The Overseas Maharashtrian Professionals and Entrepreneurs Group (OMPEG) has celebrated its second anniversary recently at Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes, attended by about 200 people. Business leaders such as Milind Kangle, Uday Dholakia, Manoj Vasaikar etc were present on the occasion….report by Ragasudha Vinjamuri
Key milestones of the group achieved in the last two years were shared with the audience. Maharashtrian start-ups and exceptional professional pursuits were recognised through awards in different categories. Testimonials were presented and recipients’ aspirations shared. While the keynote speech by Vasant Vasant Limaye, mountaineer and author of Lochgriffin was gripping, his message to the entrepreneurial fraternity was equally exhilarating. A mobile application for the group members to interact, share and collaborate was launched on the occasion by core committee member Sushil Rapatwar. The event was stage-managed by Reshma Deshpande and Aniruddha Kaprekar, and coordinated by Ravi Gadgil and Jay Tahasildar. Student body INSA quickly made their presentation.
The 100+ member-strong OMPEG was established in 2016 with a vision to establish a network of professionals and entrepreneurs of Maharashtrian origin, under the aegis of patrons Pratap Shirke and Dhananjay Mungle. Members include diverse businesses from Hoteliers, Cake-makers and Food- suppliers to new start-ups in technological space. About 20 programs have been conducted since its inception focusing on value addition and knowledge sharing, covering a variety of topics from Will Writing, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning to Mortgages.
The aim of OMPEG is to encourage and motivate entrepreneurial spirit in the multi-talented Maharashtrian community based in the UK. Currently, there is an estimated 50 000 Maharashtrian diaspora in Britain. It has a chapter in Manchester and there is a plan to start more chapters in other cities soon. Plans are underway to conduct programs for kids of the members to instil the business mind-set at early stage.