#NICEStories: Rustic Art – Sustainable alternatives for personal and beauty care

Finding the right beauty and skincare products that are natural and genuine is definitely a hassle. Rustic Art was born keeping this issue in mind. With its cruelty free, vegan and affordable natively sourced, natural products, Rustic Art aims to reduce water wastage and the overall carbon footprint that regular cosmetics otherwise fail to take note of. With a woman dominated workforce, their products are made with nurture and care – with each product being a natural and cultural depiction of art on its own.

#NICEStories: EkiBeki- Contemporizing Indian Art and Crafts

While art auctions and exhibitions build a perception of high value, this is seen more widely abroad. Yet only by a niche audience views Indian arts and crafts with value. India’s rich heritage and culture contributes to a beautiful spectrum of arts and crafts across the country. They are slowly lost due to lack of awareness. This is where EkiBeki steps in, a company that prizes rural craft above all, giving it a contemporary flair to create stunning pieces. They work towards making Indians more aware about the treasure trove of art in India, while also creating livelihoods for artisans.

Different Funding Sources for Entrepreneurs

The pitch to secure the right amount of funding is daunting for any entrepreneur. Furthermore, securing the right method of funding is an important factor as well.

Read on to gain insights into equity, loans, grants and practices to follow to raise capital.

#NICEStories – Zishta: Bringing Traditional Indian Cookware and Crafts Back into your Homes

Ever seen your grandmother’s initials etched on your mother’s utensils? India has always carried forward the practice of passing down utensils and serveware generationally. Zishta was started by Meera Ramakrishnan, Archish Mathe Madhavan and Varishta Sampath with a vision to revive and leverage traditional wisdom to make homes more environment friendly and holistic.

Currently serving over 22 countries, Zishta brings to your homes heritage crafts and cookware from their place of origin. Follow Meera’s journey as she highlights the benefits of these age-old practices, and what it takes to make a business sustainable.

#NICEStories: How Plume Jewelry is Redefining Trends in Heritage Jewelry

Wanted your jewelry to speak your mind? Featuring Plume Jewelry, a house of handcrafted fine jewelry. Rupali Gupta and Rakshit Jargad founded Plume with the vision of redefining trends in fine silver jewelry through creative reinterpretation of heritage crafts and design. They create ethno-contemporary designs executed with heritage craftsmanship.
By converting customers’ designs into final pieces with their in-house expertise, Rupali and Rakshit focus on delighting and winning customers. Read on to find out how they are striving to carve a niche in the affordable luxury jewelry space with Plume.

Mentorship: Why Does an Entrepreneur Need a Mentor?

Everyone who wants to build their career needs a mentor, whether they’re an entrepreneur, in the corporate world, or in the social sector. Mentorship can be a driving factor in your entrepreneurial growth. However finding a mentor who is the perfect fit is of utmost importance.

How do you find the right mentor? How do you navigate your relationship with them? Read on to find out more.

#NICEStories – Building Blocks for Indian Heritage Themed Toys, Gifts and Souvenirs at Indic Bricks

Indic Bricks, is a brand of Ekarik, founded by Meghna Bhutoria with the aim of bringing Indian culture to a child’s toy box. A favorite amongst both adults and children, Indic Bricks has introduced Indian heritage-themed building blocks collections, consisting sets of temples, deities, yoga asanas and more.

Read on to find out how Indic Bricks is bringing heritage home in form of toys, gifts, and souvenirs, block by block.

#NICEStories – MeMeraki: Online Masterclasses with Artisans to Revive Indian Traditional Arts and Crafts

MeMeraki is a ‘Culture-tech’ platform enabling traditional rural artisans to be digital creators for the first time in the creator economy with Content (online art & craft masterclasses, live classes) and commerce (art kits, artworks marketplace).
Initially founded by Yosha Gupta as a passion project to bring folk arts to the limelight, MeMeraki has evolved from selling exquisite handpainted bags to a treasury of masterclasses hosted by artisans from all over

#NICEStories – How Desi Fashion Brand Shobitam is Growing 300% Annually Across the Globe

#NICEStories: Founded by two women entrepreneurs, Aparna and Ambika Thyagarajan, in 2019, Shobitam is a desi fashion cultural enterprise. After a successful pilot launch on Etsy, they are growing 300% annually across the globe. They design their collections by working with handloom clusters across India.
Their collection caters to a wide demographic, ranging from a variety of sarees to jackets, stoles, and jewelry.
Follow our conversation with founder Aparna Thyagarajan.

#NICEStories – From Shark Tank Success to Eyeing a 1000 crore Snacks Business at Tagz Foods

#NICEStories: Want your fix of potato chips but want freedom from the fried and oily packets? Tagz Foods introduced a variety of popped chips for the first time in India. Made under high temperature and pressure with 50% less fat, it’s available in a range of flavours.
Follow our conversation with the CEO and founder, Anish Basu Roy, as he takes us through their Shark Tank Journey and his vision of making Tagz India’s fastest food sector company to reach the 1000 crore mark.
One of the deep desires with which he started TagZ was to take an Indian snacking brand international. Read on to know more.