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Mumbai: Visually impaired entrepreneurs pitch business models

Updated on: 06 April,2016 08:40 AM IST  | 
Apoorva Puranik |

An NGO along with a college, held an entrepreneurship idea award over the weekend where 10 blind persons from across the country pitched their business plans to a jury

Mumbai: Visually impaired entrepreneurs pitch business models


Blindness is not an impairment, but a mere inconvenience’ is the mantra Sushmeeta Bubna, founder of NGO Voice Vision. To propagate this, the NGO along with K J Somaiya Institute of Management and Research, Vidyavihar held an entrepreneurship idea award over the weekend. Here, 10 blind persons from across the country pitched their business plans to the jury, with help from sighted Somaiya management students. The common thread was the blind’s aim to be self sufficient and independent.

A group of students along with the visually impaired entrepreneur present their ideas
A group of students along with the visually impaired entrepreneur present their ideas




Business models included online retailing of Warli print t-shirts, chocolate making, to websites for the blind. All these had to pass the very discerning eye of a tough, and eminent jury panel of Sanjeev Saraf, vice president of CII, Dr. Gaurav Buch, head HR at Rasna Ltd, Paroma Bhattacharya, incubation associate at Un Ltd. India and Vasant Sanke, former managing director of the National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation. The jury put the management students, accompanying each blind entrepreneur, through a real roasting, with questions about business plans, feasibility and the revenue models.



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