Lack of exposure creates the greatest divide in society. There are over 28 million Persons with Disabilities in India & majority of them don’t get the opportunities they truly deserve. From hosting Performing Artists, Visual Artists, Job seekers & Entrepreneurs, Atypical Advantage is India’s largest Integrated platform for generating livelihood for Persons with Disabilities (PWD). In just one year, we have scaled up this platform to have 500+ Performing Artists ,1000+ Artworks, and 10,000+ job seekers with Disabilities who have collectively worked with 60+ Brands to generate economic opportunities with dignity.
To generate and develop livelihood opportunities for individuals with disabilities by showcasing their talent and not their disability.
Having tried to hire a voice over artist and a model with disability out of curiosity for a leading corporate and struggling to find anything, Vineet envisaged a platform where anyone with disability can showcase their talent and everyone can hire them. He was contemplating on the immense employment it could generate and bring a radical shift in mindsets. And this labor of love has turned into a reality with any person with disability in any part of the country having talent can sign up to gain livelihood. Vineet urges corporates, individuals and agencies to look at the talent first and then their Disability.
Meet the team
Vineet SaraiwalaFounder & CEO
Vineet Saraiwala has transformed how people with disabilities shop across India through pioneering concepts like 'Sabke Liye'. He has pursued his post graduation from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) and strongly believes that generation of compassion is the only way to make the world a better place. He is also an avid trekker, marathoner, endurance cyclist and a lifelong volunteer. His Ladakh Marathon story was showcased as a Documentary titled 'Blind people run too' highlighting the abilities of people with disabilities. He has cycled over 5000 km in his tandem bike and is on a mission to transform lives for people with disabilities (PWD) in fundamental ways. He is in gratitude to his brother Anuj for supporting him to make this vision possible.
Rohan BhansaliAdvisory Board
Rohan, investment banker turned entrepreneur, is the Co-Founder & Director of Gozoop - India’s largest independent digital agency with presence in India and UAE. Rohan is best known for cultivating a great work environment at Gozoop, which holds a record for the youngest company to feature on the list of India’s Best Companies to Work For as curated by Great Place to Work Institute. Inspired by the book Banker to The Poor by Professor Yunus and a meeting with Nipun Mehta of Service Space, Rohan started the 1SmallStep Foundation - a social business incubator. Through 1SmallStep, Rohan invests in and mentors social businesses that solve social problems mainly focusing on child education and employment.
Sadashiv NayakAdvisory Board
Sadashiv is CEO of Big Bazaar. Prior to Future group he has worked with Hindustan Unilever and Asian Paints. Sadashiv graduated Engineering from NIT, Surathkal and completed his post-graduation in Business Management from XLRI Jamshedpur. He stays in Mumbai with his wife Radhika and twin sons. He played a instrumental role in making shopping accessible to millions of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) across the country.
Revati Sharma SinghAdvisory Board
Revati Sharma Singh is an autodidact artist based between London and India. The language of food, the powerful struggle of the planet’s reproductive abilities under siege from a surging population, are all at the core of Revati Singh Sharma’s work. She brings into sharp relief the constant tussle between nature and humanity, the ongoing rigour of natural produce with human mismanagement and greed. Vibrant, vivid and replete with her voice, it is livid in her refusal to accept that art cannot indeed change the world. For the last 20 years she has supported multiple organisations both financially and with her time and expertise. This year, she has set up The Barkhat Art Foundation, with the intention of supporting young women creative practitioners who place at land, nature, care, wellbeing and nurture as the centre of their practice.
Sharon Ann SundasHead - Operations
Sharon is a graduate of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata and is a sportsperson, through and through. She is a footballer, swimmer, volleyball player, basketball player and a gym enthusiast. Her compassion, kindness and empathy is what connects her to people and is what intrigued her to work in this space. Her love for dogs has put a desire in her heart to open a dog shelter in the future. She is a lover of nature and colours which also reflects in her personality.
