It’s a Huddle of Start-ups!
Huddle, a co-working incubator, launches its first space in Cyber City Gurugram, and promises to be a game-changer for the start-up ecosystem. How? We speak to the partners – Sanil Sachar and Ishaan Khosla about this innovative space.
For the 25-year-old co-partner Sanil Sachar, age is just a number that speaks about your experience. “It creates a hierarchy towards progress which is very counter intuitive to what is happening nowadays. People are bringing bigger changes in just a matter of days. At the age of 25, we are steering the right functionality to the right people to get the right aspect of starting out,” he feels, “so it’s never too soon.”
Huddle is a game-changer for the start-up ecosystem providing intellectual, social and financial capital for startups. “We help them find a mentor, who is also an investor, so that one is just not creating something and cashing it out but also value adding it with different aspect,” he claims. “The idea is to bring a tailor-made mentorship, focussing on supporting start-ups through their vast network in the financial services, healthcare, technology, AI, agritech, consumer goods and services and manufacturing sectors. This mentorship is provided on a one-on-one basis for each mentor and Huddler relationship is structured on a weekly basis,” tells Khosla.
“Personal touch creates lasting relations and that’s why we have created a launchpad for startups to begin a relation that will help them last longer in the ecosystem,” echoed Sachar and Khosla who in collaboration with Rakesh Bhatia, Sanjiv Sachar and Suhail Chander have launched their first co-working incubator space in Gurugram.
Huddle has an impressive mentor panel bringing together key stakeholders of the start-up community under one roof. The panel includes senior leaders such as Gautham Mukkavilli, Former India Beverages CEO, PEPSICO; Bhaskar Pramanik, Former Chairman, Microsoft India; Indrajit Banerjee, Former President & CFO, Ranbaxy Laboratories; Ravindra Pisharody, Executive Director, Tata Motors Ltd.; Manoj Kohli - Executive Chairman, Softbank Energy to name a few.
A self-funded, 60-work station space with an exclusive brainstorming room bringing thought process and knowledge in collaboration with industry-specific guidance, Huddle offers a unique approach to investment opportunities. “HealthStart has committed to invest into 5 startups each year (Rs. 20-25 lakh per startup) further propelling Huddlers through investor showcases, events, and sourcing, as well as through evaluating healthcare related innovations,” says Sachar.
Access to partnerships with external business function providers, including Legal (ILPS and Alpha Partners), Advisory (Grant Thornton), Hospitality (Lemon Tree Hotels), and an exclusive partnership with Singapore Angel Network and Mumbai Angel Network are a few of the major attractions for the new-age entrepreneurs to make the most of this new co-working space.
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