With #StartUpIndia getting the right fillip in recent times, India has witnessed a surge in the number of new businesses being launched each day. Odisha too, is seeing an impressive number of young entrepreneurs join the bandwagon. Leaving behind established jobs, living passions to create something new – each of these entrepreneurs is willingly addressing risks and challenges to set up his dream business. The success of some noteworthy entrepreneurs from the state, like Ritesh Agarwal, Srikumar Mishra, Pritam Panda, Uttam Tripathy, etc, is providing the right kind of encouragement to these budding entrepreneurs.

The story of Ritesh Agarwal and his OYO Rooms is indeed interesting. Ritesh decided very early in his life that he would pursue his dream of nurturing excellence in the hospitality industry through OYO Rooms. Dropping out of college, grabbing the Thiel fellowship, Ritesh set up the Airbnb-like business at the age of 18, and became a millionaire at the age of 22. While Ritesh has expanded his business across India, the founder of Milk Mantra, Srikumar Mishra decided to be a baron within the limits of Odisha. Quitting his job as Director, Tetley, Srikumar set up Milk Mantra to address the scarcity of quality milk in the state. Fashion designer Pritam Panda had a completely different dream – he wanted to take the handloom of Odisha, especially Ikat, to the world stage. His efforts have made Ikat a household name today all over the globe.

These entrepreneurs are not alone in achieving success on their own right, and putting Odisha on the world map. There are many more names in different spheres. Some like Uttam Tripathy have taken the flavour of Odisha to London, and have been crowned with overwhelming success. His restaurant ‘Potli’ is a great draw for all Indians in London. Irrespective of their dream, all these entrepreneurs have one thing in common - single-minded dedication which has helped them overcome great hurdles in life to achieve their dreams. In turn, they have become idols for the newgen to follow.

Can you think of more such inspiring entrepreneurs from the state of Odisha who can be idols for the budding ones? Do share your thoughts here.

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