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    Running businesses that bring everything from greens to full-course meals home, these men are ready for expansion

    The Idea Man

    Abhishek Ramanuja, 30, launched Idea Mani in 2012, to provide end to end solutions for food ventures. “The company was started to encourage new ideas and concepts and introduce a street-food culture, that Chennai is yet to be exposed to.” If you are a fan of Madurai kari dosa or a wholesome lunch fix while on the run, Idea Mani’s inauguration of two new food kiosks in Adyar is around the corner. He provides a feasibility study and will help determine a sustainable model that will encourage more opportunities. Details: 9884155653, aramanuja@yahoo.com, ideamani.in

    Vinit Chordia, 
    dinein
    VinitFor Vinit Chordia, 36, e-commerce was always the right choice. His expertise, after eight years of being an entrepreneur in a software company, prompted him and partner Sandeep Daga, 35, to start dinein.in. “Restaurateurs were fascinated with our idea  but didn’t fancy the investment in a website and delivery protocol. With a first mover’s advantage and to offer the very best to my home city, we launched the site in 2012, acting as a service aggregator for restaurants with our own fleet of delivery vehicles accessible to every pincode in the city,”explains Chordia. Customers can chose from their exhaustive list of restaurants, mix n match orders through the company’s website or contact their call centre. You can also book through their simple iOS app, with an upcoming Android version too. “We receive 4,500 orders per month thanks to our prompt response, packaging and of course the quality of food of the restaurants.” While the portal now caters to restaurant orders (including a limited menu from Mumbai’s Theobroma), cake deliveries, restaurant reservations and corporate orders, they will soon expand to include orders for gourmet stores, delicatessens, etc, while looking to replicate this success story in other cities too. Details: dinein.in, 49101010

    Ashwin Chandrashekar,
    buybazaar

    Ashwin-ChandrashekarHailing from a business family, being employed in IT Sales was never Ashwin Chandrashekar’s true calling. He saw an opportunity to capitalise upon online grocery sales and set foot cautiously in 2011. “We started off in a small warehouse, testing quality of products, dealing with wholesalers, marketing, packing orders and doing the delivery myself. Today, we are an online superstore with over 7,500 products and 25 employees,” he beams. The portal not only stocks home essentials but meat, vegetables, frozen goods and has also launched a physical store in Velachery. “My initial investment of `1 lakh now earns my partner Naveen Kumar and me a turnover of over `35 lakhs per month, all through an honest and ethical sales model. Chennai is a perfect FMCG hub as residents welcome new concepts. For a city that has helped me achieve so much, my promise to Chennai is to have our store in each pin-code of the city,” Chandrashekar, 28, insists. Look out for their upcoming stores in Porur and Anna Nagar. Details: buybazaar.com

    R Jagannathan,
    Nallakeerai

    JagannathanNallakeerai, the result of a love of organic farming, was founded by R Jagannathan (former business manager), 37, along with 10 others who are all in their 30s and come from diverse backgrounds — engineers to management consultants. The company was set up in 2010 to research and develop a sustainable model that farmers could implement and enjoy. “Even while we now continue to research, our farm yields over 2,000 bundles a week that are available at different locations in the city — organic shops like Restore, Dhanyam, city parks like Natesan and Sivan Park, apartment complexes, etc. Chennai has a high demand of greens (around 10 lakh bundles each day) and the weather is favourable for yield all year round,” says Jagannathan. The variety? Pasalai, Gongura, Manath-akkali, Phudolai, Ponna-nkanni and Basil, Peppermint and more. Details: 9962611767, 9962653311

    Parthiban V,
    nativespecial

    PathibanMissing home and all things Indian while working in the US for a software major, Parthiban V, 31, decided it was time to head back and find a medium to promote Indian products. After extensive research with his partner I Nagendran, 28, and a database of popular products from various Indian towns, nativespecial.com was set up in 2012. Parthiban shares, “Today, the site features native handicrafts and over 15 food specialities including Palani panjamirutham, Nagarcoil chips, Manaparai murukku and more. We have tie ups in each location and they ship fresh product as orders are received.” Initially the orders trickled at 15 a month, but today 400 a month only proves the popularity of the portal sans advertisements. “Considering that Tamil Nadu is home to many specialities, it was only logical that we showcase our products to the people of Chennai first. In the coming months, we would like to include more native products from across India and set up a physical store too.” Kovilpatti kadalaimittai anyone? Details: nativespecial.com, nativespecial@gmail.com

    — Preeti GT

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