RWS proudly presents LGBT – Let’s Get Businesses Together on 17th October, 2020. We will be Featuring four amazing LGBT entrepreneurs who had decided to make their own way in the ocean of pink economy and mark their presence.
This online talkshow is a great platform where they will be sharing about their business model, work they do and how connecting with RWS is helping them amplifying their growth and visibility.
Stay tuned for more information about our enthusiastic entrepreneurs and there inspirational work.
Sociologist teacher and a Gender Right Activist.
Daina Dias is a Sociologist teacher and a Gender Right Activist. She is currently working as a lecturer in different colleges in Goa. She has been working in social sector since past 17 years and has worked with many vulnerable groups like Female sex workers, MSM (Males having sex with Males), HIV positive people, Human trafficking and many more. This great lady also runs an organization named wajoodgoa which works for transgenders, hijra community, gender nonconforming, intersex Children and adults in goa. She is also the president of this organization since past many years.
3 years ago she started a business with a small initiative in Goa’s sweets and artifacts according to the seasonal festivals. She wanted to make a difference in life of people belonging to LGBTQ community providing them a means to earn and to teach them to be self-dependent.
Entrepreneur and a businessman
Kunal is a leading entrepreneur and owner of the company OkiDiReport. OkiDireport is basically a brand dealing with all types of smoking accessories be it a hookah, bongs, paper etc also following make in India campaign. This is a startup company based out of Noida,UP which aims to increase their presence across PAN India in the near future.
OkiDireport plans to provide quality products in decent price. So as the costumers can get the best products yet affordable.
OkiDireport is totally a LGBTQ friendly company practicing zero discrimination policy for its staff and costumers which can be seen clearly in all of their Retail Stores in Delhi NCR. They are looking forward to expand their presence and reach both in online and in offline mode. They are up to collaborate with like-minded people and also want representation from LGBTQ community. They are providing employment to community members in every domain related to their business be it manufacturing or sales or designing.
Sidhant Kumar Behera
Sidhant Kumar Behera is a fashion designer and a great craftsman. He is currently working with a leading company Queerindiamart. The objective of Queerindiamart is to provide all the LGBTQ specific merchandise. Not only working for the betterment of this community but also for the betterment of our mother nature by emphasizing the production of sustainable products- arts and crafts specific. Queerindiamart is digging its root deeper by associating itself with many artisans and craftsmen across the country. Queerindiamart is doing a great job indeed for the empowerment of our LGBTQ community.
They are connecting with more and more queer specific organizations. Also they have organized such beautiful events which were totally queer-friendly. They are working hard to provide an enabling environment for queer artists and individuals who are struggling to get a good workplace, and to make them self-independent.
Mithun Chatterjee is an entrepreneur and owner of Bellissimo.
Bellissimo, basically is a concept wherein they try to cater to the essential & recreational needs of the LGBT spectrum. They are presently operating from a 1250sq.ft area comprising of a Wellness Centre, Salon & Multi-Cuisine Terrace restaurant located at the heart of South Delhi, Saket. The entire place has been aesthetically built keeping in mind the taste of our (LGBT) community people. Mithun started this in the beginning of 2020 but unfortunately because of the COVID he had to temporarily close the business for few months. Later with the help of their esteemed clientele they somehow sustained this dreaded phase.
Apart from this Mithun also spearhead a gay travel venture by the name of HeTravels conceptualised in 2015 and till date he boast of completing more than 30-40 odd trips within the country. It was then he realized the need of providing more safe spaces for people like us to meet, interact & foster a relationship that was the need of the hour. He also thought that this can be pursued as a profession and then back in 2019 he fully started concentrating on this resigning from his high paying job. It was around 2019 he realized that the LGBT community especially in India lacks access to a lot of products in comparison to their western counterparts. Eyeing that opportunity he founded a small e-platform by the name of Pridestoreindia through which he started selling a lot of products like rainbow accessories, fancy lingerie for men, games spicing up their personal life. This was also well absorbed by the crowd & he felt glad seeing those happy faces.
Now Mithun’s focus is to strengthen the 3 business platform & expand it to other cities at a later stage. The vision is to develop a synergy between these three namely HETravels (Travel) – Pridestoreindia (Product needs) – Bellissimo (Lifestyle needs).
Being 100% LGBTQIA+ friendly they practice zero discrimination policy that can be seen on all our policies drafted from guest handling to hiring employees within the existing framework. They do look to expand both their offline and online presence through venture capital & collaboration with international players to bridge the gap between India & overseas. A synergy & long term syncing can lift them to a one shop destination for all that you need being Gay & perhaps the new Gay Amazon.