One of the youngest business minds in modern India, Mr. Kartikeya Sharma is a man of diverse interests. And the main source of inspiration lies in how he has channelized these interests into successfully running ventures with his brilliant entrepreneurial acumen. Let us look ahead further to know more about this amazing young achiever.
Mr. Kartikeya Sharma is the Founder and Managing Director of Information TV Private Limited i.e. iTVNetwork, one of the very popular news broadcasting networks in India today.
If you are a sports enthusiast then you must already have heard about the Pro Wrestling League. Now, this wrestling championship has been launched after a collaboration between Kartikeya Sharma’s sports company ProSportify and the Wrestling Federation of India.
In just 35 years of age, Kartikeya Sharma has become one of the most prosperous entrepreneurs in India. He is an alumnus of the Oxford University and Kings College London, from where he completed his Honours and gained a Master’s in Business Management. After this, he moved further ahead and founded several startup companies in media and sports. Having achieved so much in such a short span of time, Mr. Sharma was given the prestigious “News Television CEO of the Year” award in 2016 by the eNBA Awards.
Today, Kartikeya Sharma is best known for his mega-gamma ventures of The Pro Wrestling League and his iTV Media Network. Sharma is a noteworthy personality when it comes to his contributions in the arena of sports in India. Pro Sportify, a new age sports programme, was first launched by Mr. Kartikeya Sharma back in 2015. It was then formed as part of a local sports venture, for the development of athletic activities and sports at the national level.
With his keen vision of boosting the level of sports in India, Sharma targeted to nurture the vast field of talent that our country owns. It is indeed factual that there are hundreds of thousands of talented sportspersons in every corner of the country, but only a handful of them can actually make it big. The majority of this vast talent pool goes untapped and unacknowledged, for which lack of suitable opportunities and inferior playing conditions are mostly responsible. So Kartikeya Sharma, along with Pro Sportify, aimed to provide that much-needed support and a platform to talented individuals so that they could pursue their passion for sports and achieve their dreams at an international level.The result is a collaboration with the Wrestling Federation of India to launch the Pro Wrestling League.
This wrestling league is a subsidiary programme that is fully owned by Pro Sportify, which is vying with Mashal Sports that hosts the Pro Kabaddi League. Sharma and his team have reportedly partnered with SportySolutionz, a Noida – based sports agency, for the Pro Wrestling League.
Pro Sportify has said in an official statement that their entire approach to developing the sport of wrestling in India will be of professional standards. They have refused to compromise on the essence of this sporting activity and its basics, which will be clearly evident in their ventures. With this venture, Sharma aims to boost wrestling in India to similar heights as IPL Cricket.
The iTV Network was launched by Mr. Kartikeya Sharma back in the year 2007. Since its inception till date, this media company has garnered tremendous popularity and a huge base of followers.
iTV Network owns a wide variety of both television and print as well as online publications. Some of India’s best news channels and newspaper publications are part of iTV Network.
At present, it hosts two well-accepted news channels which broadcast national news. Both the English and the Hindi news channels, NewsX and India News, respectively, have gained topmost rankings all across the country. And given that there is cut-throat competition at all levels, the skyrocketing popularity of these media channels in a short time is definitely a commendable achievement.
The English news channel was acquired by Mr. Sharma in 2012, and as of now, NewsX is the only free-to-air 24-hours English news channel in India.Till 2015, Kartikeya Sharma was successful in launching 5 regional news channels via the India News network, which broadcast local news across Rajasthan, Haryana, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and several other states.
NewsX has bagged several esteemed awards at an international level and also boasts an online media publication. Alongside an English online news portal, iTV also owns a portal that publishes news in Hindi, called Inkhabar.
And when it comes to print media, two of our country’s leading dailies, namely The Sunday Guardian and Aaj Samaaj are owned by Kartikeya Sharma’s iTV Network. The Sunday Guardian is a Delhi – based English newspaper that was launched back in 2010, and Aaj Samaaj, introduced in 2007, is distributed nationwide.
So to sum up, today, iTV owns 3 National and 5 Regional channels for news, 2 newspaper dailies, and 2 online news portals. And to top it off, iTV has also becomea major stakeholder of Trilogic Digital Media Ltd, a rapidly developing broadcast management agency that manages channel Sahara One.
In light of his myriad achievements, Kartikeya Sharma is undoubtedly one of the most prominent Indian businesspersons. His accomplishments will surely be a never-ending source of inspiration for generations of young entrepreneurs in India and across the world.