Majeen Agro Pvt Ltd
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It takes a lot of courage and commitment to build a startup, and we strongly believe in ideas that change the world. As the new batch of young and enthusiastic individuals begin their journeys at UIncept, we are taking the opportunity to interview them and gain an insight into what drives them.
Today, we are in conversation with Shubhankar Chamoli, the co-founder of ‘Majeen Agro Pvt Ltd’.
What is Majeen Agro Pvt Ltd and where did you come up with the idea?
Majeen Agro is a startup that aims to make farming a profitable venture by integrating farming and making sure that the local produce gets better field value by increasing its shelf life.
This startup is something I created with the intention of helping the farmers of Uttarakhand.
Farming isn’t very lucrative over there. This has led to more than 700 villages being declared as ‘ghost towns’, as people have migrated elsewhere in search for better livelihoods. So the idea behind this startup stems from the personal experience of witnessing the village I grew up in depopulate, which was extremely heartbreaking.
Can you take me through your educational journey?
I did my elementary schooling from Jaspur Village of Chamoli District, but the opportunities were limited there. Thus, I shifted to Dehradun, where I completed my secondary and senior secondary education.
I then pursued B.Com Honours from the University of Delhi and got placed at Ernst and Young, where I worked for a year or so before moving back to Dehradun.
What were you like as a teenager? Did you ever think of starting up while you were in school?
I come from a humble background where simplicity and straightforwardness are the way of life. You complete your education, get a job, and then get married and settle down. That is what was taught to us and so I never considered entrepreneurship as an option back then.
But even at a young age, while I didn’t know much about entrepreneurship, I had the ability to see everything for its monetary value. And that ability only developed and enhanced as I matured and helped me realize that I have a knack for building something that changes the world.
Describe yourself in 3 adjectives.
I’d say I am hardworking, evolving and observant.
Which entrepreneur do you idolise and why?
For me, Ratan Tata is my idol and inspiration.
Tata group, as a company, has worked a lot for community welfare and if you read about Ratan Tata, you will realize how people-driven his ambitions are.
His work is aimed at helping people and giving back to the community, and that is something I want to accomplish with my venture.
What was your family’s reaction to you wanting to start a startup?
My family had expected me to pursue a different path altogether. My father, especially, wanted me to be a civil servant. So I prepared for it and even cleared the written examination. But it was during the interview phase where I realized this was not something I wanted to do. Fortunately, I did not clear that round. (laughs)
I sat down with my parents and explained to them what I wanted to do. As expected, they had their reservations about how lucrative a career I can make out of working primarily for social welfare.
However, they agreed to give me a couple of years to see how things go. For now, they are as supportive as they can be. It’s been one year so far, and I just hope my venture succeeds.
How do you deal with setbacks?
What really motivates me is knowing I’m following my passion and working towards helping people.
Thus, every time I face a setback, I remind myself that my work is worth something and can actually make a difference. It can contribute to the development of the community and the country. That thought always helps me bounce back and work harder.
One misconception you had about startups that got cleared once you began working on yours.
Oh, that’s simple. Before I began working on Majeen, I wan under the misconception that everyone would like my idea and be ready to buy my product.
I realize how much effort it takes to even get people to hear you out, and it’s even harder to keep them interested. It has been a pretty eye-opening experience.
What made you apply to UIncept and what do you expect from your journey here?
Belonging to a small town, I recognized that Delhi would provide me with the best opportunities for starting up. So I did my research and was impressed with what UIncept had to offer.
I believe this incubation programme will give me the right mentoring and help me grow as an entrepreneur.
As far as my expectations are concerned, I am hoping that UIncept will help me meet the right people at the right time.
This session was hosted by UIncept, India's premier business incubator and accelerator. In our pursuit to share the best industry knowledge, we host founders to share their learnings and journey through conversations and interactive sessions. Learn more about UIncept and our programs here.