People have often asked me who are looking to come back to Belagavi and work in the new Technology based companies located here. Coming back to your home town could be nostalgic, but it’s a bed of roses with thorns, which many ignore and some know about the thorns but come back due to some compulsion.
While it may be nostalgic to get back to Belagavi, one has to understand and be prepared to work with smaller companies with not really so much name & fame, cash reserves to pay metro-like salaries. One should look at coming to Belagavi to make a career and if possible be a partner/core team member of the companies located here. Aim to grow with the company you are associated with and hitch your commercial returns with the success of company!
There is myth in IT domain as to what really start-up means. All those overseas start-ups which come to India with fat salaries, bounty ESOPs, state of the art work place etc are not really “start-ups” In fact they are “started-up” in US or other place and are coming to other geographies for pure business reasons!
Things are however changing, there are home grown companies entirely based in India and then looking at Global market/presence. May be you will get to experience a real ‘start-up’ life in such firms at a very early stage of formation.
The situation is not any different either in other fields. If you wish to come here and settle be prepared for lesser reward. Cost of living in Belagavi and the metros are unquestionably lower and hence the lower remuneration package might also end up you saving the same amount as you did earlier. But there are limitations to this which one should understand. Belagavi is place which moves on its own pace, there is no hurry as in Mumbai or Pune.
Many call it a laid back city. Traveling from Angol to Kakti for work is like, so Far, no way. For people in other cities this may be just half of their one way travel to work or even lesser.
Many of the Technology companies who have started up here and have predominantly come back to work from here may what come, have faced a lot of difficulties and major one being skilled workforce, and hence most of them have offices else where in the metros.
Highly skilled people don’t want to come to a smaller city and work, due to various reasons of lifestyle and other issues. So to fill in the gap the startups here prefer to have offices in the metros where such highly skilled personnel work and many be travel to the HO in Belagavi once in a while.
Again Belagavi has that unique characteristic, here the govt works at a different pace and style. We have an IT park envisaged by some great bureaucrat about a decade ago but, still the same is unutlized. No big companies have shown keen interest to open offices here, but have preferred to select Hubballi over Belagavi, may it be Infosys or setting up the IIT.
The city of Belagavi has just become a pool of talent, which like a river flows from here through many of its tributaries but leaves this land dry.
Many would now say with the setting up of the AEQUS SEZ, there has been some inflow of skilled work force from the metros but again that has been limited and if the same would spread across all domains of technology, the entire landscape of the city could change.
Political will to get new industries to the city is most worrying factor, no new big industries have been set up here in the recent past, all the industries of world class stature who are exporting to the entire world have been set up by local Belagavi entrepreneurs alone. But again they to have a limited scope for expansion. The IteS has seen tremendous growth, but even the same has not picked up here as expected.
So for all those looking at Belagavi as a destination to move please make up your mind and will. While the transition will be challenging it will be rewarding in the long run. The journey itself is an experience!