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ABOUT THE KOLKATA
THUNDERBOLTS

Kolkata thunderbolts is a leading men’s volleyball team from Kolkata ,West Bengal playing in the Prime Volleyball League in India. The team was founded in 2021 and owned by Kolkata Sports Ventures. They are the current defending champions, having won the 2022 PVL Season by defeating Ahmedabad Defenders in the finals. Their aim is to bring the sport of volleyball into the main stream and make it a integral part of sporting culture in Bengal.

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Pawan Kumar Patodia

Co-Founder & Chairman

Mr Pawan Kumar Patodia, 58, a Master’s in Commerce has a Diploma in Taxation Law. Being an expert, Mr Pawan Kumar Patodia possesses multi industry management knowledge including Joint Ventures, Sports Organisations and Franchisee businesses. Simultaneously, he is a fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India with an Executive MBA course from XIMB, Bhubaneshwar.

In 2004, he started pursuing his career as an entrepreneur by working in the Plywood sector and today he is known among well known Industrialists of Kolkata. With nearly 15 years of experience in corporate financing, he is one of the noted financer of Bengal too. He takes interest largely in activities around the world which helps enrich the team knowledge.

Thunderbolts Kolkata is fortunate enough to have him as the guiding light.

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Vineet Bhandari

Co-Founder

Vineet, 41, is known widely as a business advisor in Eastern India. He is an active Ventures and Acquisition partner at SPINX Capital.

His association as the Regional Head with Global Consulting Firm – Deloitte & Touche Tohmatsu (Corporate Finance) and Aditya Birla group, brings multi functional abilities to take this venture on top.

With an experience of over 20 years across Entrepreneurship, Corporate Finance, M&A, Structured Credit and Investments, his mentorship and advices are assets to the team Thunderbolts Kolkata.

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Vinay Kishan

Co-Founder

Vinay Kishan, 48 years from Bangalore has over 27 years of experience as a successful Entrepreneur and has garnered universal industry experience from his tenure in companies like HSBC, GE and TCS. Currently he is engaged in managing multiple investments in start-ups and family businesses both in India and Dubai.

He also manages Sabari Group, a very well known entity in Karnataka who are into high quality infrastructure and civil projects for a lot of Government agencies.

The passion for sports comes from his initial experience as a sports person. He has been a successful state level athlete and a table tennis player during his college days as well. With the immense value that Mr. Vinay brings on board, we are sure to achieve newer heights in our journey.

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Sumedh Patodia

Team Director

Sumedh is a recent graduate from the flagship MBA program at IIM Ahmedabad. Sumedh has previously worked in the front-end investment banking team at HSBC India. He is a graduate of Emory Goizueta Business School (USA).

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