The 21 Year Old Entrepreneur!

In a small tea estate village named Hope Tea Garden in Jalpaiguri, a little boy was told not to bother dreaming if he planned on continuing to live in that hamlet. Little did they know that he was the boy who once travelled 108 km for school using three modes of transport, who believed in his roots and his own path, and knew that his skill will usher in his destiny, not his surroundings.

Today, he has been ranked as the number one young entrepreneur in India by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship for his invention, and will be felicitated by PM Modi exactly three months from now. Meet Amit Agarwal, the creator of UpCart.

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In spite of a middle-class upbringing, Amit did not see a secure job as the endgame. He studied in a school which was 108 km away, in a place called Binnaguri, till his second grade. He would wake up at 5 am, travel with his dad on his scooter up to the boarding point of a crammed jeep to reach the bus stop. From there, Amit took a bus for school every day.

They eventually moved to Siliguri and he joined the Delhi Public School there. As a child, he was a wallflower but that changed drastically when he kept hearing how one must study in a metro city in order to have a good career.

As his course progressed, his entrepreneurial temper suddenly emerged on one regular weekday. His mother, who had just got back from a trip, informed Amit that she couldn’t carry her luggage upstairs, and needed his help.

“It was tough for me too, so I immediately asked the rickshaw-waala to deliver it to our floor, and paid a hefty fee for a small task. It struck me then that if suitcases can have wheels, why can’t something be invented that rolls on the ground as well as on a staircase,” he recalls.

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