InviteMyGuest.in has an interesting story. Both the founders have worked with leading brands in various industries with diverse experiences. Both of them are from the Ivy League Institutions (IITs & IIMs) and are born to be entrepreneurs.
The idea clicked when one of them was discussing his uninteresting corporate life with a friend at CCD, Galleria (Gurgaon). With the Zomatos & Flipkarts coming up in the internet business, he realized that this could be replicated for artists & guest speakers as well. Being a part of the speaker cell & other clubs in IIM Calcutta, he knew that this was a gap which needed to be filled. There was a need of a platform through which you can invite a guest speaker/artist/celebrity/entertainer with ease. And this is how the idea was born. However, the most compelling reason was that nobody in India had done this for such an unstructured market!
It took a while for him to find a like-minded co-Founder. Both of them quit their jobs in May 2015 and incorporated the firm ‘Ciel Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.’ on 18th June 2015.
InviteMyGuest.in (IMG) is an online marketplace that enables one to explore and hire (invite) artists, performers, photographers, academicians, emcees, speakers, entrepreneurs and trainers (referred to as ‘guests’ by IMG) for any and all kinds of events, all from the comfort of one’s home or office. The users are offered the luxury to browse, choose and finally ‘invite’ only the best ‘guests’ for those special and important occasions, be it a wedding, corporate party, training, birthday celebration, endorsement, sports day at school, cultural fest or even a guest lecture in college from within or even outside the city.
A Seasoned Marketer with around 4 years of experience diversified across FMCG, Consumer durable, Lighting, Manufacturing & Venture Capital industries. He has worked in the core strategy teams of leading brands & early-stage companies in India and Middle East. He has been inclined to the Entertainment industry and always wanted to do something in the domain during his MBA program at IIM Calcutta. In March 2015, he single-handedly organized one of the largest events in the history of Qatar – Achieved the Guinness World Record for the Largest Human Smiley, followed by a concert featuring a renowned Bollywood singer. He realized the need to organize the events industry and hence, took a plunge into the world of startups with his maiden offering - InviteMyGuest. He is also certified Green Belt in Six Sigma from Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, and a B. Tech. graduate from IIT Kharagpur.
A curious geek, having an experience of about 4 years spread across consulting, project management, supply chain and outsourcing. He spearheaded various intensive cost reduction projects in a lighting manufacturing company, explored and assessed raw material sourcing from Australia and South Korea for steel and thermal power plant projects and took the charge of OPEP, the Operations Club at IIM Raipur, from where he did his MBA in 2013. Akshay worked on multiple live projects during the MBA program, including one with Aegis Consulting, for a major mobile phone retailer. He is also certified Green Belt in Six Sigma from Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, and a B. Tech. graduate from IIT Guwahati.