The first few years of every startup are crucial; sometimes it’s more about surviving rather than thriving. Due to financial constraints, many companies fail to develop their own office and hence lack the professional environment and exposure required for their company’s growth. In order to support the progressive growth of developing entrepreneurs and freelancers in Pakistan, several co-working spaces have developed.
A co-working space is an office environment shared by many people who are otherwise working independently. These co working spaces provide a solution to the home based businesses and freelancers who are in search of an adequate and reasonable office space. We have compiled a list of the co-working spaces available for businesses, individuals and freelancers in Pakistan:
Description: This vibrant and unique co working space promises high speed internet, backup power and soon 24 hours access.
Location: Nasir Bagh Road, Peshawar.
Description: This spacious office rental company provides all the basic necessities along with a strong networking and also a myriad of funding opportunities when needed. They allow all their customers to use the café.
Location: Tariq Road, Karachi.
Description: At HIVE they aim to gather activists, entrepreneurs, techies, artists in a shared space to work on project ideas that address local and national problems. They also provide mentoring, resources and networking opportunities.
Location: Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi.
LCE Plug N Play Centre
Description: The Plug ‘N’ Play centers will offer an escalating ‘per head’ rent scale to start-ups. Once these centers are up and running, the start-ups can move in within 48 hours of applying to the center if approved, and start using office furniture, utilities, meeting rooms, cafeterias, data centers, receptionist, security guards, office boys, power backup, etc. LCE will hold mentoring sessions at the PNP Centers and invite guest speakers periodically.
Location: LUMS, DHA, Lahore.
Description: This is a one of its kind co working space as it does not require you to pay deposit and no minimum stay required as well. Other than the basic office necessities like desk, high speed internet, meeting rooms, they also provide facilities like plasma TV, gaming lounge etc. for your relaxation.
Location: Lahore Cantt, Lahore.
Description: This state of the art shared working space provides all the necessities required for your startup to grow. They have conference rooms, great networking and also conduct events for startups and freelancers.
Location: Arfa Software Technology Park, Ferozepur Road, Lahore.
Description: Whether you need it for a day or a month, they are flexible enough to cater to your needs. They provide all the basic requirements for an office set up. They have various packages startups can choose from.
Loction: DHA Phase 2, Karachi.
WeCreate Center Pakistan
Description: WECREATE serves as an entrepreneurial community center for women interested in starting or expanding an existing business. The Center provides mentoring, business connections, specialized training, connections to the community, media attention, access to markets and capital along with the technical tools and resources necessary for taking any business to the next level.
Location: F-11 Markaz, Islamabad.
Description: They provide office space to IT setups. With their day and night service, two office locations in Lahore and great packages for the emerging IT entrepreneurs to choose from.
Location 1: Peco Road, Kot Lakhpat, Lahore.
Location 2: Canal bank Road, Lahore.
Description: KickStart is a newly found co-working space in Pakistan which aims to provide efficient and collaborative work environments at minimal cost. They are open from 9am till 2am.
Location: DHA phase 3, Lahore.
Description: The Crib is a co-working space that offers a holistic environment for entrepreneurs and start-ups seeking to launch, manage and grow their companies. Inorder to book your spot, email them your startup pitch or freelance profile.
Location: Al-Hafeez Heights, Lahore.
Description: This casual working space with extremely exotic interior is available with all the basic requirements. They work from 9am till midnight.
Location: Clifton Block 4, Karachi.
Location: Sector: 1-9/3 Islamabad.
Description: A co-working space in Rawalpindi launched by JumpStart Pakistan. Launchpad7 is a cozy and comfortable workspace for entrepreneurs and startups to work with like-minded people and grow their network.
Location: Murree Road, Rawalpindi.
Description: SandBox is a shared work-space created specifically for freelancers, startups, small business owners, telecommuters and other independent professionals.
Location: Main Shahra-e-Faisal, Karachi.
Description: A newly launched co-working space in Lahore for entrepreneurs, freelancers and SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises).
Location: Liberty, Lahore.
The Hive at Islamabad
Description: One of the coolest co-working spaces in the twin cities for entrepreneurs, freelancers and small businesses. The Hive at Islamabad has its own cafe for its customers.
Location: Blue Area, Fazle Haq Road, Islamabad.
Description: A co-working space for freelancers and techies, offers basic facilities like power/internet. Apna Desk also has a separate meeting room for team/client meetings.
Location: Near Expo Center, Lahore.
Co – Net
Description: Co-Net is designed to offer working spaces that are comfortable, relaxing, and have a “been at home” kind of feeling. Co-Net is offering fibre optic internet of T1 level, unlimited tea coffee snacks, small cafeteria, gaming area, meeting room, and above all a great friendly environment. The space is targeted towards people with a broad vision who look beyond the price range and appreciate the environment. Specifically, it is targeted towards small companies, freelancers, startups who need a relaxing place to work.
Location: Suite # 304, anum empire, Shahrah-e-faisal, Karachi