#The Senate Business Center...the exclusive workplace solution provider
Emerging Brand : Mr. Vikrant Vartak (Managing Director, The Senate Business Center)
Visit The Senate Business Center in Pune and you will undoubtedly experience a state-of-the-art, plug-n-play office environment. One of the premium business centers in Pune, The Senate Business Center is a highly feature-rich commercial workspace offering a vibrant and holistic business environment.
The Founder and Managing Director, Vikrant Vartak shares a special emotional bond with ‘The Senate’, as developing this workplace was like a dream come true for him. His story as a first generation entrepreneur began in 2008 when he started an IT recruitment firm called ‘StealthHunt’ which specialized in ERP, CRM and Business Intelligence hiring.
Vikrant founded The Senate from scratch in April 2013 in Erandwane, Pune. It is through his optimistic approach and consistent effort that The Senate now boasts of having over 90 percent occupancy across its two locations in Erandwane and Wakad (near Hinjewadi). With 250 seats, 45 plush office suites, six conference venues and a large banquet hall spread over 21,000 sq ft across two locations; The Senate is gaining popularity among start-up entrepreneurs and well established firms (MNC & Pan India) alike.
The Senate’s unique value proposition is its promise to offer ‘a Complete Ecosystem for Growth’ through its themes ‘Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Fun & Fitness’.
Vikrant avers “Most conventional workplace solution providers (business centers & co-working spaces) limit themselves to providing serviced offices (physical infrastructure plus services) and business continuity only. Some of them would arrange a few entrepreneurial events in a piecemeal manner too. However, there is no workplace solution provider in Pune which does such ‘intensive’ & ‘extensive’ work in entrepreneurship like us! We suspect that not many players in this industry, across the country too, would be doing the kind of work in the entrepreneurship space as The Senate does!”
Under ‘Entrepreneurship’ theme, The Senate offers unique initiatives like Center for Entrepreneurship Development, Mavens, Talk Shows, knowledge sessions, mixer events, library and Club Senate.
Under ‘Fun & Fitness’ theme, The Senate offers a Recreation Centre, a Reading Lounge (with a Crossword’s kind of seating area), an Open Air Café, a unique six-monthly initiative called The Senate Sports Week and ongoing Yoga & Zumba classes.
Vikrant explains, “While, as a workplace solution provider, we facilitate our client’s work, it’s our endeavour to help them stay fit. Most of our clients operate as small teams in The Senate. Some of them work alone. Activities like Sports Week, ongoing Yoga & Zumba sessions and a facility like Recreation Center get all of them together and closer as friends. This bonding helps create a small ecosystem around them. Moreover, regularly conducted competitive events like Sports Week get their talent to the fore, something that otherwise stays suppressed under the rigmarole of life.”
Several awards and accolades serve as an endorsement of The Senate’s unique philosophy towards adding value to its client’s business & individual growth.
The Senate figured in ‘50 Emerging Startups to Watch in 2018’ list published by a Delhi based magazine called The CEO Magazine in April 2018.
The Senate was also ranked amongst ‘10 Best Startups in Co-working Space - 2017’ by a Bangalore based magazine in December 2017.
Highly passionate about his work, Vikrant is also the founder of Mavens, a CEO Peer Group. Mavens works for the enrichment and holistic development of its members. It comprises of a ‘think tank’ of trusted peer CEOs for entrepreneurs and serves as an advisory board and a learning platform.
The Senate & Mavens organizes Talk Shows with successful entrepreneurs. In the first ten Talk Shows, successful first generation entrepreneurs from Pune were interviewed. They are now running a series called ‘Pride of Pune’ wherein ten more Talk Shows have already been conducted over the period of last three years. These Talk Shows are covered by leading publications like Hindustan Times, The Economic Times, Sakal, Maharashtra Times etc and receive sponsorships from marquee organizations like Audi, Citibank, Deutsche Bank etc. Pune’s iconic ‘jodi’ Chitale Bandhu & Hotel Vaishali provides F&B sponsorship. Vikrant is marching towards making The Senate Talk Shows as Pune’s signature event for entrepreneurs.
Speaking of the future vision for the company, Vikrant says, “We have been following a strategic roadmap towards organization & brand building. We also plan to increase our footprint in Pune by opening more centres. We are already in talks for our third center in Baner. We are also exploring the option to spread our wings to other cities. We are particularly exploring the potential to expand to level two cities like Nagpur, Kolhapur, and Aurangabad etc”.
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