Thursday, July 27, 2017

Amit Patel - Founder & CEO of Wefly Indoor Skydiving LLP

Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship?

While traveling to Dubai on a business tour in 2013. One of my business colleagues had taken me to an Indoor skydiving facility in Mirdif City Centre Mall, where I took my 1st flight with I-fly Dubai. It was an out of this world experience with my adrenaline being pushed out of the roof. “It’s like jumping off an airplane at 15000 feet with no parachute in a 100% safe & secure environment”

Once back in India, I tried to find out more about Skydiving, however, realized that due to couple of mishaps, Govt. of India had banned skydiving completely till date.

This ban on skydiving in India came as an opportunity knocking and thus generated the idea of importing indoor skydiving in India and since late 2014, Mr. Patel took the initiative of sourcing equipment, suppliers, machinery, legalities and other aspects related to introducing Aero sports in India.

Also during our research, we understood that USA had 55 odd installations, UK had 34, Singapore had 1, Pakistan had 1, India had 0. This really pushed us off the chair and turned our passion into Nation's pride. 

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and 
services here.

Welfy initially started with Indoor skydiving activity in the early years, however our team realized that there were a lot of adventure sports activity that were running successfully globally, but yet to arrive on Indian soil. So currently Wefly is managing over 50 odd adventure sports activity on turn key basis. Indoor car racing, Drone racing, Fly board, Virtual Zoo are some of the ideas we currently provide, 

Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business?

One of the biggest challenges that we faced in early days was putting across the concept to Individuals, Investors, HNI's and others. Finance was hard to get and so was the support staff since the entire activity was new to Indian market and there was no reference that could be taken from similar businesses. 

Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you 
were facing difficulties in your business?

As the concept was new, it was difficult to get professional staff for our venue. So our partners would get their hands dirty to ensure that we learn everything from grass root level. Tie up with international equipment suppliers, importing of equipment and technology, manufacturing of the machine in India and operations were some of the hurdles that we have crossed with a " never die " attitude. 

Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the 
discovery period?

After the discovery period, we had to put all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle in place which included designing, manufacturing and operating the business. We had to train each and every person in our staff as per international standards to ensure we provide seamless customer experience. 

Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

We are looking to expand to multiple cities PAN India in terms of recreational and tourism based indoor skydiving. 

Wefly is also actively looking to train professional skydivers in India to compete in Global competition and represent India as various skydiving related activities.

Q7. How would you advice/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in business

Well the first advice would be, if you are weak hearted person, business is not for you. You need to be hardcore in following your dreams and to believe in yourself. A lot of negative feedbacks will come but you need to keep moving ahead. Rather I'm of the belief that If you don;t have challenges in business, you probably making a BIG mistake. Challenges will push you beyond your limit to learn and implement your skiills. 

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