A great startup involves a great idea, hard work and lot of passion towards work. In our series ‘Superhero of Startup’ we appreciate the effort a team does to make it’s company reach the heights. And Today Superhero of Startup badge goes to Shilpa for the tremendous efforts by her and her husband to set up Book My Activity.
Tell us something about you and your startup.
I am an Architect by degree and entrepreneur now! I have done Masters in Construction Management from Virginia Tech, USA and has worked in fortune 100 company (Gilbane Building Company) as a Project Manager in USA for 3 years. After that as a procurement head in Deore Dhamne Architects and since then my forte is Customer Development. I have always believed in continuous education and that is what helps you be with the change and impact the change.
Book My Activity is a marketplace for all kinds of activities, events, seminars, classes, camps, workshops and all about learning, any individual can search and book from this portal and get exposed to various learning parameters!
What was your motivation behind venturing into this?
The motivation behind this venture was mainly my parenting stage. We instated with this idea is just because of our own parenting challenges and vision to give exposure to various activities for our kids for all-round development. But, after we realized and understood that any individual needs learning from the age group of 4-44 and they need to be learning and advancing their skill base to improve the productivity, promotions in career and advance in our own knowledge.
Give us a brief background about founders and its core team members?
I, Ar. Shilpa Dhamne and my husband Ar.Chinmay Dhamne, grew up in Nashik City. We met in Architecture College in the year 2000 and since then the journey of our learning and following our passion started. We studied together in USA at Virginia Tech for Masters program and after that, we both worked there for more than 3 years and decided to come back to India to get started working on ourselves & do what we love to do! We have two beautiful daughters who are 6 & 4 years old, who are our inspiration & motivators for the start up – Book My Activity.
By profession, we both are an Architects. We are hardworking, passionate about socializing and working in different fields & love to travel.
Who do you see as competition and how is your startup different?
It helps the society in saving time & money both as Book My Activity is helping them to find and book classes & activities at their leisure of comfort rather than roaming here & there and trying out all the options. BMA gives curated and reviewed activities for the user base which makes the process easy for users to find the classes & activities.
It is different or unique in its way as BMA is a curated & live activities listing rather than all the database showcase. It is guiding people to actually finding their passion and likings.
Competitors are many, as our portal cross segment many existing platforms such as Event feature of FB, & yellow pages for listing, any many more similar platforms, but we are unique for our education segment.
What are the revenues and margins like in your industry?
We have a subscription model for educators to register with us and booking percentage revenue share per transaction.
What are your future plans?
We plan to grow globally and make one unique comprehensive platform for all learning needs !
Any advice you want to give budding entrepreneurs.
Be patient, have perseverance and be consistent.