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Bareilly’s oil King

As a 29-year-old, Ghanshyam Khandelwal started a mustard oil unit at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, which used to be a real small town back in the 1980s. What started with Rs 10 lakh is now a Rs 2,500 crore turnover company, says Sofia Danish Khan

A glossy finish

Raised in a middle class family in a small town in Maharashtra, Harshal Jarode visited state capital Mumbai first time for his engineering counselling. Today, his two-year-old paint brand competes with giants in the industry, says Usha Prasad

Staying motivated

Growing up in a middle class family in a small town, Aunkita Nandi stayed motivated and overcame all the odds to build a USD 10 Million valued company that she started with rented computers along with her American boyfriend, says Partho Burman

Highway to Success

Growing up in a joint family, Rahul Omprakash Rai went on to start an infrastructure company investing Rs 2 lakh that now generates a turnover of Rs 7 crore bagging sub-contracts for building bridges, power plants and roads, says Partho Burman

Leaves that Matter

Two friends who won a series of prizes at college level competitions for their eco-friendly plates made of areca palm leaves started a business with Rs 20,000 and ten years later have made it into a Rs 18 crore turnover company, says Partho Burman

Vada with love

Two youngsters who met in college and fell in love with each other started a vada pav shop with an investment of Rs 5 lakh. Experimenting with fusion vada pav, they built a Rs 20 crore turnover eatery chain in just five years, says Bilal Khan

 
Farm girl

Many would have buried their entrepreneurial dreams after failing in their first venture at a young age of 22, but not Archana Stalin, who has bounced back to create a successful second enterprise through organic farming, says Usha Prasad

Cooking up success

Two college buddies with a passion to start a venture of their own were pushed to taking the entrepreneurial plunge during the COVID lockdown. They built a profitable business of electric pressure cookers in just eight months, says Partho Burman

Magic of biryani

With an investment of Rs 5,000 two teenage brothers introduced biryani at their small eatery in Kolkata. Today, their restaurant chain is a hot destination for biryani lovers and has grown into a Rs 15 crore turnover business, says Partho Burman

Honey is money

Engineering graduates Ramya Sundaram and Mithun Stephen decided to step out of their comfort zones to work with tribal honey farmers and launched a honey brand with Rs 7 lakh, which is now nearing a turnover of Rs 3.5 crore, says Usha Prasad

Never say quit

Facing the storms of life with fortitude and courage, Upma Kapoor, is today the proud owner of a personal body care startup. Started with Rs 8 lakh in 2017, the bootstrapped venture has now touched a turnover of Rs 2.2 crore, says Sofia Danish Khan

Snuggled in comfort

Punit Patni was 22 and fresh out of college when he fell in love with the bed sheets he saw in a factory. Usha Prasad tells the story of how he turned that love into an opportunity and built two companies with combined turnover of Rs 9.25 crore