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Purpose from the heart: no barriers to business –  Hardeep Rai, Founder & Director, Kaleidoscope Group

About This Episode

Hardeep Rai is the founder and director of Kaleidoscope Group, the portfolio of companies that say there should be no barriers to business for those with disabilities.

The journey began for Hardeep after his son, Eshan, was born following a number of complications, which led to a severe brain injury, learning difficulties and a physical disability. From a successful career in financial services, Hardeep soon understood no amount of wealth could reverse a disability. But the attitudes from those with wealth to disabled people certainly could be changed.

Starting with Kaleidoscope Investments, the fund putting money behind business ideas originating from people with disabilities, Hardeep has helped many disabled entrepreneurs throughout their business life-cycle, with a motto that “integration not discrimination is our motivation.”

Hardeep Rai, Founder & Director, Kaleidoscope Group

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Lockdown List

What is a book that has changed your life?

The Bible! That also happens to be the only book I have ever read cover to cover.

What are you watching at the moment?

I don’t watch TV, as usually I don’t have enough spare time, but if I do, I usually have it in the background when I am working on my laptop. Generally, I love any Jurassic Park movie, or anything to do with Planet of the Apes!

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My son. He taught me that there is another level of communication that is beyond words. 

 

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Working with business attire above my waist and casual attire below it! 😊

Whats your quote for life?

Discover what your hidden talent is in life, and use it to do something that gives you happiness.

What is your best tip for life?

“If you lead with purpose, people will follow, and profit will come.”

 

What five songs made up your lockdown soundtrack?

I love this question because I have an extremely eclectic taste in music

  • Thomas Otten – Ombra Ma Fui
  • Era – Don’t go away
  • Andrea Bocelli – If Only (Ft. Dua Lipa)
  • Ten Sharp – You
  • Carpenters – Top of the World

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