Tilak is among the fastest to be knighted as an entrepreneur - for he is just 13!
What is the conventional life of a 13-year-old like? Going to school, participating in extracurricular activities, playing sports, video games, watching the TV - you may say.
But 13-year-old Tilak Mehta is already a budding entrepreneur!
The teenager has established a logistics startup that is helping the strong network of Mumbai’s famous dabbawalas earn an alternative source of income.
Christened ‘Papers N Parcels’ (PNP), the logistics service couriers papers and small parcels across Mumbai in a matter of four to eight hours.
The young entrepreneur is an 8th grader at Garodia International School in Mumbai. What got him thinking was an incident where he forgot some books at his uncle’s place, and wished there was a service that would help him get those books couriered to himself immediately.
“I was thinking about this for days and when I saw a dabbawala in my building, the idea for Papers N Parcel struck. I always marveled at the swiftness and the efficiency of the dabbawala’s food delivery network, and I wondered if the network could be used to allow deliveries of even non-food items,” he recounts.
“It didn’t matter if I was young and still in school. I took it up as a problem that was waiting and wanting to be solved, and there was no turning back,” he tells us. His father, Vishal Mehta, who happens to be an established player in the logistics industry, helped “courier” this idea from paper to market.
While he is the sole founder of the company, his uncle Ghanshyam Parekh, who comes with a compelling background in finance, is the CEO. Their core team also includes Vaishali Nandu, who is the Project Coordinator and Jignesh Brahmkhatri, who has years of experience in mobile and web-based innovation, as CTO. The company has a team size of 180 at present.
Owing to this robust support system, Tilak manages to divide the first five days of a typical week between school and work, and split the weekend between work and his hobbies.
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