Over the last 3 weeks we had guest blogs from entrepreneurs who have successfully run the small-town model. Of course, they had not used the term “small-town model” before, but now they do, and with that, we hope to have started a concerted push towards the small town model has started.
Each success story had its own importance. Navin Khabiya, a first-time entrepreneur figured that his company NSquareIT in Ahmedabad could do much better by having a small-town centre in Rajkot. When we talked, it was amazing to see the complete sync in our thinking. Milind Prabhudesai, of BizKonnect, on the other hand, a seasoned entrepreneur with prior successes under his belt, not only succeeded with the small town model twice (first in Aurangabad, then in Murgao), from his experience he could share the tips and tricks for others to benefit. When I complimented Miliind, he very inspiringly wrote:
“We strongly believe in the model and hence it has been straight from our heart and real. It has been such a pleasure to create jobs in these small towns that it makes the entrepreneurial journey even more fulfilling.”
The big lesson I learnt at Hubli from the story of Sankalp and their subsidiary Eklakshya. was that the small town model need not limit to the low-tech but aspire to the highest tech and the most complex jobs. I had the opportunity to meet Vivek Pawar of Sankalp who started on his small town journey 10 years back in the field of VLSI – no less – and turned it into a huge success that it is today. I also met Yesudas Achary who heads Eklakshya and runs the Susandhi program that turns underprivileged 12th standard students into VLSI engineers who are hired by companies like Sankalp, Motorola and TI!
We are already discussing how these pockets of success can be brought together on a platform to create a virtuous circle for the small town model and help it take its rightful place in the overall off-shoring / outsourcing umbrella. In the meanwhile, we will keep on showcasing more such stories. If you are aware of any such stories, please let us know and we will be happy to present them.
At Hubli, I also had the opportunity to meet Nitin Kulkarni, head of CTIE at BVB college. An unbelievable 38 startups are operating out of the campus of BVB college under the CTIE program. There is something to be said about the small-town with a good university and colleges. This is precisely the ecosystem that can create small town start-ups. In Hubli they are taking up global problems as well, but these small-town start-ups could be especially well-suited for problems of the non-urban India, with their proximity to the problems.
Giri, Founder and CEO, Ideas To Impacts