Journey of starting a firm while in college, and six years later mentoring micro startups.Akshay Dalvi
It is all about appreciating the idea and help them have a successful journey.
I first thought of starting a business when I was an intern at Larsen and Toubro. I was still pursuing my under graduation. That is when I started working on my ideas. The thing with ideas is they come up easily, challenge is to nurture and implement them. During the early years, being a first generation entrepreneur was not easy.
With a few of my friends I started a social work. We collected money by selling T shirts and gifted bio degradable bags. To survive and manage funds, I started to learn code with my hostel mate. I spent time on learning SEO and marketing skills. Not to forget I had my electrical engineering exams lined up every six months.
Post my graduation, I did sales for one of my product. I had to switch between roles of being the developer, salesman, writer and much more.
Later on I started my own digital marketing firm, I consulted companies, wrote a book, wrote blogs and did almost as many things I could do. I invested my time as much as I can learning.
When I realised in 2016, that all we need is support to nurture our ideas. I started working on a platform for dreamers. I wanted to create an environment to empower them. I started working with very young people who had dreams and passion but no recognition. In a year we have over 12000 member family. We reached young people and started supporting their dreams.
This is when I had a twist in the tale. I thought of coming out of the business rat race and be a mentor to young entrepreneurs. I handed over my business and the idea to empower passionate visionaries to my long term colleague.
My passion in life is to connect with people and help them reach their dreams and that's what I could still do with ideas and journeys foundation.
Where we serve for a cause of many. It is all about appreciating the idea and help them have a successful journey. Ideas and Journeys is now managed and directed by Priyanka Aush who is an Electrical Engineering graduate and a marketing expert. Priyanka has worked with me on every project since 2011. I'm glad she could pick up things from where I have left them. Today, Priyanka drives our passion as I feel happy every time we touch a dreamer's dream to reality.