Hailing from a middle-class service family from Maharashtra, Abhishek Govekar's (Abhishek's) illusion that the hotel industry offered a lucrative career led him to enrol in a three-year hotel management programme at the Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Ahmedabad. But, during the five months of industrial training at The Leela, Mumbai Abhishek realised that the hotel industry neither offered attractive remuneration nor conducive working environment. He was determined to do anything but work in the hotel industry.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad, a book by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter, awakened his interest in entrepreneurship. Eventually, Abhishek enrolled in the PGDM-BE programme at EDII. Abhishek fondly states: "Those days spent at EDII were one of the most memorable days of my life! Today, I face business challenges and have started drawing from the little experience I have had by applying the entrepreneurial theories learnt at EDI."
With a background in hotel management, at EDII, Abhishek found it to be the best sector for initiating and developing a business enterprise. The minimum investment requirement in catering services and a relatively stable demand of educational and corporate clients led him to offer catering services to educational institutions as well as corporate clients.
Starting early during his stint at EDII, beginning with clients like the Institute of Engineering & Technology and Electrotherm, and later catering to SNL Financial, Anand Niketan, London Infotech and Azure, Abhishek went on gaining experience and learning from his mistakes. While earlier he had been outsourcing food, in January 2009, he launched 'Lotus Hospitality Services' to offer direct catering services.
Presently, Abhishek serves breakfast, tea, lunch as well as dinner to the students of Gujarat Adani Institute of Medical Sciences (GAIMS), Bhuj. By introducing management information system (MIS) and standard operating procedures (SOPs), Abhishek plans to streamline the operations and reduce wastage.
Abhishek envisions that Lotus Hospitality Services would compete with Sodexo in Indian institutional catering market by delivering value through quality services, to its customers.
Abhishek Govekar can be reached at
Lotus Hospitality Services
A-10, Mayurpankh, Near Jhansi Rani Statue, Shivranjini Crossroads, Ahmedabad – 380 015
Mobile: +91-99246 38700/97235 55099