Sakshi GuptaHead - Atypical Art
Sakshi Gupta is a BBA graduate. She is very enthusiastic and has a thirst for learning new things. She loves to volunteer in the social sector and wants to steer her career in the management arena. Her persuasion skills and ability to be empathetic simultaneously is a very interesting combination. She is a people's person and charms the people she meets. Her love for nature and animals is boundless and she strives to be eco-friendly.
Aman PathakGraphic Designer
Aman did his Graduation from IGNOU and is continuously learning on the nuances of Designing. If you interview him, you will certainly reject him because he cannot speak flashy English like the rest of us but when you would scroll through this portfolio you would be in Awe!
Asmita AgrawalHead finance, compliance and HR
Asmita Agrawal is a chartered account and a finance graduate from St. Xavier’s college Kolkata. In her initial years of professional career she has worked for Barclays . Having a vigour to explore and learn new things She quit her job and joined hands in family business. Down the line , She also found her interest in yogic science and has completed few certifications at different Yoga schools and is currently freelancing with Cult.fit . Besides, she is a also social enthusiast being involved in a local NGO - REWA Foundation working towards women empowerment, girl child education and environment conservation. Also, she loves dancing , playing basketball and hanging out with her friends. A simple and family oriented small town girl with heart full of dreams to achieve!
Priyanka is a quick learner and comes with eCommerce and Operations experience. From cycling across the beaches of Goa to riding amidst the scenic Kerala frontier, she has done long distance endurance cycling. She loves traveling and trekking, and is a budding weekend baker. Vineet and Priyanka met on a cycling ride in Mumbai and became good friends for life. An occasional catch up call brought them to work together on this venture and the rest they say is work in progress.
Mudita is a retail veteran with experience of over 8 years in category management. She pursued her MBA from Balaji institute of Modern Management, Pune. She loves travelling, baking and painting. She has started volunteering in her own little ways & hails from Varanasi.
Residing in Mumbai, Rimple is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and Compassionate Accountant (CA). She extensively works for social causes for Project Mumbai along with her full time corporate job. She always starts with a simple question, 'How could I be of service?'. She goes out of her way to rally for causes which are dear to her.
Simran is a Marketing professional with almost half a decade of experience in the corporate world. From being part of an independent music label to working on digital campaigns for Future Group to doing exhilarating stints in the gaming world, she has done it all. It could be her curiosity or perhaps her volunteering stints for NGOs which led her to explore the world of the Atypical.
Raashi Saraiwala is a Chartered Accountant and a 3rd level candidate of the CFA(US) Program. Prior to practicing on her own she worked with Goldman Sachs. She has completed her graduation in Finance & Accounting from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Besides being a workaholic, she likes to travel and binge-watch shows on Netflix. She is also compassionate and loves to extend her support to social causes like ‘Dilse’ and ‘Atypical’.
Divyansh is a B.Tech 4th year undergraduate, who is fond of plants and environment. He is a hardworking individual with eager to learn more. With an interest in creative writing especially poems and love for our planet, he wishes to take his work forward and make everyone become friends with nature.
Chinmayi Shinde is an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. She Has experience of Marketing and e-commerce with India's leading companies like Future Group and Piramal Healthcare. She is a fitness enthusiast who practices Zumba and Aerobics regularly. In her leisure time she enjoys travelling and trekking. She has worked with Blind People's Association Ahmedabad and underprivileged school kids in Mumbai
Saiprasad is an IT professional having 8+ years of industry experience. He is an mechanical engineer with an MBA in Operations from Mumbai University. On weekdays he is a corporate employee and on weekends he loves to volunteer for different social causes. He first read about Atypical advantage in the newspaper which lead him to sign up as a volunteer. From there the journey started and now he is responsible for mentoring and guiding all the volunteers/interns working for Atypical Advantage. He loves to go on backpacking trips, run in marathons, reading novels and enjoys road trips too.
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