1) Real Big Fish Ventures
Umang Tewari, owner of 'The Big Fish Ventures' has attracted Delhiites and outsiders over the years into his popular joints- The Junkyard café, OMG and the Vault café. The latest addition to his kitty is 'Dabbang café,' his new café, in collaboration with Arbaaz Khan. Slowly he plans to transform India's dining culture with some of the largest premium dining lounges. Tewari's inspiration comes from food and music scene which led him to venture into the hospitality sector and today he has Yuvraj Singh's brand Youwecan as an investor.
2) Wow what momos!
Sagar Jagdish Daryani and Binod Kumar Homagai founded Wow!Momo at the age of 21 by tapping into Kolkata people's love for this Tibetan delicacy. And now several years down the line, the momo brand has turned into the country's largest chain of momos with over 100 outlets across eight cities. They carved a niche for themselves in the rapidly growing market and into the quick service restaurant industry. They now dream to take their business overseas.
3) Saffron Stays create spaces where families bond
Devendra and Tejas Parulekar quit their cushy job, a great apartment and many international holidays to start Saffron Stays, their brainchild, a luxurious homestay concept that has created experiences where families bond. It all started with some vague ideas like 'comfort food' or something that gave Tejas immense satisfaction. And then the ideas spilled onto common interests like travelling. Whenever they travelled together to far-off, exotic destinations like France or Spain they experimented with hotels. Over the years they ideas remained and lingered with them until they finally decided to give shape to it by Saffron Stays.
4) Don't let your guard down at startup offices
Post Uber and TVF incidents, sexual harassment issues are again sticking their heads out. And it is seen in most cases its men who have made advances towards their female colleagues. There have also been cases of sexism and misogyny, in situations of 'abuse of power' and exploitation, according to experts. Following the rules set by the Supreme Court in 2013 on 'The Sexual Harrasment of Women at Workplace,' many domestic employers, worried about potential trouble, have adopted or are adopting anti-harrasment policies.
5) Crafting welfare for all
Mallika Bhattacharya, founder and director of Raka Crafts Welfare Society (RCWS), a NGO associated with handicrafts now has 400 underprivileged women in its fold who develop handicraft products and make livelihood out of them. The road to her empowerment started with her enrolment for a training programme in Batik painting and needle work at Vidyasagar Bani Bhawan, government institute in Kolkata. In the next two years, she underwent a series of skill development programmes in weaving, craft making, embroidery, travel and tourism and food processing.
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