Young Promising CEO

We often complain that India has a dearth of product companies, but young student start-ups are trying to defy the stereotypes. We bring to you the young CEO who is just a little over 22yrs of age and has brought his start-up company with other three student entrepreneurs in Trivandrum, INNOZ TECHNOLOGIES to international limelight for his product focus and visionary insights. Deepak Ravindran is a Telecommunication Visionary & Entrepreneur and leads one of the exciting mobile start-ups In India.

Read on to know more about Deepak and his Vision.

Deepak Ravindran, CEO, Innoz Technologies.

A Technopark campus incubatee company, Innoz Technologies is led by one of the four founders, Deepak Ravindran, who also serves as the CEO. He has always been a go getter and had started Swadesh Solutions, while still in school, before founding Innoz.

He did their college and mentors proud by representing India in the finals of DFJ-CISCO Global Business Plan Competition 2009. He was also the youngest to receive one on one mentoring from Indian Angel Network via Economic times Power of Ideas Initiatives.

Later, Deepak joined the iAccelerator’09 program at Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship, IIM Ahmedabad, to be coached to become a world class technology company.

Deepak Ravindran also bagged Star Entrepreneurship Award’09 at the third Indira Innovation Summit for innovation in modern times.

Deepak received a special recognition at the prestigious mBillionth South Asia Award 2010 from the mBillionth Grand Jury, Digital Empowerment Foundation, India in June, 2010 for SMS GYAN in the Mobile Learning category.

He stayed back in Delhi and set up an office in Gurgaon and has been pursuing alliances with major Telecom players for Value added services. His first success has been with Airtel, who have inducted SMSGYAN as a value added service from January 2011. This product, an SMS service is now active across 145 million mobile users in India.

His work has appeared in Economic Times, Times of India,Bloomberg, UTV and more than hundred other magazines, newspapers and blogs.

Deepak has also been admitted to the Class of 2011 for TiE Startup Leadership Program 2011; and is following in the footsteps of 74 entrepreneurs and leaders who have graduated over the last four years. He has joined the Fellows who are starting the program simultaneously from Boston, Silicon Valley, New York City, Delhi, Bangalore and Beijing.

Innoz was shortlisted as RED HERRING ASIA finalist and it was a challenge, for Deepak to raise enough support to participate and win the RED HERRING GLOABLS, which he did with active support from TIE Kerala and Mr.Kris Gopalakrishnan, of Infosys (through sponsorships to attend the finals). On 28th January at Santa Monica in USA, Innoz was declared the RED HERRING GLOBAL WINNER amongst 100 others around the world, to bring India another laurel.

The Company – INNOZ Technologies
Innovations beyond Illusions

There are very few business ideas that grow from a hostel room into a venture poised to expand internationally. Innoz is one such business idea that has made waves in the mobile industry. The young founding team comprising Deepak Ravindran, Abhinav Sree, Ashwin Nath and Mohammed Hisamuddin met each other at their engineering college in Kerala. The 20 member strong team compliment each other in both skills and attitude and are now poised to take on the world.

Innoz was incepted as Swades Solutions, an offshore Web design firm in 2005 while Deepak was still at high-school. In college he furthered the dream through other founders by bringing INNOZ Technologies into existence.

“Dream big and do whatever it takes to realize your dreams” is what motivates Innoz.

Gone are the days when you only reach for the sky, Innoz dares to dream big and are anything but satisfied with just reaching the sky, but dare to go beyond.

For more details visit www.innoz.in

The Product – SMS GYAN

Everybody—irrespective of age, location or vocation—has questions to ask. These could be simple or complex. And not everyone with a doubt has access to the Internet to get the answers. Imagine being able to get all the information you ever needed by just sending an SMS? Well, SmsGYAN does just that!

SMSGYAN maintains a database connected to all the free online resources available on the Internet, such as Wikipedia, Google, etc. & has exclusively partnered with rich content players such as for movie/book reviews, weather, stock market & live score updates.

SMSGYAN brings the power of web onto your SMS inbox. This saves you precious time by giving an answer straightaway instead of displaying links. Rural India is still dominated by basic phones with no GPRS/internet connectivity and this is where SmsGyan really comes into play.

“GYAN” means knowledge in Hindi & the service is known as SMSGYAN because the name so aptly demonstrates what the product is doing – Spreading Knowledge through SMS, small chunks of meaningful knowledge bytes. Your Instant cup of knowledge!

The concept is extremely simple, yet the fact that a majority of phones in India are not smartphones which means that SMSGYAN – a product which can work on ANY PHONE- has an edge over others. SMSGYAN has signed up with Bharti Airtel this month and the SMS service is now active across 145 million mobile users in India.

In the long run, INNOZ plan to launch a web/wap version for GPRS users and integrate local language formats and provide rich GYAN over text and pictures.

Indian mobile market is growing extensively and is expected to grow strongly in future. However, the future will see enhanced contributions from the rural mobile market. Going forward, Gyan MVNO, a virtual operator for rural subscribers and thereby empowering masses through mobile education and learning solutions is the next step.

The Unreasonables

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on unreasonable man. – G B Shaw ”

Deepak and his team Innoz are trying another feat to be the first Indian company to reach the UNREASONABALE INSTITUTE and train with 25 other in USA in 2011.

The Unreasonable Marketplace selects out of the 300 entrepreneurs from 60 countries who applied to the 2011 Institute, 50 Finalists who are showcased on the Unreasonable Marketplace. Each entrepreneur has to raise $8000 from the marketplace over a period of 3 months. The first 25 Finalists to do so earliest are deemed Unreasonable Fellows and will attend the 2011 Institute.

The Unreasonable Fellows are invited to attend the 6-week summer program between June 16 and July 27, 2011. The institute provides an opportunity of working with 60-world class mentors, forming relationships with 30 impact investment funds, learning from consulting organizations like IDEO, pitching to hundreds of investors and getting 6-weeks of food and lodging without having to pay a dime.

Help Innoz become the most UNREASONABLE, faster than others, through your $1-$50 contributory vote to make a change in rural India by clicking the link
http://marketplace.unreasonableinstitute.org/ventures/view/36/GYAN-Mobile-Education-Learning-for-the-masses

Your small contribution would bring India the necessary pride that it deserves in the world of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Help support him to win the coveted place in the Unreasonable Institute.

Author: Dolly Bhasin, MD, SPH Consultancy & eServices Pvt. Ltd.
(Mentor and Guide to Deepak and Innoz Technologies Pvt. Ltd.)

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