Kunal Kapoor – using star power to aid social causes

Kunal Kapoor and Varun Sheth

Kunal Kapoor and Varun Sheth inspire Punekars at Signature Start Up Masterclass

Signature Start Up Masterclass session in Pune saw film star Kunal Kapoor and finance wiz Varun Sheth share their passion to paycheck journey during a free-wheeling chat with the witty host Cyrus Sahukar.

During the Masterclass session, Kunal Kapoor narrated his story of how he decided to choose fund-raising in addition to his acting career. The star’s first instance of giving back was at the age of 14, where with the help of his friends he helped his watchman’s son buy school books. Before becoming an actor, Kunal worked in the stock market for over a year which gave him good knowledge of business. Eventually, he realised he could use his acting fame to aid social causes. Over the years, Kunal worked with a number of charitable organisations like Save the Children, Akshara Center, Mijwan Welfare Society and with the help of his friends he started Kwan Foundation, which brought individuals from all sectors to support their favorite causes.

Varun Sheth was a financial whizz-kid and after graduating from Narsee Monjee College he began working with ICAP. He was excellent at his job and garnered a fat paycheck for himself, but the monotony of the job got to him and he soon realised that he wants to contribute to the society. He joined the Dasra Social Impact program, a social welfare foundation, and was immensely pleased with what the organisation was doing for the common people and other NGOs. Soon after, he came across Kunal Kapoor and they joined hands to start Ketto.org.

Crowd funding

Ketto’s concept of crowd funding social causes, creative ventures and careers has been widely accepted. So far, Ketto has raised close to Rs. 30 crore through 10,000 campaigns and they continue to churn out meaningful campaigns.

To quote the dynamic duo, “We all have ambitions and dreams but not many are inspired enough to pursue them and that is the reason we are very happy to be a part of Signature Start Up Masterclass as it helps us in encouraging people to follow their passion and make a difference.”

The evening witnessed a remarkable turnout at Playboy Beer Lounge, comprising of people who were seeking inspiration to turn their passion into paycheck. Following the interactive session, the audience was entertained by a live performance by the band Donn Bhat & Passenger Revelator.

SignatureStartUp.in – My Mark, My Signature is an online platform launched by United Spirits Limited – A Diageo Group Company to inspire talented individuals to convert their passion to a paycheck. It houses a series of ‘Signature Start Up’ stories of real life individuals who are driven by their dreams, passion, and commitment and have made their mark in various fields.- PRNewswire

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