The State of Coworking and Serviced Office Business In Dhaka In 2020
Over the past three years, Dhaka has seen an increasing number of coworking spaces and ready office spaces to begin operation. According to the coworking space listing website Coworker, there are some 19 coworking and serviced office providers in Bangladesh, between Dhaka and Chattogram. While the list has some inactive names such as inHouse in it, the list is pretty much representative of the growing demand for ready office space in Bangladesh.
A growing startup community, rising interest in independent freelancing, and changing working style have helped fuel a slow but steady demand for coworking and ready office facilities. For small startup teams, managing an office is both expensive and a hassle. Coworking spaces offer a relatively superior solution to that problem.
Many coworking spaces in Dhaka claim to offer affordable space, opportunity to be part of a community, and a host of other interesting perks meaningful to startups, freelancers, consultants, and people interested in productivity and new way of working.
Hubdhaka, one of the earliest coworking space in Dhaka, was launched in 2014. The same year global serviced office provider Regus opened its first space in Bangladesh. Hubdhaka today has a successfully running space in Mirpur. Regus expanded and today has a presence in two locations in Dhaka: Panthapath and Gulshan.
Moar, another coworking space, was founded in 2015 and today, has space in two locations – Banani and Dhanmondi.
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Ruhul Kader is a technology business and technology policy analyst based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Future Startup and author of Rethinking Failure: A short guide to living an entrepreneurial life. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, technology policy, and society. He can be reached at [email protected]