Agents of change | Calcutta News
Bengal’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is thriving, thanks to these lofty dreams and wild spirits. From tech support to agriculture and online education to niche travel and interior design, these go-getters have put together business solutions that keep pace with the changing times.
Aunkita Nandi was born and raised in a middle class family in Burdwan, her father a government employee and her mother a housewife. But, from childhood, Nandi focused on starting his own business, one that would be able to generate jobs. A software engineer, she continued to develop applications on her own and finally realized her dream in 2015 with Tier 5.
Today, Nandi’s software development start-up is valued at $ 12 million, employs around 100 people and has 15,000 customers worldwide. “Tier 5 specializes in making innovative, user-friendly products that empower business owners to grow their operations and reach more customers. Although we have an office in Kolkata, the head office is in the United States. We have designed over 21 products and eight more are in the works, ”said Nandi, the Managing Director.
With the well-being of farmers in mind, Shashank Kumar and Amrendra Singh founded agro-tech start-up DeHaat in 2012. Farmers can register through an app or call for advice related to growing, seeds, the purchase of fertilizers and, above all, the sale. of cultures. “At present, there are 85 DeHaat centers in Nadia, Hooghly and Murshidabad. We are trying to create more opportunities for Bengal farmers with our support. We also set up warehouses to solve storage problems and contacted more than 10,000 farmers. We plan to add 1,000 micro-entrepreneurs to our network during the current fiscal year, ”said Kumar.
Asked about his plans outside of Bengal, Kumar added, “We are also helping farmers in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. We aim to reach five million farmers across the country by the end of 2024. ”
A group of city tourism experts recently launched digital-age travel startup TravelLive. Pinaki Mitra, founder of the startup, said: “As travel operators we have covered 60 countries and our startup will help people explore new places on an affordable budget. We plan to broadcast live video while traveling abroad. One can step onto the OTT platform and live with the group – whether it’s splendid Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower or migrating wildlife into the Masai Mara or the Machu Picchu site of the Inca civilization in Peru. We have done extensive research into post-pandemic travelers’ choices in designing our tours for the next six to eight months. ”
The journey of Ark & Arts, an interior design consultancy startup, began in 2011. Founder and lead designer Ankita Baid said they were working in both the commercial and residential segments on traditional designs and modern according to the style and needs of a client. “Whether it’s a modest family home or Rajbari, a small business office or a large resort, our team can implement a beautiful design transformation. We carry out imaginative and thoughtful space planning in accordance with the tastes of our customers, ”said Baid.
For the city’s mutual fund investors, the initial pandemic blues was followed by a significant recovery afterwards. This acted as a catalyst for the online education and financial technology platforms, Elearnmarkets and StockEdge, led by startup Kredent Infoedge on the concept of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”. Vineet Patawari, its co-founder and CEO, said: “Financial markets are witnessing a radical shift from a traditional commission-driven model to a digital platform. The emergence of direct stocks as an asset class has been bolstered by the pandemic with more than 1.5 crore of new investors added to the country in the past 15 months. ”
Then there are the lending startups like mPokket, which are finding a silver lining in business amid the pandemic. “Under the current circumstances, people often need small loans for emergencies. Banks do not offer such loans because they have a high acquisition and service cost. It is through our instant loan application that we lend money to students and young professionals and the loans range from Rs 500 to Rs 30,000. Borrowers can repay the loan in three months with nominal interest ”, a said its CEO and founder Gaurav Jalan.