Pravjoth is a Birmingham City University student who is passionate about paving the way for entrepreneurs with disabilities.
Pravjoth, tell us about yourself…
“I am a Birmingham City University student, currently in my second year and I am on a Business Management course. I currently run a health and wellbeing brand as well as a weekly podcast. My motivation behind starting my own business is to pave the way for entrepreneurs with disabilities as I`ve noticed the disability community lacking such entrepreneurs.”
Tell us more about your start up…
“I am currently developing my community-based fitness and nutrition business called Movement Fitness and Nutrition, which is provided for people with different medical conditions such as disabilities, health problems and more. On the side, I run a weekly podcast called The AWARE Panel where guests come on to speak about issues that they are passionate about. The new podcast is released every Thursdays at 3pm BST on Spotify and Apple Podcast.“
What made you jump at the chance of coming on BSEEN?
“I first heard about BSEEN through the university’s Careers team. I saw what kind of opportunities BSEEN offers and found the mentorship and bootcamp as particularly suitable for me to jet set my business needs and find out the steps towards development and launch.”
What do you think you have learned the most from your BSEEN journey?
“I have learnt to utilise various resources such as external funding, branding and marketing, operations and development, as well as business planning. This is useful because it has helped me to grow and prepare to launch my business and to help many disabled people. The BSEEN team accepts diversity and inclusion in the community and provides resources, especially with the mentorship scheme.”
What has been your business stand out moment since being on BSEEN?
“My business stand out moment is my weekly podcast. BSEEN has given me the support I need to launch a podcast targeting various social issues that we all face today. Another business stand out moment is building my network such as reaching 1,000 connections on LinkedIn. This allowed me to network with like-minded entrepreneurs.”
Any advice for entrepreneurial students or graduates thinking about starting their own business?
“I would advise other start-ups to be resilient and take risks when thinking to launch their business. This is because the business world is competitive and you would need to stand out in the market and by taking certain risks and decisions, you will prove to be unique. Also, start to look for different resources and support when starting a business so that you can make the right decision whether to start a business or not.“
What are your next steps for your business?
“My next steps are to develop the website portal for my business and launch it in the near future. Another step as part of my business is to create a community full of people with different disabilities and medical conditions who are interested in keeping their wellbeing up to a high standard. I am also working on building my customer base before the launch.”