Quenching His Entrepreneurial Thirst

Prabhu Gandhikumar belongs to a family of entrepreneurs and seeks new challenges constantly. After completing his mechanical engineering and having worked in the IT industry in the US, he returned to India to join his father’s foundry business. But the urge for challenge led him to food processing segment, beverages to be precise. Prabhu shares his experiences in setting up and challenges in running Tanvi Foods, and how he learnt the ropes on the job.

How Sucharita Mukherjee set up Kaleidofin

Former CEO of IFMR Holdings, Mukherjee, felt a deep desire to make an impact on the lives of  underserved customers. She designed Kaleidofin’s financial products keeping in mind the background, risk profile and behaviours of this customer segment, customizing financial solutions to meet their specific needs.

Shubham Jain’s learning experience

When he shifted from Kolkata to Bengaluru, the obstacles he faced while furnishing his home led him to his business idea. Along with Manish S Sugandhi and Aditya Sharma, he set up GrabOnRent Internet Pvt Ltd, an online product-rental marketplace, which is built on trust, quality and reliability.     For Shubham Jain, shifting to… Read more »

Four IIT Alumni foray into IoT

Axilor Ventures, Keiretsu Forum and CIIE funded Detect Technologies was set up at IIT Madras’ incubation cell in 2013 to build technologies for the heavy industrial sector for asset monitoring. After five years of research and development, the founding team came out with market ready products. It now aims to build and supply technology and… Read more »

Entrepreneur Journey: Manna Foods

I.S.A.K. Nazar, its founder, was focused on consolidating the company’s activities in FY17 by creating proper systems and addressing distribution challenges. This year, the company aims to hit revenues of Rs. 140 crore, on the back of a strong product mix (pickles, dry fruits, smart kitchen range and baby foods) and renewed brand positioning. With… Read more »

The growth journey of Paper Boat Beverages

Hector Beverages started up with the vision of selling functional energy drinks for the Indian audience. Quickly, it pivoted to launch Indian beverages like aam pana and panakam. Now, the company is gearing up for its next transformation and expanding its product mix to include snacks like chikki, 500 ml and 1L packs of its… Read more »

Structured Acceleration: Interview with Ganapathy Venugopal of Axilor Ventures,

Ganapathy Venugopal, co-founder & CEO, Axilor Ventures, takes us through his firm’s accelerator program and the key takeaways for budding entrepreneurs through this program. Axilor Ventures, an accelerator and a seed fund, was set up by veteran entrepreneurs and senior leaders, S.D. Shibulal, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Srinath Batni, Harvard Business School Professor Tarun Khannaand Ganapathy Venugopal…. Read more »

Why NeoGrowth’s Khaitan is paying attention to unit economics

Omidyar Network, IIFL Seed Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Aspada Investment Company funded NeoGrowth facilitates digital lending to consumer facing small businesses and aims to build a sustainable competitive advantage around achieving scale, favourable unit economics and superior customer experience.

PineLabs: Bringing simplicity into PoS Systems

Pine Labs provides retail PoS solutions which simplify payment acceptance (for merchants), while also offering a host of features to benefit the issuer, merchant, brand and customers.