Rhea Bhandare is a partner & co-founder of 5 Sports. She has a B.A. degree from the Ivy League, University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), U.S, and has previously worked with some prominent establishments in the corporate world across management consulting, public relations and retail.
Rhea is also a four time Indian Junior National Squash Champion. She represented India internationally from the age of 11, winning tournaments across Asia, Europe and the United States. She has also represented India at the Asian Junior Squash Championship and Pre-Common Wealth Games. Her highest rank in squash was 3rd, globally in the juniors category. She went onto represent UPENN in squash and was awarded the All-American title, given to top players in the USA.
After being in the corporate world for 7 years, Rhea decided to join her family business and is currently a partner at Bhandare Eyecare, Mumbai’s leading optical retailer for over 80 years. It was while working in the business when she decided to start her own entrepreneurial venture, with the range of her own eyewear range, RBee Eyewear. In early 2017, Rhea decided to follow her passion for entrepreneurship and sports once again and founded 5 Sports. She aspires to build sports programs and centers across the country being able to make a difference in some way to peoples lives in India.