India’s Future Tycoons

The winning team (Team Bloom from Arya Vidya Mandir Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai) receives their cash prize from Prof. Bhalchandra Mungekar (Former VC, Mumbai University)

ENpower (a flagship brand of Enlearning Skill Development Pvt Ltd), has developed India’s first entrepreneurial learning and development programme dedicated to ‘nurturing entrepreneurial minds’ among early teens.

ENpower follows a structured process that helps children learn, inspire and empower in the career area of their passion. It encourages every child to think out of the box, experience the entire entrepreneurship life-cycle and understand entrepreneurial life-skills and processes.

Neha Aggarwal (Former Olympian and current Head of Partnerships & Communication at OGQ) motivating the audience with her inspirational journey

The grand finale of India’s Future Tycoons, the first-ever entrepreneurship platform designed by ENpower to attract young minds to present their ideas, was held on 10 February 2019 at CoWrks, Worli, Mumbai. The event attracted over 1200 teams from 252 schools across 52 cities. It witnessed the top 12 teams competing for a cash prize of Rs 1,20,000.

It was inspiring to witness young school-going children aged 13-17 present their innovative ideas inspired by U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Advit Ranawade, 13-year-old student from Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai; Anisha Jani, 14-year-old student and Rahil Chadha, 15-year-old student from Arya Vidya Mandir School, Bandra (W), Mumbai, were adjudged the winning team. Their venture Bloom is based on the idea of an external tap attachment consisting of an array of sensors, Digital IOT tech and Micro nozzles, which converts water to mist. The aim is to conserve water and reduce its consumption by 90%. Advit had come up with an idea to make a FitBit for water taps that converts water to mist, thereby reducing the water flow and saving the amount of water utilized.

The venture of the Second Runners-up team from AVM Bandra, Owlett, provides students with news from around the world that is fun and easy to read. Since children are unable to form opinions about current events due to the jargon used by newspapers, the idea was to make a simplified version of newspapers for children.

The First Runners-up team from Hyderabad presented True Wipes that converts wasteful corn crops into chemical-free, handmade wet wipes with high water-holding capacity.

The Most Innovative Idea was won by a team from Kota which took part in the event via video conference. Their idea has multiple products which advocate water conservation and re-use of grey water in the flushing system of toilets.

The Best Brand Idea was bagged by a team from National Public School, Chennai, with Enfocation, a platform that provides experiential learning through local skilled workers who also benefit in the form of additional income sources. The Best Elevator Pitch was won by another team from National Public School, Chennai, whose venture FreEd, allows public school students to partner with private school students for their education. The Best Business Model was won by Poshan, yet another team from the same school, for their app that provides healthy meals for pre-teens from home chefs.