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Differently-Abled Man in India Builds Electric Bikes From Recycled E-Waste

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According to a popular English proverb, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’. One man in Gujarat is following suit as far as this proverb is concerned, since Vishnu Patel, 60, is differently-abled and has stunned automobile engineers with his innovation. Using just e-waste like discarded mobiles, laptops, TV remotes and vehicle parts, Patel has been building battery-operated three-wheelers and bikes.

Patel is from Surat and was born with impaired hearing. He said that after his retirement he wanted to something for the differently-abled community. He claims to have built several battery-powered vehicles like two and three-wheelers without any formal training in electrical engineering or any investment. Patel calls his creations ‘e-bikes’.

“People throw away waste but I am making bikes out of it. I want to make three-wheelers for the differently-abled community, using which, they can give their families a ride too,” he told ANI news. Since the e-bikes are battery-powered, they are eco-friendly and have no emissions, he added.

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A Couple Accidentally Planted One of the World’s Most Expensive Mangoes and Now Need Private Security

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It all started four years ago when a traveler offered the couple tree saplings.

Sometimes wealth is the product of effort and hard work, and other times it is mere luck. The latter seems to apply to Rani and Sankalp Parihar, who accidentally planted some of the most expensive mangoes in the world. Now they have Miyazaki mango trees whose cost per kilogram is around 270,000 rupees (about $3,630).

The story of these horticulturists, inhabitants of the city of Jabalpur, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, seems like something out of a movie. It all started four years ago, when the Parihars went to Chennai, in the south of the country, to buy some trees to plant. On the train, he met someone who offered him valuable plants.

“Around 4 years ago, we were going to Chennai looking for a rare variety of coconut having different colors. During a casual discussion about our purpose of Chennai visit, a fellow traveler offered us this rare variety of mangoes,” Sankalp Sankalp told the Times of India.

In 2020, when the trees grew and began to bear fruit, they noticed that they were very different from other more common types of mangoes. These had a rather unusual intense ruby color.

“As I did not know the name of this variety, I named the fruit after my mother Damini. Later, we researched about this variety and found the real name. But it is still Damini for me,” Parihar adds.

The mangoes turned out to be Miyazaki mangoes, originating from Japan. They are among the most expensive mangoes in the world.

Luck has a price

News of the rare Miyazaki mangoes spread throughout the town, attracting potential buyers and criminals alike. The couple says that last year thieves broke into her orchard and stole 14 mangoes. Fortunately, they managed to save the trees and will be able to continue producing valuable fruits.

After the incident, the farmers decided to hire three security guards and nine dogs to protect the rare trees and the seven mangoes they own. Also known as “sun eggs”, they are rarely grown in India and are considered a luxury gift in Japan.

Rani noted that they have also been contacted by various mango growers and fruit lovers. For example, a businessman offered to buy just one of his mangoes for 21,000 rupees, or $282.

“…a jeweler from Mumbai is ready to pay whatever price we quote. But I have clearly said that we will not sell it to anyone. We will use the fruits to grow more plants,” said Rani Parihar,” Rani Parihar says.

Currently, the couple owns a total of 150 Miyazaki mango trees, of which only four are bearing fruit.

Why is the Miyazaki mango so expensive?

The Miyazaki mango is the second most expensive in the world, only behind the Noor Jahan mango, which is grown in Afghanistan. This variety was cultivated for the first time in 1984, in a Japanese city of the same name. Currently, it is considered one of the most expensive fruits on the planet and is only found in countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

To develop to fruit, Miyazaki mango trees require a warm climate and long hours of sunshine. Mangoes of this type are distinguished by their ruby red color and their egg-like shape. They weigh between 350 and 900 grams, their peel is edible and they have 15% more sugar than other varieties, which makes them extremely sweet, according to India Today.

“It looks very different. People abroad give these mangoes as gifts,” says RS Katara, deputy director of the Madhya Pradesh horticulture department told Hindustan Times.

The official claimed that he inspected the orchard and confirmed that the fruit is rare in India. He also indicated that they will re-examine the fruit before promoting it to farmers.

“I asked some local scientists to go and inspect the tree and fruits to know whether it is a real one or a hybrid one and why it is so expensive,” said GS Kaushal, former director of the Madhya Pradesh horticulture department. “People should only grow it after scientists approve of the quality of this mango.”

A team of scientists from the Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University of Jabalpur is also planning to study the mangoes, according to their secretary Rewa Singh Sisodia.

