Shehan here from New Zealand.Been a long time reader here and although I had not posted till now, I have learnt a massive amount about the Indian startup ecosystem through great posts from the rodinhooders here!My day starts with opening 4 tabs; TRHS,YourStory,VCCircle and The Economic Times.The startup bug bit me a little while back and so I’ve been busy validating my startup idea and trying to get things into place.
A bit about myself; I’m 21 years old, mad cricketer, got bored of the degree and been wanting to start something of my own for as long as I can remember. So I dropped out of my Computer Science degree last year and went about working on a cricket ecommerce venture which will be based in India for obvious reasons!
So as first step,I recently visited India to get a feel of the country I’ll soon be moving base to. I loved my short stay. As part of my trip,I wanted to get some sort of validation on my business plan from any credible person in the cricket industry. The amount of support and interest I received was amazing! This included the support from the world’s number 1 cricket equipment maker SG amongst many others 🙂 I was also able to get the attention of a prominent investor who agreed to talk to me as a potential mentor.But that meeting has to wait because I need to sort out my travel documents.
Now this is where I need help from you guys.I’m not Indian nor do I reside in India. I’m Sri Lankan born and been residing in New Zealand for the last 10 years. This means that registering a company in India will be a bit complex with visa issues and all those legal headaches :/
I’m in touch with a Rodinhooder who is a CA and we are currently looking into what options I have available to me. Basically, I need to move base to India (business visa? employment visa?) and incorporate the company. While we will have to follow up with the embassies from the 2 countries, I thought it would be really helpful if I could hear from any Rodinhooder who might have been in my situation before.
Also, I’m hoping to set base in Mumbai, so if any of you guys have any suggestions as to where I could look for rental apartments at relatively affordable prices that would be awesome!
Any help and advice will be greatly appreciated 🙂