The term ‘entrepreneurs’ is not just associated with techies and B- school alumni anymore. Students from various fields are now getting into diverse businesses — from filmmaking to running an adventure tour company to even manufacturing quirky badges. Here are a few masterminds:
Sneha Prasad, 20
This advertising student at Wilson College owns StarShine Productions, which has produced four short films besides commercials. “I knew how to edit, and had an eye for photography. My friend could direct and is a brilliant cinematographer. The rest of the team just came together while a project developed,” she says. The films can be viewed on their YouTube channel. “It all starts with an idea, and before you know it you are loaded with money,” says Sneha.
Benett Nathan, 19
With a little support from his mom, Benett started Shalom Travels, which handles international ticketing, visa services, event management and tour operations. They have 52 clients. “Though I plan to pursue a career in advertising, I will continue with this business,” says Benett, a BMM student at Wilson College.
Arkapravo Basak, 22
Besides designing logos, web layouts and coffee table books, Arkapravo also juggles a hectic advertising course at Wilson College. He laments the fact that people in the field get underpaid: “The books you read, and the pages you admire are designed by visual artists, but how often are they given their due credit?”
Sanjit Roy, 19
While most students would pin funky badges to their college bags, Sanjit Roy has cashed in on the trend. This BMM student from Hinduja College and his friend started The Flying Saucer, a company that makes customised badges of different sizes and themes. Their merchandise selsl like hotcakes on campuses, especially during fests. “Our first customer came within a week and we haven’t been off duty since,” says Sanjit CEO, The Flying Saucer.
Three students once came up with an idea to get people away from the hustle and bustle of city life. And that’s how Jumpstart India was conceptualised by 23-year-old media students Akul Tripathi, Ryan Thomas and Dhiren Talpade. The firm organises adventure treks, trails, mountain climbs, white water rafting etc. They also organised The Great Gig in the Sky, a concert tour in offbeat locations, featuring artistes like Nikhil D’souza, Ankur Tewari, Caralisa Monteiro and others.