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Green Business Podcast
Podcast about climate entrepreneurs and their journey to build scalable businesses.
2 days ago
Venu Polineni from Telluris Biotech: Bio-based solutions for agriculture
Venu Polineni is founder of Telluris biotech. Telluris offers bio-based crop protection and plant growth products that replace chemical fertilizers and insecticides. Telluris is powered by its strong team with more 100 years of research and scientific expertise, that has enabled it to get multiple patents on its products. Venu did his masters in bioscience at University of California and worked there as a Research Associate for four years before moving back to India to start Telluris. In this podcast, we discuss: 1. Market landscape for Biobased products 2. Competitive advantages of Telluris 3. Changing regulatory landscape for Bio-based products 4. Raising capital for a Deep tech startup
Nov 17, 2021
Ankit Mittal from Sheru-Battery swapping network
Ankit Mittal is co-founder of Sheru (https://sheru.se/). Sheru is a battery swapping network that allows electric autorickshaw drivers to swap batteries and pay for it as they use it, instead of having to purchase it. Since Sheru drivers don’t have to invest in batteries or wait hours for charging, they can be more productive and earn more. Sheru’s driver currently cover almost 15,000 kms per day and are growing by 50 per cent month on month. Ankit holds an engineering degree from the BITS- Pilani, where he also met his co-founders-Shikhar and Nakul. All three of them were also colleagues at Grey Orange, where their friendship deepened and they decided to plunge into entrepreneurship. We talk about: 1. Battery as an asset- Improving asset productivity 2. Battery swapping versus charging 3. Unit economics of swapping for drivers and Sheru 4. Sheru’s growth plans
Nov 1, 2021
Dr. Sivaram from Proklean Technologies : Probiotic cleaning solutions for Industries
Dr. Sivaram Pillai is co-founder of Proklean technologies (https://proklean.in/). Proklean delivers sustainable biodegradable products for industrial applications in textile, leather, paper and home cleaning industries and its customers include marquee names like Arvind mills, TNPL, Raymond and ITC. Dr. Sivaram has a PHD in Biochemistry and worked for more than 3 decades, including as CEO of EID parry before starting on his own. Proklean was born in 2012, with an objective of manufacturing green products that deliver more than the traditional chemical products. Over the years, it has expanded its product portfolio, raised several rounds of capital and has built a strong team of over 70 people.
Oct 20, 2021
Dr. Medha Tadpatrikar from Rudra environment : Converting plastic waste into oil
Dr. Medha Tadpatrikar, co founder of Rudra environment (https://rudraenvsolution.com/). Rudra offers a unique solution to tackle non-recyclable plastic waste such as chips wrappers, chocolate covers etc by converting it back to oil, which is used as a fuel in many industries. Medha and her co-founder Shirish learnt plastic recycling from the grounds up, by heating plastics in the pressure cooker in their kitchen. It took them seven years to commercialize their innovation. We talk about 1. Plastic to oil technology- risks and advantages 2. Managing costs and staying profitable 3. Raising capital 4. Pursuing your dreams
Oct 5, 2021
Dr. Rashi Gupta from Vision Mechatronics: Batterywali
Dr. Rashi Gupta is founder of Vision Mechatronics. Vision Mechatronics manufacturers Lithium-Ion battery packs and the plug and play energy storage systems for commercial and industrial applications. Dr. Rashi started working with Lithium-Ion batteries way back in 2016. Given her long association with batteries, she is also referred to as “Batterywali” in the industry. We talk about 1. Evolution of energy storage business in India 2. Stationery and mobile energy storage market 3. Battery chemistry and performance 4. Battery recycling Hope you enjoy this conversation.
