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Look who’s attending The Lifestyle Portal’s 1st Entrepreneurial Meetup

There are many startup events, many entrepreneur events – mostly from big brands, institutions and associations. But what makes The Lifestyle Portal’s networking meetup unique is that it is by an e-publishing platform run by a single individual.

As many well-wishers shared with me when I told them about my entrepreneur meetup, “It’s very brave of you to do this. We would have never been able to do this let along think of this.” But then I always had a vision when I launched The Lifestyle Portal seven years ago to be able to provide a platform to budding entrepreneurs in the country and across the globe.


After 17 years in the editorial space, with over seven years of running The Lifestyle Portal, and having featured around 180 entrepreneurs till date, I decided to take the next big step –where I invited almost each and every one of them (if they can make it from all across the globe) to a humble yet promising meetup.

The best part is, most of the entrepreneurs I have worked with so far in documenting their entrepreneurial journey, they have been extremely encouraging, supportive and cheering for me all along the way. Not only that, they take out time from their busy schedule to see how they can be of assistance as and when the need arises. This is the foundation of the ecosystem I am trying to create for entrepreneurs, no matter how big or small we are, and I am so grateful for that.

As I firmly believe that we should create a sustainable ecosystem, not only for our environment, the world we live in, but also for one another as humans and as entrepreneurs.

After weeks of hard work, research, ideating, emails, phone calls, follow-ups, I am proud to share that The Lifestyle Portal has teamed up with MillionMinds as our Knowledge Partner and The Startup Idols as my official Media Partner for the meetup

And here are the people who will be attending the meetup on 11th August 2018 at Hotel Suba Galaxy, Andheri (E). It gives me immense pleasure to introduce who all are attending the meetup. Take a look

1. Sanjay Mukherjee – Founder of The Mountain Walker, RedstoneSummerhill and Chief Strategy Advisor for Peak Pacific.

A dreamer and thinker, Sanjay has invested 29 years in creating artistic and design works in the fields of journalism, media, communication, music, technology-enabled performance support, products, and learning methodologies. Unorthodox in method, and a specialist in Critical Thinking processes, Sanjay has worked in the hospitality, travel, textile, media, eLearning and Learning Solutions industries. A firm believer in the Concept of Mastery, he believes that work – like life – is a performing art. Sanjay has a post-graduate degree in Communication & Journalism, a Master of Arts (History, Psychology) and a bachelor’s diploma in Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition. Read more.

2. Avishek Ganguly – Founder, Calls Incorporated

He is a Talent Acquisition Specialist, Mentor, Career Coach and Soft Skills Trainer with over 18 years of myriad experience of having worked with giants like Accenture, Exl Services and Manipal as well as niche powerhouse companies like Flamingo Pigments and Weavings. An  IIM Trichy pass out, Avishek’s specialization has been in the talent acquisition domain having interviewed and accessed over 30,000 applicants in this span of time. Avishek founded Calls Incorporated in 2005 – a niche talent acquisition company specializing in volume recruitment for the IT/ITES sector for giants of the trade. His company has won multiple awards for excellence in recruitment from the marquee companies like Wipro, First Source, Serco and Genpact. Over the years his have moved organically on from frontline recruitment to recruitment consulting, specializing in an advisory role for start-ups and niche organizations

3. Aparna Mohan – Founder of Let’s Get Lost – ♥ Gifting Partner 

Aparna runs a boutique travel agency based out of Mumbai. She is a PG in Communication & Advertising from MICA, Ahmedabad and has worked with several top brands right from Contract Advertising, Zee Television Network, Brand consulting at The Learning Curve until she founded Let’s Get Lost in January 2016. Read more.

4. Gaurang Chandarana – Founder, Wellzee & Abhisti

Gaurang Chandarana is a National Yoga and Health expert with an MMS certificate holder having 17 years of experience in the BFSI sector, and who actually made Yoga his life and career both. He was nominated for training and projects at GE and became a green belt in Six Sigma Black Belt. Later, he was identified and nominated in HDFC Bank as one of the 12 organization ‘change experts as the National product manager for retail assets. His company just got an initial seed funding round for Wellzee and two of the topmost start-up and health company experts in India have joined his team as advisors. He is also recruiting now and commencing marketing. Read more.

