First, a champion in Badminton, an indoor game; now a successful entrepreneur, Vivek Gautam is someone who can pull off anything with great success if he owes to do it. In a candid chat with Bollywood Town, Vivek Gautam the founder of INIFD – Andheri (W), spills the beans about his childhood journey of a being a successful entrepreneur. He went on to win Junior National Championship in the year 1993 and represented the country in various championships.
Tell us about your story as a kid?
As a kid, I was a very indiscipline boy. My mischievous acts used to annoy my parents and that’s why they decided to introduce me to sport (the idea was to pert my attention and keep me busy in other things). That decision become a blessing in disguise for me. By the time I was in sixth grade I started playing badminton regularly and acquired quite a success in that sport.
Till what age did you continue playing badminton?
I played badminton for about 15-20 years. I achieve great success in it and also had my own academy where I used to teach badminton to students.
You received great success in badminton then why did you leave that sport?
Life is very unpredictable; you never know what’s going to happen the next moment. Same happened with me, my life took a turn and off a sudden, some challenges came my way which didn’t allow me to continue badminton further. However, at a personal level, I still cannot imagine my life without sport because internally I am a sportsperson and I will never be away from it.
How did you turns into an entrepreneur?
After leaving behind the career in badminton I was looking for other opportunities. I started looking for career options. So I started with a gaming center for a short span which was again a successful venture me and subsequently moved on to other thing and landed up getting INIFD (Inter National Institute of Fashion Design) as a franchise. The minute it came to me I was pretty excited and very positive about it. When I started this (INIFD), a lot of help came from my friends and that helped me when I began as an entrepreneur.
What are the new things you are doing to take INIFD-Andheri (W), forward?
For INIFD – Andheri (W), we have now moved onto much larger space, much more convenient for students and probably the best in western suburbs. You can say that we are the best services provider in terms of facilities. We have highly qualified and dedicated faculties.
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