IIT Roorkee alumni’s travel startup partners

Ahmedabad

A travel-Tech startup established by alumni of IIT Roorkee, has partnered with Union Ministry of Tourism’s Incredible India campaign, to offer interactive virtual reality experiences of touristic destinations to the users. OutsiteVR was founded in 2016 by Amit Singh and Mayur Karodia, from the Department of Architecture and Planning (2010-15), IIT Roorkee. OutsiteVR is innovating reality with Immersive Technology in the Travel & Hospitality Industry. It is enabling travel enthusiasts to experience travel destinations and unexplored places from their comfort and make informed travel plans.

The partnership is in line with Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of #AatmaNirbharBharat and supports world-class products manufactured in India. “We are thrilled to partner with the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, to offer personalized and immersive travel experiences which help users to travel our Incredible India from the comfort of their homes. I would like to thank our mentor & alumnus Mr. Pramod Saxena, Chairman of Oxigen Services and Aarambh Ventures for constant support & helping us to accomplish this mission. Also, I am thankful to our faculty (especially Prof. P. S. Chani & Prof. Avlokita Agarwal from Architecture & Planning Deptt.) at IIT Roorkee. The partnership underscores our commitment to support the Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi’s vision of #AatmaNirbharBharat. Virtual Reality is an enabler to boost India’s tourism potential and help regain the confidence of users once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides” said Amit Singh, IIT Roorkee alumnus and Co-Founder & CEO, OutsiteVR

“Travelling in virtual reality is the #NewNormal and we are building a technology that makes VR accessible to the masses. In this global crisis, we are aiming to help people travel safe & make better travel decisions” said Mayur Karodia, IIT Roorkee alumnus and Co-Founder & Head of Products, OutsiteVR. “The innovative & immersive solutions offered by OutsiteVR will enable us to showcase India’s cultural diversity and heritage on a global tourism map. OutsiteVR’s one-of-a-kind solution satiates the users’ wanderlust amidst the COVID-19 lockdown. This partnership will help travel enthusiasts to experience Incredible India even from any corner of the world & facilitate informed travel plans by the users” said Venkatesan Dhattareyan, Regional Director (West and Central Region), Ministry of Tourism

“We are delighted with the success of Amit and Mayur. Their pathbreaking professional journey will encourage more students to discover their passion and charter their unique entrepreneurial courses,” said Prof. Ajit K. Chaturvedi, Director, IIT RoorkeeOutsiteVR has also been conferred the prestigious “National Tourism Award-2019” by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for its contribution to encouraging international tourism through the innovative solution. It has earlier won MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in February 2018. The MIT innovation program is one of the best business programs for the world’s leading entrepreneurs. It has also been featured amongst India’s TOP-24 innovative startups on CNBC & CNN TV in 2017. Moreover, it has won the first prize at IIM Ahmedabad’s Masterplan’18 (National level business plan competition) as well as ‘1 Cr Challenge’ by Matrix Partners, India. Both the founding members are distinguished TEDx Speakers.