Beginning in 2007 with the purchase of a Subway franchise, Vijan Patel’s career as an entrepreneur has been wide-ranging. Although he came to Australia in 2003 to study automotive engineering, and landed a job as a service advisor in Toyota, after that first Subway opening, by 2012, Patel was the owner and franchisee award winner of five successful Subway stores.
After the sale of these franchises, he successfully purchased and managed two award winning IGA supermarkets as well as a Quest serviced apartment franchise. “I would say the single most important moment in my career was when Pat and I purchased a supermarket for a dollar,” says Patel.
In 2015, Patel founded the Pentagon Group, a boutique property development and investment firm. “We take pride in offering unique and specialised property services in the residential, hotel and commercial sectors.
“Good friends are the motivating factor in my life,” says Patel. “I am always looking for ways to improve and challenge myself. I guess that’s what drives my success.”
A different side
I believe: Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm [Winston Churchill]
What I love about Australia: Coffee, multiculturalism, equal opportunity
What I love about India: Food, history, architecture, unity and tolerance
Favourite hang-out in Melbourne: Collins Quarter
A must-read: The Happiness Advantage: The seven principles of positive psychology that fuels success and performance at work by Shawn Achor
My advice to entrepreneurs: There are no secrets of success. It is a result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure
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