5. Saloni Mirchandani Malkani – Co-Founder, Food Blogger’s Association of India (the FBAI) 

Saloni and her husband Sameer Malkani have done the indomitable task of uniting our diverse country through the common love for food. the FBAI started as a community of food bloggers and has evolved over the years building a community of foodies/food lovers, professional chefs, home chefs, home bakers and restaurant owners. Read more

6. Shriti Pratap – Designer – Shriti Pratap

Shriti is a fashion designer with over 11 years of experience in the industry, having built up a sustainable brand that stands tall for its organic growth and reaches to a global audience today. She has been creatively leading her vision to make the brand more viable each day with worthwhile products, projects and collaborations. The brand supports ethical fashion, conservation and other global fashion campaigns that work towards sustainability. With her sharing
her own assessment studies, fact-finding and deeper understanding of the environmental pollution in the fashion industry, she is doing her tiny bit. And that is what truly makes her brand truly fashion forward.  Read more.

7. Rashmi Bagri – Corporate Trainer, Experiential Educator, Counsellor & Happiness Coach.

Rashmi comes with two decades of experience in Training Education and Counselling. Having worked with the prestigious IIM, Cognizant Solution n NT T Data, Rashmi quitting her corporate job and founded The Curious Mind Learning Solutions, which has four verticals: (1) Emotional Wellness Workshops, (2) Behavioural Workshops, (3) Counselling, Therapies and (4) Enrichment workshops for children. Read more.

8. Rhituparna Mitra – Founder – Our Earth & Us: Striking the Right Balance 

Rhituparna is a B.E. (Electronics & Telecommunication), PG Diploma in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. She has a work experience of 13 years. She moved from software engineering to public relations to corporate communications to a content role at a maternity and childcare startup. Now, she has made achieving sustainability in personal living a motto. On this journey, she is seeking help and sharing her experiences with an online support group that she founded: Our Earth & Us: Striking the Right Balance.

9. Ganesh Nayak – Co-Founder, Animals Matter to Me, Mumbai

Ganesh and his wife, Dheerija, the founders of ‘Animals Matter to Me (Mumbai)’, run one of the most active NGOs in Mumbai, dedicated to the welfare of animals and birds – be it pets or stray. Ganesh and his team are committed to the welfare of all kinds of animal in distress. In fact, they’re coming up with a 17-acre animal rescue/ rehab centre in Kolad, Maharashtra. Read more.

10. Raina Khatri Tandon – Breakthrough Coach, Founder of Coregyan Training & Consulting, Trainer, Mentor and Author

A multi-talented speaker and trainer, a Masters from U.K. in Chip Engg. (VLSI), she conducts workshops in various fields right from Re-LIVE your Relationship – Relationships Mastery Workshop, Transformational Leadership and theme Teambuilding Session, The UNIQUE U !- Your Strengths Your Power, How to be A SUPER Woman Brand, Anger and Stress Management, Money Relationship Code and Women Empowerment Workshops to name a few.

12. Mamta Kalambe – Co-Founder, Tell-a-Tale Studios

Tell-a-Tale Studios is the labour of love of two humans: Nikhil & Mamta. They are visual artists who simply love the art of photography. They use this unique talent to create stunning imagery for businesses and individuals. They are a growing photography and video production venture based out of Mumbai.  Tell-a-Tale specializes in weddings, food, product, corporate photography and corporate videos, documentaries & music videos.

13. Pallavi Mehta – Events Consultant

What inspires The Lifestyle Portal about Pallavi is that, apart from being a wife and a mother of two, she is an Economics Professor. Wait, there’s more. Apart from being a professor, she’s actively involved in radio shows (she anchors many of them on AIR), she’s an Events Consultant and a Google Local Guide. Wait, wait, there’s more! In her spare time (we wonder where she finds more time and how), she writes Hindi poetry, short stories and plays, is a brilliant cook and a wonderful homemaker too. Phew! Read more.

