Sunday, November 28, 2010

Newbie entrepreneurs with XLRI tag launch consultancy firm

From The Telegraph

Jamshedpur, Nov. 24: If two’s company, four’s a tourism company called Odyssey Wonder.
Fresh from XLRI’s enterpreneurship classes, the quartet of Prativa Gupta, Abhishek Kumar, Chandan Thakur and Shadab Akhter has launched a tourism consultancy firm in Jamshedpur. Their aim: if not god’s own country, then make Jharkhand a guest’s own state at least.
The four were part of the first batch of 50, including 12 girls, who recently got their degrees after completing the six-month postgraduate programme for certificate in enterpreneurship management. Of them, only Shadab is a city boy. Prativa is a Calcutta girl, while Abhishek and Chandan hail from Bokaro and Durgapur, respectively.
“We started this venture as we wanted to promote tourism, which has immense potential in Jharkhand. Besides consultancy, we will also help start-ups in tourism,” said Prativa, and added they had applied for the firm’s registration.

Prativa, the only girl in the gang, said she had worked with Singapore Airlines for two years before coming to Jamshedpur to join XLRI. “I am an adventure freak. I always loved tourism. But the XLRI course triggered our business venture,” she said.

Chandan Thakur, with an MBA under his belt, opted for the enterpreneurship course to gain confidence to do something on his own. “Full marks to XLRI for designing such a course for entrepreneurs. Our fledgling company has already bagged a tourism project at Hata on the city outskirts,” he said.

Shadab said that they would soon initiate talks with clubs and hotels in Jamshedpur to offer tourism-related services. “We will help them organise events, adventure sports and games,” he said.

Enterpreneurship Development Centre chairperson Prabal Sen expressed pleasure over initiatives taken by the quartet. “They have selected the right business vertical. It has great scope in Jharkhand. Consultancy by their firm will be effective,” he said.

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