When small business wins big!
Here's a look at those entrepreneurs who won at Smbhav 2020
on 16 January 2020
1Started by Bala Sarda in 2015, Vahdam is taking India's finest teas & superfoods to the world, under a home-grown label. Over the last 4 years, Vahdam has built a truly global Indian brand & shipped its products to millions of consumers. It gets majority of its revenue from the US, Europe & South Asian countries. Selling on Amazon has helped Vahdam Teas grow 50x in the last 4 years & reach new customers in over 90+ countries. The brand has raised over USD 16MM in venture capital & has been endorsed by global icons like Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey & many others. Bala, started the brand at the age of 23 & comes with a deep-rooted passion to build India's largest global consumer Indian brand.
2A feminist at heart, Tanvi believes that women need to come forward and talk about issues that the world is still not talking about. Her brand Carmesi is a manifestation of her beliefs. Carmesi makes products and creates awareness on women's issues that have remained neglected & tabooed. She started Carmesi in 2017 targeting menstrual hygiene issues and has grown the brand to be one of the most prominent brands in India for women's hygiene. She dedicates a large part of her brand's growth to Amazon, & has ambitious plans to further strengthen the presence of Carmesi on the platform. In 2019, she won the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia & India.
3PlayShifu is a tech startup reimagining toys, with the goal to engage, entertain and educate kids. With headquarters in Bangalore, Dinesh Advani and Vivek Goyal co-founded this venture in 2016.
Their flagship products are powered by Augmented Reality to make S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) learning fun and develop foundational skills in early childhood with hands-on activities that help children find sustainable solutions to real-world problems. The brand started with journey with Amazon in India and now are selling in 5 more Amazon marketplaces in the US, CA, UK, DE, and JP.
Playshifu users associate the brand with innovative and unique play experiences that are fun, engaging and build early childhood skills.
4Arjun Vaidya is the CEO at Dr. Vaidya's- New Age Ayurveda. Prior to his entrepreneurial stint, Arjun graduated from Brown University, USA with a BA in International Relations and Economics. He then worked in private equity at a consumer sector focused fund, L Capital Asia (the private equity arm of the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy Group). In October 2016, Arjun quit his job to take on his 150-year-old family legacy of Ayurvedic formulations that his grandfather left behind. Arjun was recently the first Ayurvedic Entrepreneur to be featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia List for 2019 and BW 40 Under 40 List and his goal is to take 150 years of family legacy and 5,000 years of Ayurvedic science to the 21st century! Outside of work, Arjun is an advisor to football focused NGO, Just for Kicks, is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a Mentor at the Atal Innovation Mission.
5Loom solar is a start-up, founded in 2018, in Faridabad by two brothers, Amol and Amod Anand. It makes mono solar panels and AC modules to generate electricity, thus reducing pollution and dependency for energy on national grid.
It offers products across India including villages through 1500 re-sellers with promised delivery within 3 days. In 2020, they aim to reach 100 million customers through digital platforms and a sales revenue of INR 100 crs.
Their partnership with Amazon has helped make 8120 homes from 4,300+ pin codes solar powered.
6Pee Safe is a leading hygiene and wellness brand that was born out of a personal experience. Their flagship product is the Pee Safe Toilet Seat Sanitizer Spray. This went on to become a bestseller and today, Pee Safe’s products are a preferred choice amongst their customer base.
Apart from the flagship product, other offerings include eco-friendly Sanitary Pads, Organic Cotton Tampons, Menstrual Cups, Panty Liners, Breast Pads, Natural Intimate Washes, Wipes and Sweat Pads for both men and women, and Pollution Safe Anti-Pollution Dust Masks. The founders Vikas and Srijana Bagaria have more than 24 years of extensive business experience. Their vision is driven by the objective of making life easier for millions of women through innovation.
7Born to an Army officer, 2 sisters Payal & Pooja had an insatiable hunger for challenges, one such being to bring about a change in the social and economic condition of rural home based women. This led to the inception of Kadam. Working against barriers of gender, caste, and communities, the organization has now grown to touch the lives of more than 6000 women. The sisters were recently also awarded the Women of Worth award 2019 by Outlook Business who named them “The Crafters of Joy”.
8Being Chef provides an exhaustive solution to daily food requirements in a healthy and economical manner with flexible mode of subscription and on-demand nutritional meals. During his short consulting experience, the founder, Shubham struggled to manage his daily food requirements. Self-cooking was tedious, cooks were scarce, irregular & less skilled. Moreover, in India where 15% of the population sleep hungry every night, food wastage bothered him the most. So, he conceptualized a product with which anyone can cook anything within 5 mins and 8 simple steps, without any hassle and food wastage. With almost 6 years of experience, Being Chef strives to make people healthy through their daily food intake. They has served above half a million meals and 17,000+ people efficiently in a day. Shubham was also awarded the Youth Changemaker Award and with Being Chef, he aims to make India a zero food wastage nation.
9Try and Buy Fashion is a deep tech company in the area of computer vision and artificial intelligence with granted US Patents & other international patents. They make “digital twins” of customers, thus, revolutionizing virtual try-on dresses, surveillance and face recognition based payment.
The company has developed proprietary software which offers virtual try-on solutions for fashion e-commerce and offline stores. The features include- try-on clothes on specific body model, compare various sizes, mix & match, and get size recommendations.
10ClearDekho is India's Leading Budget Eyewear Brand. The platform uniquely blends both online & offline shopping experiences to provide standardized & consistent affordable optical solution to anyone, anywhere. The company is addressing a major need-gap by improving accessibility to affordable eyeglasses across Tier 2, Tier 3 & Tier 4 towns & cities targeting low income mass market population across the country. ClearDekho pioneers transformation of local unorganized optical retail market into ClearDekho branded retail stores to help facilitate standardized solution to the mass market consumers.
The brand strongly believes in developing an ecosystem of affordable eye-care while working with the key stakeholders like optometrists to develop a scalable & long term sustainable business model to support growing demand. They have opened 50 stores in just 24 months of operations and grown 9X in total sales. The founder, Shivi, has 7+ yrs. of core optical experience with passion to build high impact scalable & sustainable businesses. He started ClearDekho with a strong belief in exponential impact of a simple pair of eyeglasses over billion lives in India. He leads strategy, business planning, new initiatives, product sourcing & investment at ClearDekho.