Sep 18, 2021
Victor Lesniewski from Khethworks: Enabling agriculture through affordable solar pumps
Victor Lesniewski is COO of Khethworks, that is empowering small farmers with its affordable and very efficient micro solar pumps. In India, where the adoption of solar pumps has been driven by government programs/subsidies, Khetworks is building a new category of solar pumps that are cost-effective and do not need subsidies. Victor and his colleague Katie, who were graduate students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. relocated to India in 2016, to start Khethworks. In this episode, we talk about * Building high-quality products * Sustainable and scalable business models * End-user financing of solar pumps * Prioritizing right tasks
Aug 12, 2021
Rahul Dev from Nebeskie Labs - Building a galaxy of connected devices
Rahul Dev Mandal is the founder of Nebeskie labs, which is helping companies cut their power bills. Nebeskie stands for galaxy of stars, reflecting Rahul’s vision of building a network of connected devices that can provide useful insights on machine productivity and save costs. Unlike many IOT companies that serve specific industry segments such as factories, commercial buildings and reach clients directly, Nebeskie wants to be domain agnostic and is looking to tap into vast network of energy auditors and system integrators to reach its clients. Can Rahul scale up Nebeskie labs, lets find out
Jul 28, 2021
E waste champion: Achitra Borgohain from Binbag Recycling
Achitra Borgohain is founder of Binbag Recycling, which is solving the problem of e-waste, through its-market place Cycloza. Achitra learnt the harsh ground realities of the recycling business by being a recycler himself - while India generates 3 mn tones of e-waste, less than 10% is formally processed because recyclers don’t find it profitable. Based on his on-the-field insights, Achitra built-up Cycloza as an e-waste market place and ERP solution for recyclers to facilitate their businesses and improve profitability. Achitra narrates his journey of being a e-waste recycler and of building an e-waste market place,
Jul 15, 2021
Sanitation hero: Sanjay Banka from Banka Bioloo
Sanjay is co-founder of Banka BioLoo. Banka BioLoo is a biotechnology-based, affordable, onsite sanitation system that is widely used in train toilets, construction sites, schools and many other places. Its clients include Indian Railways, L&T, Shapoorji Pallonji and Government of Telangana. Sanjay started his career as a research analyst with Reuters and Global Data. While he had a full-time day job, he supported his wife Namita’s sanitation start-up in the evenings and on weekends. After a couple of years of managing two shifts, Sanjay quit his day job and became a full-time founder. He then led the company to its IPO and in 2018, Banka BioLoo got listed on SME stock exchange. Sanjay talks about journey of scaling up Banka bioloo and the virtues of patience and discipline in fund raising,
Jun 30, 2021
Mr. Water Geek - Ganesh Shankar from Fluxgen Technologies
Ganesh Shankar is the founder of FluxGen technologies that provides IOT enabled water platform for companies to help them reduce their water consumption by up to 30%. FluxGen solutions are used by over 30 corporates including Britannia industries, Titan Jewelry and GKNM hospital, Coimbatore. Ganesh shares following insights 1. Manufacturing industries are very dependent on water, for example a bar of 100 gm chocolate consumes 10 bathtubs of water 2. True cost of water for industries could be more than the 10 times the price of water, as it includes the cost of electricity, chemicals that are used along with water 3. SEBI now requires top 1000 listed companies to disclose their water usage Decreasing availability of water and increasing governance on water usage are creating a compelling case for rapid adoption of tech enabled water management solution. Can FluxGen take advantage of this unique market opportunity? Let’s find out.
Jun 16, 2021
An unconventional scientist: Dr. Vanita Prasad from Revy Environmental
Like most biotechnologists Vanita was on her way to pursue a career in life sciences, when a chance visit to a slum helped her realize that unhygienic living conditions were the cause of most diseases and improving waste management systems could address many health-related problems. She then changed the topic of her doctoral thesis to waste management & developed a patent on creating hydrogen (fuel) from waste. Vanita is now founder of REVY environmental solutions, that supplies bio cultures to improve the efficiency and profitability of waste management companies. Over the last 5 years, Vanita has helped revive many non-operational wastes to energy plants and also inspired many women to consider waste management as a career option. In this episode of Green Business Podcast, Vanita talks about her experience of scaling up Revy.
