Outlife is learning and training division of Greater Hyderabad Adventure Club (GHAC), which is the largest and most-active adventure club of India. Outlife was started in 2013 to train corporate professionals on the skills of leadership and management using experimental learning and behavioral training with the blend of outbound and adventurous activities.
It is a graduate company of Founder Institute Accelerator, Hyderabad. It also have adventure travel marketplace on their website that help individuals, groups and corporate in finding best possible adventure tour operators from all around the country.
Diyanat Ali, founder of Outlife says, “There is more to learning and life then just boardroom and work. Outlife focuses on leveraging the power of experiential learning through activities, outdoors, adventure and nature to help individuals, corporate and groups get better with teamwork and leadership through their own experiences and reflections.”
Bootstrapped with very minimal amount, Diyanat tasted instant success in his startup when he signed his first client in less than a week time. Later, he realized that the time has come to grow the startup aggressively. So, he raised 5 lakhs as seed fund from his family after 6 months of operations.
Today, Outlife have 5 full-time and 30 part-time associate consultants, trainers and facilitators supporting his vision. They even have an army of 150 associate adventure experts, who help them in conducting adventurous activities. They are conducting 10+ events every month and eyeing turnover of 1 Cr per annum. Presently they have 50 active clients such as Google, Cognizant, HSBC, Microsoft, IBM, Dell, Amazon, Delloite, Accenture, Wipro and many more multinational companies.
Diyanat is a computer science engineer from Osmania University with 8 years of experience working in corporate sector. He is also the first graduate of Founder Institute Hyderabad Chapter, which is an international program based out of Silicon Valley, California, USA. He was a speaker at the TEDx Deccan 2011 and was featured in the Limca Book of Records in 2013 for his exceptional work with the GHAC.
He is a serial entrepreneur, who successfully transformed his passion into million-dollar business. When asked what motivated him to start, he says, “A childhood passion for the outdoors and adventure and learning through reflection and experiences motivated me to start Outlife.”
Outlife provides many services for corporates such as experimental learning, leadership development, management development, outbound training, employee management, team building, psychometric assessment, etc.
He says, “We help individuals, groups and corporate apply their knowledge and conceptual understanding to real world problems or situations by developing skills through practice and reflection with experiential learning activities that range from adventure, nature, team building, travel, drama, theater, art, storytelling etc. “
Since experiential learning and adventure travel are 1000 Cr and 600 Cr industries respectively, Outlife is slowly emerging as go-to guy in this space for themed and curated adventure trips for corporates. Due to their incredible success in Hyderabad, Diyanat is hunting appropriate opportunities in metro cities like Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi to expand their operations this year.
Due to the lack of professional companies in India that provide safe and curated experiences for corporates, colleges and schools, Outlife wants to dominate this space. Diyanat has a reason for it, as he says,” Unlike many training and adventure companies, Outlife offers authentic and curated experiences that are developed and delivered by certified trainers, facilitators and instructors to meet the learning and experiential needs of the clients.”
He himself is a certified and skilled trainer, as he worked as a Senior Under Officer at National Cadet Corps for 3 years and even won NCC Best Cadet Award from Army Wing from A.P at the Republic Day Camp, New Delhi in 1997.
Diyanat wants to share his entrepreneurial wisdom with budding entrepreneurs, as he says, “Focus and count on your own strengths and take help where you lack the expertise and talent. Develop the entrepreneurial behavioral side like risk taking, perseverance, and resilience to be successful in anything you do especially if boot strapping.”
Since he has successfully grown two companies in his life, he says, ‘’Hire the best guys. The right team members can be the difference between failure and success. Ensure regular commitment and accountability from the team for achieving results. Adopt a “No asshole policy” right from the start.”