 

 

Source: Entrepreneur.com

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Licious—A One-Stop Platform For Fresh Meat & SeaFood

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Love eating non-veg right? Whenever it is Tuesday or Saturday your hearts come out crying for nonveg. To see them once becomes a great desire for many. At times non-veg items may not be present at your homes. But that’s no more an issue in today’s world.

Looking for clean and fresh fish? Love chicken or red meat? Sometimes these things may not be available in the market. But Licious was always, is and will be there to provide the best products to its consumers. Read the Licious success story below!

Licious – Company Highlights

Start-up Name Licious
Headquarters Bangalore
Industry E-commerce and Food & Beverage
Founders Vivek Gupta and Abhay Hanjura
Founded September 2015
Total Funding $286.5 million (as per July 2021)
Revenue Over 133 million (as per July 2021)
Website licious.com

Licious – About
Licious – Startup Story
Licious – Founders And Team
Licious – Business Model
Licious – Revenue Model
Licious – Funding And Investors
Licious – Growth
Licious – Competitors
Licious – Future Plans
Licious – FAQ’s

Licious – About

Licious is a Bengaluru-based meat and seafood brand. The company serves the best, fresh and clean fish, chicken, meat, and eggs online. Licious works on a farm to fork model owning the entire back-end supply chain and the cold chain. A separate recipe section is also present in their App. It helps the customers to cook delicious dishes. And also teaches the exotic chef style.

It operates across Bangalore, HyderabadDelhi-NCR, Chandigarh, MumbaiPuneChennai, Coimbatore, Pondicherry, Jaipur, Kochi, Vizag, Kolkata, and Vijayawada.

Licious – Startup Story

Abhay Hanjura approached Vivek Gupta (then working with Helion ventures) to explore the space of fresh meat & seafood delivery in India. Although 73% of Indian eats meat and seafood, the industry is highly unorganized. An average Indian household consumes 2000-3000 different branded products, meat being the only exception (well, almost). More than 95% of the fresh meat & seafood industry in India is unorganized & usually conjures up an image of an unhygienic local market, filth, stench & an unpleasant buying experience. The duo wanted to change the way Indian experiences meat.

Hence, Licious was created with the thought that India deserves better meat.

Abhay & Vivek were having lunch while discussing the business idea. The chicken they were having was of really bad quality. Vivek remarked that, if we have to build Licious we will have to put life in this dead chicken! That was the moment they realized what they wanted to achieve through Licious- to deliver an unparalleled meaty experience to Indians, introduce global quality standards & benchmarks, set up a hitherto non-existing infrastructure & build processes that India was yet to see.

Licious chose a simple mission statement- we won’t sell what we won’t eat ourselves! It is this simple credo has been the driving force at the company and continues to be so, 5 years later.

 

Licious – Founders And Team

Vivek Gupta and Abhay Hanjura are the founders of Licious.

 

  • Vivek Gupta is the Co-founder of Licious. He started his career as a Corporate Finance Manager of Tavant Technologies. He was also the Finance Controller of Helion Ventures and the Non-Executive Director at MobiCom Commune Pvt. Ltd. He completed his BCom from Punjab University and went on to become a Chartered Accountant (CA).
  • Abhay Hanjura is also the Co-founder of Licious. He was the campus ambassador of Infosys. He started his career as a Deputy Manager at India Insure Risk Management Services. He was also the Head of Business Intelligence and Associate Director of Futurisk Insurance Broking Pvt Ltd.

 

 

Licious – Business Model

 

 

Licious has got a farm to fork business model. The company handles the entire supply chain. Starting from procurement, processing, storage to reach the consumer, in the end, is the responsibility of the company. With over 3500 employees the company claims to deliver the order within 90-120 mins. And processes more than a million orders a month. Transactions are very safe and secured here. The business model here is built to maintain the freshness and the quality of every product. They have both a web platform as well as a mobile app. Consumer loyalty is the main focus of the brand.

Licious – Revenue Model

Licious has got a customer base of more than 1 Million unique customers till date. The average basket size is of INR 700. In the first year, the company collected revenue of INR 1.47 crores. In FY 2019-20, the revenue collected was INR 180 Crores.

Licious – Funding And Investors

Licious has raised a total amount of USD 286.5 million in funding that includes the recent Series F round of funding in June.