14. Paayel Agarwaal, Founder – The Food Devotee 

The reason we are falling sick today or putting on weight is because of the food we eat. Once we start eating right, our body begins to heal. Get introduced to the right way of eating with The Food DevoteePlant-Basedsed Cooking Workshops and Seminars! The Food Devotee’s Health Seminar- ‘Health is Wealth’ is to empower people to make the right food choices and take responsibility for their own health. The seminar teaches how to align the human body to nature, choosing the correct foods combinations, understanding the ill effects dairy, meat, sugar and processed food, the importance of exercise, sleep and mindfulness and demystifying common health myths. The Food Devotee’s Healthy Plant Based Cooking Workshops are not just about recipes; they are about rediscovering nutrition! They are about the tips, the hacks, the personal recommendations and extending one’s experience for all to gain from.

15. Taniya Nirankari – Co-Founder, Amritsar Express Restaurant

Taniya is a graduate in Management Studies who also holds a Master’s degree in Media Entertainment and Advertising about Amritsar Express. The USP of Amritsar Express is their FOOD. They take pride in serving freshly made homemade healthy food. It’s simple and authentic Punjabi food that you can have every day and they don’t use any artificial flavours and preservatives. And most importantly, what makes their food so delicious is that the food they serve is made by their mother. Read more.

16. Anushree Chatterjee Patni – Founder, Goregaon Highway Pulse 

Anushree is a passionate writer with an experience of more than 10 years in journalism. She is also the founder of Goregaon Highway Pulse, India’s only hyper-local blog that helps to connect the people and community of Goregaon East and the neighbouring suburbs of Mumbai. Read more

17. Subhalakshmi Chakravarty – Founder Weaver’s Trunk

Subhalakshmi Chakravarty, is a Mumbai-based entrepreneur who is a graduate from Kolkata University and has completed a basic course in photography from FX School in Mumbai. Weavers Trunk is a repository of some of the most desirable Banarasi, Chanderi, Maheshwari, Matka, Coimbatore sarees with a hint of modern designs. Read more.

18. Siddhi Padgaonkar – Dealer in Ektra Superware Fine Dining

She’s in this business for last one year, where her office is based out of Borivali East. Their mother company is Srithai Superware India Ltd and Ektra is its one of the brand names. Their range of products is 100% melamine with no plastic used.

19. Jaywant Patil – Founder, The Organic Carbon Pvt. Ltd

Jaywant’s company is a group of 442 organic farmers who are growing and producing everything from A2 milk, ghee, organic vegetables, fruits, cold pressed oil, jaggery, country chicken, eggs, food grains etc. They launched their first product – Humpy A2 Cow’s Milk that is delivered to your doorsteps in glass bottles across Pune. You will soon see more organic products on their website. Read more.

20. Behroze Menon – Founder, Beads Cocktail – ♥ Gifting Partner ♥ 

Beads Cocktail has been curated by founder, Behroz Menon an entrepreneur who finds her passion in bringing you stylish jewellery which is pocket-friendly too. Beads Cocktail is an online store which brings you fashion jewellery right from neck huggers, earrings, bracelets and statement accessories for every occasion. You can choose from over 500 varieties that are unique, superior in quality and totally affordable.

21. Apoorva Mairal – Founder, The Sweet Store – ♥ Gifting Partner ♥

An Interior designer by profession and now a self-taught superb home baker. The USP of The Sweet Store is that they use pure products, we don’t use preserved products. They use fresh products for their baking.  Apoorva firmly believes that she bakes the tastiest cupcakes and oats cookies in her area. Everything is homemade and this is the main USP of The Sweet Store. Read more.

22. Sunita Mundra – Founder, Muskan Collection Boutique 

Sunita Mundra is the founder of Muskan Collection. She has a Masters in Literature who has carved her way into the boutique industry. She is an active exhibitor and an online seller having a wide and exclusive range of Stitched and Unstitched Women Indian wear for all occasions. Indian fashion is versatile which changes dynamically with many factors. While conducting exhibitions and having interactions with different customers she started understanding their choices, range and requirements. To meet the varied requirements, Sunita had to scale up her inventory and build her catalogue consisting of various products like Unstitched and Semi Stitched fabric/ Ready to wear Gowns/ Kurtis / Palazzos/ Pants/ Skirts/ Jackets/ Dupattas and so on. Read more.

