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Shri. Sudhir Gupta
Advance Hydrau-Tech
In 1979,he had completed Chartered Accountancy and was asked by one of his relatives to join his manufacturing unit. Sudhir Gupta didn’t envisage much happiness in going through life enduring the trials of a trial balance or clocking figures accrued in the profit & loss accounts of assorted businessmen. He had a keen interest in being a businessman, but needed a capital investment of at least Rs.1,00,000. With no financial backing, he somehow managed to get the amount from friends and relatives and turned entrepreneur in 1980. In 1988, bagged the first export order from Bahrain and the second one was from Dubai. He began with a 500 sq. feet factory. Today, they are operating out of three factories, totaling about 75,000 sq.ft. Manufacture about 300 machines a year and export to about 68 countries. Currently, Gupta is being lauded for his efforts in the genre of manufacturing machines for recycling and reprocessing of waste material. His firm has found success worldwide as a forerunner in designing and manufacturing state-of-the-art waste management solutions.
 
Smt. Sarita Sarvria
Express Housekeepers
At 28, Sarita Sarvria – an employee with the Taj Group Of Hotels - discovered that she’d been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug! And it was a visit to London in the 1980s, that helped crystallise her business direction. The high standards of facility management services captivated her psyche and Sarita soon realised that this was her true calling. In the late 1980s, Sarvria, a first-generation entrepreneur, green-lighted her firm Perspective Services with a humble capital of Rs. 25,000, hiring 10 trained housekeeping boys and a single supervisor. Procuring contracts was an uphill task, since the concept of facility management services was labour centered. A decade of experience in the hospitality sector had strengthened her resolve to “start a novel and unique business in the corporate sector” and Sarvria’s firm later assumed the identity of Express Housekeeper Pvt. Ltd. in 2004. She started with 10 employees and aims to make the company’s presence felt globally, with over 25000 employees, today and a top line of hundreds of Crores.
 
Shri. Arun Prakash
Genetix Biotech Asia
Realising that an M.B.B.S degree wasn’t going to be his lot, Arun Prakash opted for a career in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry, amassing experience over a span of few years. In the interim, however, Prakash stumbled upon a significant lacuna between the medical products and services that Indian customers were facing from their suppliers. And it is thereon, that he identified the vocation of his life. Coming from a non-business background and a first-generation entrepreneur he started the business with very little money. The import regulations were very tough then, and not many would dare to put their money and effort into such a business. But with the unique cutting edge technology and best product mix, he has always been 5-10 years ahead of the competition, in terms of quality and logistic support. In 2010, he created the ‘Genetix Brand’ and in 2011, diversified into core healthcare with medical devices with the formation of ‘365 Medical’ for distribution of products for Advance Wound Management, Critical Care and Ostomy. Generally regarded as a ‘First Doer’ in the global market in many respects, he was the first to create a completely new business model in the biotech industry. Genetix Biotech was the first company in Life Sciences to start warehousing products , the only one to come up with the first Catalogue in 1996. Also, the first company in the Life Sciences market that provided over 10,000 SKUs from their inventory. Apart from offering a platform to a number of young new entrepreneurs, Arun has and continues to provide employment to hundreds of highly-educated people.
 
Smt. Mohini Kelkar
Grind Master Machines
Mohini Kelkar along with her husband Milind Kelkar , both production engineers from the famed Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute (V.J.T.I) in Mumbai, started Grind Master in 1984 by producing the first cookware polishing machine for Nirlep. Ddeveloping indigenous metal finishing machines from a rented garage at Aurangabad, employing just one person was a tough task. It was in 2000, however, when the company found its scintillating métier: Micro-finishing. As original equipment manufacturers, they compete with top German and Japanese companies and are still the preferred choice for many global players, because of their unique approach- believing in the policy that 100 – 1 = zero! Mohini says, "The brand is based on trust, innovation and expertise, If a customer gets one percent less from our expertise, it amounts to zero, for us.” With a dedicated R & D team developing breakthrough technologies for over 30 years, the company today has emerged as an ace exporter to China, UK, US, Mexico, Middle East and South-east Asia, selling over 4000 machines, worldwide.
 
