If we say a 13-year-old student sets up a company and aspires of turnover of crores, you will be surprised.
Can a school going boy be the founder of a business startup? Can he be the owner of a company which holds control over 400 employees?
How can a class VIII student carry away with his studies and the company altogether?
We know that these questions would be coming to your mind.
Certainly, this is unrealistic and impossible. But a 13-year-old student has made it possible and has become one of the youngest entrepreneurs of India.
Tilak Mehta from Mumbai is such a prodigy who has founded a technology-driven courier company namely Papers N Parcels (PNP).
He not only convinced a banker to quit his job and accept the CEO post of PNP but also succeeded to include employees of Dabbawalas in his company.
This is how the company functions
The technology-based company functions through an app with the same name. Customers have to first register on the app, and after login, they can book the order.
The company delivers the items on the same day. It charges only from Rs 80 to 140 according to the weight of the item.
It accepts the item up to 3 kilograms. So the fast delivery and cheaper cost have made the company a big success.
What made Tilak Mehta inspire to set up PNP
So, how did Tilak Mehta get inspiration for setting up the company? In fact, one of his exam-books remained in his uncle’s home that was in another part of Mumbai.
He needed it urgently. When his father returned home tired, he couldn’t get the courage to ask him about the book.
Hence, he couldn’t manage to get the book back and when he enquired about the courier service, he came to know that he would have to pay nearly Rs 250/- which was itself the price of the book.
Then it struck to his mind that there must be a courier service in the city which could be in the budget of common people.
One day he saw a person of Dabbawala, the famous food delivery network of Mumbai. Tilak Mehta got another idea that with the collaboration of Dabbawalas, the courier service could be managed properly.
Tilak Mehta talked about the idea with his father who got convinced. Thereafter, he discussed with his uncle who was a banker.
His father helped him develop the app. His uncle quit the bank job and became the CEO of the company.
Now it was time to convince the people of Dabbawalas. But it was not an easy task. When Tilak Mehta reached any of Dabbawala person, they did not take him seriously, as he was a child.
Finally, after making several attempts and talking with the President of the Dabbawala organisation, many employees of Dabbawalas agreed to work with the company.
And after the hard work and research of 8 months, Tilak Mehta started his business in 2018.
Papers N Parcels delivers 1200 items everyday and till date, it has delivered more than one lakh items. Presently, pathology labs, boutique shops and brokerages are availing the services of the company.
Today, Papers N Parcels employs 300 persons of Dabbawala and 100 of its own.
Tilak Mehta has the dream of making the company with a turnover of Rs 100 crore by 2020 and expanding the services all over India.
For his prodigious entrepreneurship, he has been awarded India Maritime Awards in July 2018.
This dynamic child has infinite possibilities inside him. There may be many more Tilaks in our country. It is the responsibility of our society to explore such ingenious children.
Tilak Mehta is an inspiration for students. We wish this young entrepreneur a brilliant future.
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