Today, we will share with you the success stories of few Indian entrepreneurs who literally started with almost nothing. These stories are very much inspiring and motivating for the younger generation of entrepreneurs.
1. Patricia Narayanan
Patricia Narayanan has become the winner of 'FICCI Woman Entrepreneur of the Year' award.
She started her journey 3 decades back as a humble entrepreneur selling eateries on a mobile cart in Marina beach amidst many odds including personal problems. However, today she is the owner of a chain of restaurants. She started her business with just two people and now she has more than 200 people working for her in her restaurants. From travelling in cycle rickshaws, she has moved on to own her own car. Her revenue has gone up to two lakh Indian rupees a day.
2. Karsanbhai Patel
Sabki Pasand Nirma!!!
The story of Karsanbhai Patel is truly motivating as it narrates how an Indian entrepreneur took on the big MNC's to discover success in the Indian detergent market. It was in 1969, that Dr Karsanbhai Patel entered the Indian domestic detergent market. At that time, the domestic detergent market was ruled by few MNC's.
Karsanbhai Patel used to make detergent powder in the backyard of his house. He also gave money back guarantee to every pack that he sold. He was able to sell his detergent at Rs 3 per kg when the cheapest detergent available at that time was costing Rs 13 per kg. This helped him to target the middle and lower middle income classes.The consumers were able to have a quality detergent powder at an affordable price.
3. Ramesh Babu
Ramesh Babu is a barber!!!
Much of his early life was spent in the struggle for survival. In 1993, he bought a used maruti van. From 1994 on wards, he got into car rental business. Slowly, he started adding more cars to his fleet. Till 2004, he had only five to six cars.The competition in the sector was intense as everyone had small cars. So, he decided to get into luxury cars because it was something which no one else was doing. He was the first person in Bangalore to invest in a brand new luxury car and it went very well. In 2014, he has a fleet of 200 cars and out of which there are 75 luxury cars including a range of Mercedes, BMWs and Audis.
4. Dhirubhai Ambani
The most enterprising Indian entrepreneur, he started his career selling bhajias” to pilgrims in Mount Girnar over the weekends. He moved to Aden, Yemen after doing his matriculation. He worked there as a clerk in an oil company and as a gas station attendant. After returning to India in 1958 with Rs 50000, he setup a textile trading company. In 1992, Reliance became the first Indian company to raise money in Global markets. It also became the first Indian company to feature in the Forbes 500 list. The FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) named Dhirubhai Ambani as the Indian Entrepreneur of the 20th century. Dhirubhai Ambani passed away on July 6, 2002, at Mumbai.
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