Entrepreneurs in the making: Govt schoolkids showcase green ideas
New Delhi: Based on personal experiences, students of government schools have come forward with innovative ideas to save the environment in their first startup pitches in the entrepreneurship curriculum.
While three Class XII students of Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Lajpat Nagar, suggested cotton chapati covers to replace widely used aluminium foil, five Class XII students of School of Excellence (SOE), Kalkaji, thought solar sheets could be a cheaper alternative to costly solar panels and a Class XI student of the same school proposed online delivery of ayurvedic products on the line of Swiggy and Zomato.
They are now waiting for the Rs 1,000 seed money promised by Delhi government in its last budget to nurture entrepreneurial mindset among students. The ideas were proposed at the second edition of Pitch Café, a platform provided by Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology-Delhi (IIIT-D).
For cotton wraps, Priyanshu Shukla, Mehak and Kusum Kumari prepared a business plan after surveying cloth samples. “With the seed money, we will have around Rs 5,000. As per our calculation, we will have a profit of around Rs 1,500 even after paying for tailoring. By engaging local tailors, we will also generate employment,” said Shukla.
Kumari said they had gone to nearby Bhogal to survey the materials. “Similar products are sold at Rs 50 apiece online. We have calculated that even at Rs 20, we will make a profit.”
The Kalkaji group chanced upon the solar sheet plan after reading an article about the high energy demand in India. “But solar panels are expensive and high-maintenance. So we want to create foldable solar sheets,” said Vaibhav Madaan.
The idea is still in a nascent stage. The team, which also includes Tushar Upadhyay, Aman Chauhan, Devashish Bisht and Vikesh Pandey, were mentored by some IIIT-D students. “Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia told us to treat failure as a step and not to get discouraged,” said Madaan.
Geetanjali of the same school got the idea of medicine delivery from her personal requirement. “My mother asked me to get an ayurvedic product when just before a function, I got allergic eruptions on my face. But I couldn’t find it. I realised these products were not readily available, though people now preferred them,” she said.
“So I want to build a mobile app for instant delivery, which will also provide a platform to small suppliers and sellers and generate employment for delivery persons,” Geetanjali said.