Moonlighting club for young entrepreneurs
It’s never easy for a newcomer in a metropolis to find good, affordable accommodation with like-minded people around. A few people took this problem rather seriously and worked on it to finally come up with an interesting concept —Moonlighting, a social enterprise based on the idea of a common cultural hub created for promising entrepreneurs.
This wi-fi enabled villa-like-co-working space is in a posh GK-I colony and run entirely by house members who come here to stay. The creators of this house support independent professionals, social entrepreneurs, creative heads, researchers and hackers from all parts of the world, who come to Delhi to start their business ventures.
Yatin Thakur, co-founder of Moonlighting community, informs, “The initial concept was by a French entrepreneur Jacob J., who lived in Delhi for sometime and during his stay realised that there should be a set-up for people who visit the city for temporary business start-ups. From time to time we have meet-ups in this house and have fun activities to keep the energy flowing.”
He adds, “This place can accommodate around 10-11 people at a given time and one can stay here for maximum three months. It is designed in an eco-friendly manner and we are also in the process of converting it into a solar-power operated house. It is a premium house and runs with contributions from the guests. In order to get a room here, the house members have to register in advance.”
Domnic Victor, who is the caretaker of this house, reveals that the best part about this place is that it’s always buzzing with people. He says, “I came here in 2011 from Chennai and I liked it so much that I became a permanent member. Here I get to meet people from different countries and get to know about their cultures.”
Parmeet Kaur, a French businesswoman who moved to Delhi from Manchester, says that when she visited Delhi, she had a tough time finding accommodation of her choice, but after shifting to this house she decided to make it her permanent address.
She says, “I’m the exception — I’m the only person who was allowed to stay here for more than three months. I even got a dog in this house. I have my own business and from time to time I help other house members in setting up their ventures.”