Mr. Gaurav Marya, Founder and President, Franchise India
Entrepreneurship is all about doing the right thing at the right time. Many well-known firms have got stuck in the plateau, somehow not being able to grow and in the process the entire investment becomes ineffective. Therefore, it is important to believe in what you are doing. Celebrated American entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of Amazon.com, Mr. Jeff Bezos, once famously commented: “One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.” Mr. Gaurav Marya, Founder and President, Franchise India, decided to follow his passion closely when he took to entrepreneurship.
Journey to success
After deciding to become an entrepreneur, Mr. Gaurav Marya started his business at the age of just 16. Since then, he has successfully tried his luck in about 15 business ventures in segments like mobile phones, restaurants, career advisory, entertainment, etc.
However, it was not until the age of 24, during his first business trip to the US in 1998, that he discovered his real passion- franchising. It had already become a vastly popular business proposition in the US at that time and Mr. Gaurav Marya dreamt of bringing the concept to India.
The dream finally turned to reality in 1999 when Franchise India Holdings Limited was incepted. Widely regarded as the pioneer of franchise revolution in India, Franchise India is a leading integrated franchise and retail solution company today. It has a wide range of domestic and international portfolio of franchise and retail companies. Mr. Gaurav Marya’s visionary leadership has helped Franchise India go from strength to strength, helping in revolutionising the way companies plan their detailed course of business development.
The vast knowledge that Mr. Marya has acquired by working with some of the top brands in the country has helped to enhance his domain knowledge and this has been reflected in the way he has handled the franchising needs of his customers. Franchise India has successfully interacted with over 25,000 budding entrepreneurs so far, helping them select and meet all the challenges that a start-up might face.
Mr. Gaurav Marya has chaired various global business forums on franchising and retail. Leading dailies and business journals often quote him with regard to franchising. He has also authored two best selling books, ‘Take Charge! Building an Entrepreneur Mindset’ and ‘Franchising: The Science of Reproducing Success’.
Renowned motivational speaker Mr. Shiv Khera once dubbed Mr. Gaurav Marya as the “Father of Indian franchising” at a franchise forum and it has been one title that has defined him since then.