Jun 2, 2021
Captain Cool: Madhusudhan Rapole from Oorja Energy
If there is one thing the ongoing pandemic has taught us, it is the importance of open air and ventilation. Now, how do we keep our homes/offices ventilated while retaining their coolness, saving the environment and money? Our guest, Madhusudan Rapole from Oorja energy has figured out a way to do just this, by offering sustainable cooling solutions that work effectively in open spaces and also cut down utility bills. Oorja offers radiant and geothermal cooling solutions, that could supplant the need for costly air conditioning. Over the last decade, Oorja has deployed these solutions across all types of buildings including libraries, offices, warehouses and military barracks. In this episode of Green Business Podcast, Madhu narrates his experience of scaling up Oorja energy.
May 18, 2021
Farmer's Friend: Piyush Sohani from Sistema bio
Biogas is a very useful technology for farmers as it allows them to generate fuel and electricity from their cattle waste. However, its adoption among Indian farmers has been very poor, with less than 15% per cent of 45 mn* dairy farmers using it, despite numerous government programs and subsidies. In this episode we speak to Piyush Sohani, who heads India operations of Sistema bio, a global social enterprise that is trying to disrupt the way biogas is sold in India. Piyush talks about the following: 1. Why do farmers not trust Biogas technology? 2. How are Indian farmers different from farmers in other countries? 3. How is Sistema changing the game with product innovation and go to market strategy? 4. What are the growth drivers for biogas market in India? · Estimated that nearly 50% of 100 mn farmers in India have at least 2 cattle.
May 7, 2021
Rebuilding livelihoods through solar solutions
The ongoing pandemic has taken a huge toll not only on lives but also on livelihoods… Empowering small businesses is the most powerful way of rebuilding livelihoods and what better way than building livelihoods in a climate-friendly way. Our guest today, Tushar from DD Solar, is doing just that by empowering micro entrepreneurs with his solar cooling solutions. His solar fridge allows street vendors such as flower sellers, sugarcane vendors to keep their products fresh longer, thus boosting their incomes. In this episode Tushar narrates his journey to exploit the market opportunity for solar cooling solutions.
Apr 22, 2021
Solar powered apartments
Does your apartment complex use solar power for its needs? most likely not. Solar panels can significantly reduce power bills for residential apartment complexes, and yet, this segment remains largely untapped by the mainstream solar industry. Our guest today is trying to do just that - enable residential apartment complexes to harness solar power. In this episode Sarvesh Shetye from PeriUrja Energy talks about this solar opportunity in gated communities and the future of distributed renewable energy.
Apr 14, 2021
Tackling plastic pollution - Straw by Straw
Single use plastic cutlery is hard to replace, due to lack of availability of alternative products. But this hypothesis is exactly what Manigandan from Evlogia eco care is trying to change through his high quality organic cutlery products that are sold worldwide. In this episode of Green business podcast, Manigandan talks about the growing market for single use cutlery in the wake of covid. building a profitable business and learning from failures.
Apr 7, 2021
Episode 2: Vikas Brahmavar - Water Warrior
Vikas is the founder of Transwater systems, which offers solutions to treat waste water so that it could be reused. He works with apartment complexes, IT parks and industries to help them convert their waste water into high quality water. Vikas talks about opportunity in waste water recycling , water as service business model and his passion for saving water.
Mar 31, 2021
Episode1: D.B. Prabhu, E-Waste Kingpin
D.B Prabhu is the founder of Respose Waste Management and Research Pvt Ltd, Respose stands for Responsible disposal and is India’s largest manufacturer of e-waste recycling machines. In this episode, Prabhu talks about e-waste recycling opportunity, need for conducive eco system for developing e waste recycling industry and surviving covid-19.
Mar 1, 2021
Episode zero: Introduction to Green Business Podcast
Green businesses are on the rise as many entrepreneurs decide to tackle climate change through their solutions in waste management, water conservation, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and so on. This podcast celebrates climate entrepreneurs and digs deeper to understand the opportunities and challenges of scaling such businesses.