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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

Health & Wealth

Ridhima Arora gave up a fledgling corporate career to be near her father, who had been diagnosed with liver cirrhosis. Now her father is not only well but she also owns a business that made Rs 1 crore under a year, says Sofia Danish Khan

Flash sale

Gaurav Kackar and Ankur Kackar launched a pre-owned furniture business on a Facebook page, using the driveway of their house as an open warehouse. They have scaled their homegrown business into a Rs 14 crore turnover company, says Usha Prasad

Labour of love

Pritesh Asher and Megha Asher, childhood buddies turned life partners were on the brink of bankruptcy when they launched Juicy Chemistry, a skincare products venture with Rs 5,000, which is now a Rs 25 crore turnover brand, says Sofia Danish Khan

A beautiful mind

Nikunj Bali, who hails from a small town in Haryana, studied in a government residential school. He is now a successful product scientist in the personal care industry drawing a whopping salary of Rs 20 lakh per annum, says Sofia Danish Khan

Fortune in glass

Born into a middle-class family, Md Shadan Siddique started a showroom selling different kinds of decorative glasses, investing Rs 3 lakh along with three others. His venture has now grown into a Rs 5 crore turnover company, says Gurvinder Singh

A silken touch

Former IBM engineer Anjali Agrawal quit her high paying job and started her own successful homegrown venture dealing with sarees, dupattas, and home d├ęcor made of traditional Kota Doria fabric investing Rs 25,000 in 2014, says Usha Prasad

Match fixing duo

Two college friends came together to launch a personalised matrimonial service investing Rs 4 lakh in 2015. Tying up with a few likeminded women with a wide social circle, they are fixing marriages and earning in crores, says Sofia Danish Khan

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