Entrepreneurship today is being embraced as one of the topmost ways to channelize one’s creative influx in a profitable direction. Those youngsters who have understood the “art” of entrepreneurship have given wings to their ideas as soon as in their undergrad years. Yes, there exist such students who are not bound by institutional degrees and who just can’t wait for the formal education to be completed to achieve their goals.
This trend has brought into being many young entrepreneurs particularly from Kolkata. Things common in all these youngsters is first, a creative idea and second, courage, will, and determination to change the idea into a start-up. Here are the stories of three such young entrepreneurs from Kolkata:
1. Ranodeep Saha
He is the founder of Rare Planet, which has monthly turnover of 7.5 lakh. Student of West Bengal University of Technology, Ranodeep Saha’s success story is quite filmy and interesting. As India Times reports, Saha’s love for the girl who used to adore kulhars, and the rejection he faced by her, got him in the business of painting kulhars. Painting of Kulhars extended itself to the making of earthen handicrafts, and further to microwave-proof, handpainted earthen utensils.
Right now Rare Planets has a set of skilled workers who make these handicrafts and earthenware, which are exported to Australia and New Zealand as well.
2. Rituparna Paul
Rituparna Paul is the founder of Goynar Baksho, a start-up which deals in Junk Jewellery. She is the student of Jadavpur University and earlier used to work under one of her seniors, making wooden jewelry. Later on, she was hit with the realization that she has learnt enough of this craft to go solo, and she came up with Goynar Baksho, which has the monthly turnover of Rs. 7,000 on an average.
She makes jewelry with waste material, oxidized gold, and silver, and takes orders from her Facebook page. Seeing the popularity of junk jewelry amongst youth, Rituparna also goes to various college fests and such events to sell her jewelry.
3. Sayan Chakraborty
Sayan is the student of St. Xavier’s, Kolkata and owns his self-founded startup, Where’s the Food. His struggles in finding good and cheap food while in first year of undergrad, lit up the idea of this startup which is bent on providing good food at low cost 24/7. He, with his friends also took to Social Media, creating pages where people can place their orders. The best thing is they cook and deliver by themselves only.
Buy selling 500-700 food parcels on an average, Where’s the Food has the monthly turnover of 15 lakh.