominate: If you know a coworking space or a ready-office provider company in Dhaka that deserves greater attention from the business and technology community in Dhaka, please nominate the company for this series by filling up the short form below.

Process: The process is simple. We will collect nominations in the next few weeks and then start reaching out to these organizations for interviews, be it over a cup of coffee or over an email. We appreciate your kind cooperation.

Queries and partnership inquiries: We are open to partnerships for the series. Please email us at [email protected] with your questions or interest.

Mohammad Ruhul Kader is a Dhaka-based entrepreneur and writer. He founded Future Startup, a digital publication covering the startup and technology scene in Dhaka with an ambition to transform Bangladesh through entrepreneurship and innovation. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, and society. He is the author of Rethinking Failure. His writings have been published in almost all major national dailies in Bangladesh including DT, FE, etc. Prior to FS, he worked for a local conglomerate where he helped start a social enterprise. Ruhul is a 2022 winner of Emergent Ventures, a fellowship and grant program from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He can be reached at [email protected]

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