Licious’ Funding and investors details are as follows –

Date Transaction Name Money Raised Lead Investors
June 11, 2021 Series F round $192 million Multiples Alternate Asset Management, Brunei Investment Agency, Vertex Ventures
December 16, 2019 Series E $30 million Vertex Growth Fund, 3one4 Capital, Bertelsmann India Investments, Nichirei Corp, Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India, Sistema Asia Fund
December 10, 2018 Series D $25 million Nichirin, 3one4 Capital, Bertelsmann India Investment, Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India, UCLA, Sistema Asia Fund
September 26, 2018 Series C $25 million Bertelsmann India Investments and Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia & India (part of the Vertex Holdings network of funds). The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), also invested in the company along with existing investors Mayfield India, 3one4 Capital, Sistema Asia Fund, InnoVen Capital
March 29, 2017 Series B $10 million 3one4 Capital and Mayfield Fund Sistema Asia Fund, Neoplux Technology fund
April 21, 2016 Series A $3.5 million Mayfield Fund, 3one4 Capital
September 24, 2015 Seed Round $1 million T.V. Mohandas Pai, Manipal Global Education Services, entrepreneur Kanwaljit Singh

Investors –
TV Mohandas Pai, Vertex Growth Fund, Nichirei Corp, 3one4 Capital, Bertelsmann India Investments, UCLA, Sistema Asia Fund, Mayfield Capital, Sistema Asia Fund, Korea-based Neoplux Technology fund and Innoven Capital are some of the investors in the company. This fresh Series F round of investment further adds Multiples Alternate Asset Management and Brunei Investment Agency.

Licious – Growth

The business saw a 500% growth in the past year, and continues to hold on to the momentum. While all product categories saw growth, the ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat categories contributed significantly to the revenue. Products like the kebab range & chicken spreads emerged as favourites, while new launches like tandoori products are seeing quick traction too.

Currently, Licious claims to have delivered two million orders to unique customers till date. The average basket size per consumer grew by 30% too.

The company has enjoyed a repeat purchase rate of 90% and continues to enjoy the same.

People usually say that most Indians are vegetarians. But this is not true. More than 73% of the population in India eats meat. This is the biggest fact behind Licious’ growth. Surveys say that the fresh meat and seafood market is very unorganized. This is why online platforms have emerged to help people all around. Licious promised its consumers hygiene and quality.

Licious – Competitors

Top competitors of Licious are FreshToHome, ZappFresh, and TenderCuts.

Licious – Future Plans

Licious has significantly increased its footprints over the 2020 & 2021.

Licious used to operate in 14 markets across India, namely Bangalore, Hyderabad, NCR, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Jaipur, Coimbatore, Kochi, Puducherry, Vizag, Vijayawada and Kolkata, which has now expanded to include 16 cities.

Over the next year Licious will continue to expand to 10+ Indian cities. A global expansion is also on cards in near future.

Have you tried Licious yet? If yes, then share your experience and feedback on Licious. Feel free to reach us and share your feedback. We would love to hear from you. Do comment us in the comments section below. Happy Reading.

Licious – FAQ’s

What is Licious?

Licious is a meat and seafood company. It serves the best quality meat online.

Who is the founder of Licious?

Vivek Gupta and Abhay Hanjura are the founders of the company Licious.

How much is Licious’ Revenue?

In the first year, the company collected revenue of INR 1.47 crores. In FY 2019-20, the revenue collected was INR 180 Crores.

Is Licious an Indian company?

Yes. Licious is headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

How many customers does Licious have?

Licious has got a customer base of more than 1 Million unique customers till date. The average basket size is of INR 700.

Who are the competitors of Licious?

Top competitors of Licious are FreshToHome, ZappFresh, and TenderCuts.

What is the business model of Licious?

Licious has got a farm to fork business model. The company handles the entire supply chain. Starting from procurement, processing, storage to reach the consumer, in the end, is the responsibility of the company.

 

 

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The story of this woman’s indomitable spirit is truly inspirational

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Inspiration can come to us from anywhere. However, few things motivate us like real-life stories in which people overcome difficulties to emerge as winners. That’s probably why this story of a woman, who took up a job when her husband fell ill, has struck a chord with netizens.

According to a post shared on Humans of Bombay on April 30, the woman, not named, took up a job at a jewellery store to make ends meet. It was there that her potential as a saleswoman was discovered. She decided to nurture her newfound skill and eventually started her own business. This is her story:


“My husband suffered a stroke and the doctor asked us to move to a village for his health — so we left our family here and moved to Ajmer. My husband could no longer earn, so I started working at a jewelry store to make ends meet. At first I was just packing orders, but slowly I realised that I was a good saleswoman as well. My boss saw it too and he promoted me! I saved all the money I made through commission and now I’ve started my own saree business — I’m actually here to source material! You know earlier I couldn’t even imagine ever working, forget running my own business…but now I’m earning for the entire family! After a hard day’s work when I come back home and see the pride in the eyes of my family, it makes it all worth it.”

The woman’s inspiring story has left many moved. Several people have showered comments on the post.

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