Mr. Harish Closepet-Founder, ItsyBitsy.in
Mr. Harish Closepet is a wonderful husband and loving father to his 2 daughters. He's great at cooking, cleaning up after his puppies and makes the best cocktails you've ever tasted. He's lived in Australia and Singapore for 12 years and after moving back to India is now an avid traveller and has visited over 20 countries with his family tagging along. He plays golf, professional table tennis and loves keeping fit. Apart from these, Harish is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and a self-imposing business management professor to his kids.
Harish graduated from BMS College of Engineering in '87 majoring in Civil Engineering. He set up his first business a year later in the construction field and 2 years after that, moved to Singapore in search of more opportunities. He continued to work in the construction field as a buyer of construction materials. Two years later, in search of even better opportunities, Harish and his wife, Rashmi found themselves moving to Australia. He worked in Australia for 7 years as buyer in a bargain retail chain and 3 years as the manager of a chocolate factory. Yes, he'd get free samples every night.
Throughout their journey in Australia, the family always hoped they could come back to India to do something more fulfilling and be closer to their families. Harish and Rashmi always shared a dream of empowering women in India and found a way to do that using their entrepreneurial drive. Starting their journey in India in 2004, with 20 employees they now employ over 1000 women in rural areas and run an office with 200 co-workers.
The company, Itsy Bitsy is India's largest hobby and craft chain and they now have 20 stores pan India. They export to over 60 countries and have now started their own export label, Little Birdie.
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