Delhi: Eco-friendly, low-cost start-ups galore at expo for government school children
The Delhi government’s Business Blasters program and exhibition held at Thyagraj Stadium on Saturday drew an overwhelming response, with stalls set up by 100 teams of public school students buzzing with visitors and investors throughout. the day. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who visited the expo, said ‘crores’ had been invested by entrepreneurs in the start-ups and the initiative would be launched in private schools from the start. next year.
“The government of Kejriwal is fulfilling the dreams of Babasaheb Ambedkar, and the Business Blasters program and its exhibition and summit are an important step in this direction… In view of its success, in the coming times, the government of Delhi will launch the private program. Delhi schools as well. India cannot become a five trillion dollar economy with the mindset of job seekers. We can only take the country’s economy to new heights by nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit among students across the country,” he said.
As part of its ‘Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum’, the government had launched the Business Blasters scheme in all its upper secondary schools in September 2021 by giving Rs 2,000 as start-up capital to students in classes XI and XII to develop their business ideas. entrepreneurship. After several rounds of scouting, 100 teams were selected for the exhibition. Members of the top 10 teams will be directly admitted to BBA courses at Delhi government universities.
Many exhibited start-ups placed a strong emphasis on environmental friendliness and sustainability, as well as low cost. Emphasis was also placed on products for school girls, such as washable menstrual underwear and reusable sanitary napkin holders.
“We saw at school how difficult it is to constantly worry about getting a stain or having to rush to the bathroom to change towels. In this underwear that we made from bamboo fiber, banana fiber and microfiber, you can easily handle a flow of around six hours if it’s moderate. It is eco-friendly because it can be washed and it can be worn for up to a year,” said Himanshi, from SKV, JJ Colony, Wazirpur. Each costs Rs 300, while the production cost is Rs 250.
Another start-up that used eco-friendly products was Vishwas Flutes, made by SBV students, Peeragarhi, who used PVC and UPVC from construction sites and hardware stores to make flutes that sound just as good as traditional flutes. “Usually these pipes are thrown away, but we used them to make flutes. We make the marks at appropriate distances, then we place a tuning cap on one end of the flute. Bamboo flutes usually cost from Rs 4,000, with these costing as low as Rs 400. They are also not disturbed by humidity and last much longer,” said Aditya Kumar, one of the students.
Several investors who visited the stalls said they would invest. Many of them had come from different states, just for the expo. Ranjan Anandan, MD of Sequoia Capital, said: “I often wonder what the future of India is. This morning it became very clear to me. Business Blasters and EMC is the answer to the question “how can we create 100 million jobs in India”.
“What these kids have delivered with the start-up capital of only Rs 1,000-Rs 2,000 is outstanding. The best part is that their ideas were born out of community needs. Being impressed with them, I have already invested in three business ideas – Biothene, Gr8 Adverts and TechUp,” said Rajeev Saraf, CEO of Lepton Software of Gurgaon.