23. Megha Kumbhar – Founder, Nurturing Talents 

Megha is a special educator who has been helping and teaching special children for the past 20 years. ‘Nurturing Talents’ as she calls it, has been beautifying the lives of children with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, mental retardation (mild to severe), learning challenges and even autism. Read more.

23. Neha Chavan – Founder, Elegant Jewels 

Neha’s venture specializes in all kinds of fashion jewellery that can be worn for parties, everyday wear, casual and at work. What makes Neha’s jewellry unique is that she can create the designs based on your attire – be it a sari, a salwar suit or a dress.

24. Rupal Shah – Certified Yoga Instructor 

Rupal is a Certified Yoga Instructor from The Yoga Institute, Santacruz in Mumbai.

She has been teaching yoga to people of all ages in suburban Mumbai and helping them lead a healthier life through the humble yet effective practice of yoga. It is never too late to get healthy and fit. Learn the correct asanas and exercises that she plans for you along with tips and advise to ensure you get the best out of your fitness goals. A fantastic tutor, mentor, guide and an instructor who never gives up on her students.

25. Shilpa Govekar – Founder, Shilp-a-Dream

Shilpa is a Mumbai based interior designer who is on her journey to make houses more of a feeling rather than just bricks and walls. Being a registered pharmacist by profession, her inner passion for designing homes came about when she was asked to take care of her new home’s interior work. She turned her passion into a profession and began her journey into the world of interiors and décor by founding Shilp-a-Dream in 2012 and getting herself certified as a professional interior designer. Read more.

26. Adv. Nishant Makasare – Founder, The Sixth Element (TM)

Nishant is a freelance business & life coach, an NLP Practioner & a consulting lawyer. He holds a Management Degree from Mumbai University and is a Core Team Member Of the Indus Health Plus- Pioneers in Preventive Health Checks. He also heads the management committee of St Edward’s Boys School & St John’s Primary School in Pune.

With over 20 years in the industry, he shares his vast knowledge through personal counsellings, customised workshops and programmes with the aim to unleash the champion within each one of us. According to him, “There are no real failures. And if you can “fail”, you can be back to fight again another day with the knowledge of the mistakes you made.” Read more.

27. Sonali Pote – Business Manager, MillionMinds 

A competent Business Manager with experience in acquisition and relationship management, Sonali single-handedly has created and manages a wide network of 550 startup entrepreneurs from across India. Her skills and expertise have helped Millionminds grow as a strong platform for fostering Entrepreneurship across the country’s campuses, bridging the gap between aspiring entrepreneurs and established ones.

28. Sneha Patil – Founder, KOKORO 

As an Interior Designer from Mumbai University and adding to that professional course in creative arts and Crafts from Edinburgh college of art, Scotland and Academy of Art University, San Francisco strengthen her wings of creativity.
She already has few feathers in her cap such as hands-on knowledge in Paper Sculpture Art and Japanese Gift wrapping which she also demonstrates on National television of Indian (ABP MAZA) in an Art and Craft Show. Her brand Kokoro Stationery brings quirky & classy stationery from around the world for the creative enthusiasts. She brings pencils, diaries, planners, school, college & office use products with a twist

29. Harshali Sawant, Founder of Tummy Tucks Enterprise 

Harshali is a third-year Economics student at the VES College Of Arts, Science And Commerce, Chembur. For the last two years, she has been setting up a food stall in her college in various events. This year she has planned to set up a weekly mini canteen in college owing to the public demand by her classmates and other students who prefer her delicious food as compared to the menu in the canteen.

30. Shraddha Kiran Sawant, Dealer in Floria Naturals Product 

Floria Naturals is into herbal soaps, cow therapy soaps, face wash, shampoo and floor cleaner.

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Tanya is a graduate in Sociology from Sophia College, Mumbai, a post-graduate in Communications and Media from SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai and holds a Master's Degree in Journalis & Mass Communications from Chandigarh University. A former writing mentor and a seasoned lifestyle writer, Tanya writes columns on The Lifestyle Portal of life and living.

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