Indian Entrepreneurs Success Stories

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Indian Entrepreneurs Success Stories

Below Mentioned are Indian Entrepreneurs who started with almost nothing in hand and yet were able to make multi-million companies.

Sridhar Vembu

CEO of Zoho Corp. (formerly AdventNet Inc.), the company behind the Zoho suite of online applications.

He co-founded AdventNet in 1996 and has been CEO since 2000. AdventNet has transformed itself from a modest beginning as a software company serving network equipment vendors to be an innovative online application provider.


success storiesIt has maintained growth and profitability, without needing outside capital. Prior to AdventNet, Sridhar worked as a wireless systems engineer at Qualcomm, Inc. where he was fortunate to work with some of the leading minds in wireless communications.

Sridhar Vembu’s Zoho competes successfully around the world with some core products of Microsoft, Google, and Vembu shuns outside capital, but if Zoho were to be valued, it might be well over $1 billion.

He grew up in a very modest middle-class family in Chennai. His father was a stenographer in the High Court. Neither his father nor his mother went to college.

He went to a Tamil-medium, government-aided school till Std 10, and then he did 11th and 12th in an English-medium government school.

He did well at school and he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.

Dr.Arokiaswamy Velumani

Thyrocare’s Velumani: Owns no car, lives in a small quarter, but helms a Rs 1,320-crore company.

Velumani doesn’t own a car. He makes do with small living quarters above his large lab in Navi Mumbai but still ends up sleeping in the lab most nights.

Born to a poor landless farmer in a nondescript and obscure village of Appanickenpatti Padur in Tamil Nadu, Arokiaswamy Velumani found himself at the bottom of the ‘ten slices of the pyramid’.

Dr.Arokiaswamy Velumani

Velumani was so poor that he sought government subsidy to go through school and college.

Today, he is the owner of the world’s largest thyroid testing company, that boasts of 1,122 outlets across India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and the Middle East!

He started his career as a shift chemist at Gemini Capsules, a small pharmaceutical company in Coimbatore, in 1979 and earned a measly sum of ₹150 every month. The curtains came down on the company three years later and Velumani found himself without a job.

After 14 years of servitude at BARC, Velumani put in his papers. He decided to channel his expertise in thyroid biochemistry to set up testing labs that detected thyroid disorders. With Rs. 1,00,000 from his provident fund, Velumani, at the age of 37, opened a shop in Byculla, South Mumbai.

Thyrocare is worth ₹3,377 crores (in May 2016 ) and has made its debut on Indian bourses! Velumani owns a 64% stake in the company, which makes him worth ₹2,158 crores!

But it doesn’t end there for Velumani and his team. Thyrocare is also working towards developing a subsidiary to focus on cancer screening through molecular imaging.

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Mahesh Gupta Chairman Kent RO Systems

A mechanical engineer started in 1985, from a small room in his house with just 20,000 which he had saved from his job with IOCL.

His first invention was in the field of petroleum conservation instrument where he earned fame and half a dozen patents to his credit.

His turning point came with the establishment of KENT RO SYSTEM in the year 1998 when he charted out on a new enterprise after jaundice gripped his son in a posh colony of South Delhi.

Mahesh Gupta kentKnowing that jaundice is a water-borne disease, Gupta researched and analyzed all the available water purifiers in the market.

He was dissatisfied with available options and decided to make a better quality purifier. After several trials, he made his own water purifier and became confident that is product is good enough to be marketed. “Coming from an engineering background, making my own water purifier was not a difficult task; all I needed to do was export the components. – Mahesh Gupta

The experiment turned into success. And then I thought to bring it out in commercially in the market. I started from scratch with an investment of about 1 lac and a four-member team.

Today Kent has grown a 40% market share in RO mineral and has turnover 580 crore and 2,500 employees.

Kailash Katkar

Born in a small village at Rahimatpur in Maharashtra, Kailash Katkar worked his way to the top to be chairman and CEO of INR 200 Cr business. He is the man behind Quickheal Technologies Pvt Ltd.

kailash khatkar quickheal

He started with a job at a local radio and calculator repair shop and later went ahead in 1990 to start his own calculator repair business.

In 1993 he started a new venture, CAT computer services where around that time his younger brother Sanjay developed a basic model of antivirus software which helped in solving the biggest problem of computer maintenance at that time.

Later in 2007, it was renamed as Quick Heal Technologies. He achieved all this without any formal education.


P C Mustafa ( Coolie’s Son who Set Up 100 Crore Company with just 25,000 )

This is the story of a man who failed in Class 6 but went on to join the Regional Engineering College (now the National Institute of Technology), Calicut and the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore.

P C Mustafa

This is the story of a man who decided to become an entrepreneur and employ people from rural India.

Today, fresh idli and dosa batter made by P C Mustafa’s company ID Fresh reaches homes in Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mangaluru and even Dubai.

Today, we produce around 50,000 kg in our plant. The total investment must be around Rs 4 crore (Rs 40 million) and our revenue is Rs 100 crore (Rs 1 billion).

When we became a Rs 100 crore company in October 2015, we celebrated in a grand scale. We have grown from producing 10 packets a day in 2005, with just my cousin managing the kitchen, to 50,000 packets a day with 1,100 employees in 10 years.

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Dhiru Bhai Ambani

India’s largest private sector company. Created an equity cult in the Indian capital market.

Reliance is the first Indian company to feature in the Forbes 500 list. Dhirubhai Ambani was the most enterprising Indian entrepreneur.

His life journey is reminiscent of the rags to riches story. He is remembered as the one who rewrote Indian corporate history and built a truly global corporate group.

Dhirubhai Ambani alias Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani was born on December 28, 1932, at Chorwad, Gujarat, into a Modh family. His father was a school teacher. Dhirubhai Ambani started his entrepreneurial career by selling “bhajias” to pilgrims in Mount Girnar over the weekends.

After doing his matriculation at the age of 16, Dhirubhai moved to Aden, Yemen. He worked there as a gas-station attendant, and as a clerk in an oil company. He returned to India in 1958 with Rs 50,000 and set up a textile trading company.

In 1992, Reliance became the first Indian company to raise money in global markets, its high credit-taking in international markets limited only by India’s sovereign rating. Reliance also became the first Indian company to feature in the Forbes 500 list.

Dhirubhai Ambani was named the Indian Entrepreneur of the 20th Century by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). A poll conducted by The Times of India in 2000 voted him “greatest creator of wealth in the century”.

Dhirubhai Ambani died on July 6, 2002, at Mumbai.

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