Shri. Ajay Sood
Kumar Exports
The foundation of the Kumar Group was laid down by the late T.N. Sood as a modest unit with a primary investment of Rs.100/- during the year 1952. The maiden product crafted was pulleys, manufactured with the help of a lathe machine. Ajay carried and built on the legacy further, adding casting, forging and precision turned components to boast of an asset value today, of around 100 Crores. With an enviable track record and established credentials as exporters and manufacturers of machined castings, forgings and precision turned components, Kumar Exports serves national and overseas OEMs, majorly catering to the automotive industry and the agriculture sector. They have achieved zero PPM in exports since the last many years, creating an impeccable export track record without any returns, cancellations or defects.
 
Shri. Amit Mehra
Medico Electrodes
Starting by joining his fathers Medical Recording Paper trading business, Amit commissioned the first factory, in 1995, for manufacturing ECG Chart paper. It was his vision for the future that he ventured into the manufacturing of disposable ECG Electrodes in 2002 and success fueled his passion to move the manufacturing activities to a much bigger “state of the art” facility to Noida SEZ in the year 2006. Today they manufacture a full range of latex free ECG Electrodes for all cardiac monitoring and diagnostic procedures and are supplying to over 30 countries. With a constant endeavour to grow in 2015, the company acquired 100% shares in Ambu White Sensors Ltd., a UK based manufacturer of Tab Electrodes, Electrosurgical Plates and Hydrogel from Ambu A/s. The acquisition consisted of two manufacturing plants in Warwick, UK, thus providing a multi-national base to the company. With the acquisition, the company has taken one more step towards achieving its goal of selling a Billion ECG Electrodes per Year by 2020. Amit's exemplary leadership, hard work & dedication is a case study for entrepreneurship.
 
Smt. Sangita Palshikar
SKP Bearings
Sangita was born in a maharashtrian middle class family in Pune and in the year 1992 her family moved to Wadhwan, Surendranagar. She saw an opportunity in the availability of highly accomplished mechanical skilled workers in abundance & founded SKP Bearing Industries to manufacture needle roller, cylindrical roller and special purpose pins. Sangita had her fair share of resistance from her peers, as her choice of work, has been a traditional male dominated industry, however she proved her acumen by sheer hard work and huge sense of commitment. Sangita believes in taking care of the Eco-system and it is reflected in the way the company carried out the mission of water re-circulation, water harvesting and achieved Zero Carbon status. In 2011, Sangita received the SPECIAL MENTION AWARD as an Outstanding Women Entrepreneur, from the President of India.
 
 
Shri. Amitesh Singh
Suman Forwarding Agency

Amitesh, joined forces with his father to kickstart a logistics firm, in 2000, given his entrepreneurial thirst. From a humble transportation company to emerging as a trend-setter providing customised solutions in the sector of multi-modal transportation and logistics,  rising virtually from scratch to pegging a turnover of Rs.200 crore in over a decade, SFAPL and Singh have certainly come a very, long way. States Amitesh, “The joy of being part of the supply chain that finds a way into the lives of people, directly or indirectly by way of supplies seemed to be a great achievement in itself.”Considered  a trend-setter in rail, road and water transportation and value-added support, their expertise lies in providing customised solutions to meet the requirements of any business, emphasizing on functionality, deliverability and flexibility.

 
 
Shri. Sanjay Jain
T.T. Limited
TT Textile was established 65 years ago as a small textile company and underwent the ups and down of the textile business as did many others. Sanjay, took over the responsibility from his family and has planned and driven the growth of TT Group creating a large scale yarn manufacturing enterprise, ranking among the top in India. Setting new bench marks in the garments industry, the group has ventured into ‘Mega-projects’ in cotton yarn and raw cotton. Sanjay's visionary approach to ring-spun yarn production and a commitment to invest in latest technology made TT one of India's most innovative textile companies. His leadership has made T.T. group, essentially the only "Cotton" company which is already on the world Cotton scene.
 
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