Many people never have the fortune of discovering their passion; others never get the chance to
explore it. Bimal Bhojani, Founder, CEO, and COO of Raining Berries, has been lucky enough to do
both. Born in 1969 in Kampala, Uganda, he immigrated to England with his family at several months
old due to political tensions in the country. There, his parents Praphul (Ron) and Chandrika worked
hard to build a solid foundation for the future. When the rest of their extended family became
refugees at the hands of Idi Amin's Ugandan regime, Bhojani's parents took in and supported them in
England until they could get on their feet.
When Bhojani was 14 years old, he started working at his family's new business, Mayfair Sports. Through this, he built connections in the sporting industry, working with the likes of Adidas, Reebok, Nike, and Puma. These years were formative in developing his business and personal skills, connecting him with people in sales, IT, security, marketing, and more. The family decided to sell the company in 1999, and Bhojani moved into the foreign exchange markets. Working through and with the institutional client desks, he dealt with in the FX Markets, and banks like Deutsche, Citigroup Global Markets, and Barclays Capital, turning over an average of $200 million a year. This job was 24/6 and allowed him to form global connections. Despite finding immense success with this job, he yearned to build something from scratch and seeking a new challenge. In the early 2000s, still working as a currency trader, he decided that moving to the United States and building a private preschool from the ground up would be the perfect challenge. Working with the office Enterprise Florida Chaired by Governor Jeb Bush, Bhojani started his business while sitting in another country in 2003. In 2007, after a long immigration process, he arrived in Wesley Chapel, FL, with his young family. After continued work, he opened the doors to a private school in September of 2009. As the owner, he made an effort to connect with each parent and child at the school. He worked 14 hours a day to make sure that he was present from open to close, and could provide the highest level of care for each child.
The facility received Gold Seal, Advanced ED, and NECPA accreditations. In 2012, Bhojani was invited to the White House alongside Mayor Bob Buckhorn and other business owners to discuss job creation with some of President Obama's advisory team. He also formed a relationship with the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, serving as a Board Member through his role as a Care Provider. In 2016, he donated scholarships for 12 children on waiting lists for subsidized childcare, the equivalent of $92,000. For this gesture, Bhojani was nominated for a Be More Award. Bhojani decided to part ways with this business in 2018 to spend more time with his children. He still works with the ELC, now holding a Non-Profit Director's position.
In the several weeks he took off after selling his preschool, Bhojani traveled with his children and rediscovered his passion for coffee. His family worked in the coffee, tea, and sugar industries in Uganda for approximately 200 years. They owned Tea, Coffee & Sugar farms, and agricultural equipment, and served as distributors for international harvester, caterpillar & firestone.
Bhojani's love for people, community, and coffee led him to Raining Berries. Since coming up with the idea, he has dedicated himself wholeheartedly to the project. He wants to revolutionize the industry by combining a conference room system and state-of-the-art facilities to maximize customer satisfaction while incorporating sustainable options and products. After years of working in the Sporting, Banking, and Childcare industries, this is Bhojani's passion project. He is combining his devotion to family, inclusion, and learning by bringing people together with the way he knows how: through sharing a cup of coffee. In his free time, Bhojani enjoys long-distance running, CrossFit, traveling, and following his beloved soccer team Liverpool FC. With Raining Berries, he hopes to give back to his native Uganda through the donation of 1% of profits to the creation of Rainingberries across the nation. Opening its first corporate store in Lutz, FL, in winter 2019 & St. Pete, FL late summer 2020, the company is projected to franchise over 500 stores by 2025.