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Hatch Spaces: An Uber-Cool, No-Nonsense Co-Working Facility in the Capital

If it is the absence of an ideal office space that is bogging down your spirits when you sit down to work, look no further than Hatch Spaces in Sasthamangalam. Located in Sasthamangalam, the co-working facility is the latest to open in Thiruvananthapuram to cater to a growing number of freelancers, entrepreneurs and startups This

If it is the absence of an ideal office space that is bogging down your spirits when you sit down to work, look no further than Hatch Spaces in Sasthamangalam.

Located in Sasthamangalam, the co-working facility is the latest to open in Thiruvananthapuram to cater to a growing number of freelancers, entrepreneurs and startups

This uber-cool, eco-friendly co-working space, complete with a TT table, provides an energising ambience, leaving you with no excuse to slack off.

Inaugurated by M Sivasankar IAS. Principal Secretary, Electronics and IT, in June this year, the two-floor facility took shape under retired Naval Architect R Shibu, CEO & Founder, Hatch Spaces. From designing warships to his latest pet project, Shibu has always been enterprising.

“I was the Lead Designer in the Kolkata Class, a class of stealth guided missile destroyers constructed for the Indian Navy. It was then that Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) invited me to mentor one of their startups. I understood then that the fundamentals of mentoring were the same,” he says, adding that Hatch Spaces is an attempt to create a platform where he can help people on a larger scale.

No amenities have been ignored at the facility with 100 Mbps speed internet, open and private air-conditioned, single, double and group-seater spaces with lockable cabinets and cupboards. A six-seater room has a separate entrance from outside. If you seek privacy to make a confidential business call, there’s a space, modelled like a ‘phone booth’ that serves the purpose. A printer is also available.

Carefully chosen colours uplift the spaces. An elevator takes you to the top floor of the co-working space where bean bags await those who prefer a casual work environment. This is apart from a conference room and a 30-seater presentation hall that is equipped with a mike and an HD overhead projector where sport enthusiasts can also watch matches. The airy dining area is also equipped with a coffee machine for those who cannot do without their fix.

Hatch Spaces also provides hourly passes. Shibu says there is a screening conducted before individuals or companies occupy space. “We want a positive and peaceful ecosystem. The nature of work should be respectable and the team a non-aggressive one.”

Hatch Spaces runs on solar power and uses recyclable materials. Regular events like investor sessions, yoga and table tennis contests are also being planned for members. At present, Hatch Spaces hosts a few companies including the Marine Wing of DHI, a Danish multinational.

Shibu remains open to making his space available to people from creative backgrounds. “We are willing to promote entrepreneurs, either working out of this space or outside. They can be theatre performers, dancers or artists.” For details, log on to www.hatchspaces.in

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