Ranked as the number 1 young entrepreneur in India by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship for his invention, Amit Agarwal the creator of UpCart.
He belonged to a small village named Hope Tea Garden in Jalpaiguri, where one he was told not to dream and he used to travel 108 km’s to reach his school changing three modes of transportation.
“Life there was challenging as well as miserable. My mom and dad struggled to make a living and their dreams for me kept me motivated,” says Amit.
He was constantly told that only studying in metro cities would get the opportunities for good jobs. “I wanted to prove them wrong. So, I worked on myself, scored 91 percent and rather than following the crowd, joined Inspiria Knowledge Campus for BBA.”
The UpCart is a new innovation by Amit, is a stair climbing folding hand cart that is up for anything. These folding hand carts and hand trucks will simplify on how to get the necessities to the destination. This idea was clicked to Amit when his mother returned from a trip and could not carry her suitcase through the stairs.
Amit was constantly criticised and was asked not to do the things he did. “I kept being told not to do this. My strategy was to keep quiet and not talk back to people who criticised me—I let my work speak for me.”
His ideas and his imagination got shaping up he also had to go against his family to shape up the innovation and to become an entrepreneur at such a young age.
“Having the will-power and dedication to get UpCart recognised pushed me to overcome all apprehensions.”
In 2016, Amit went on to win the NASSCOM E-Summit and started the research and development to build the product keeping the cost in mind. Through his college, he participated in various global entrepreneurship programs.
There were phases over the three weeks involving a presentation and an interview where Amit was ranked 112 amongst the 21,08,000 participants all over India.
“The presentation was a challenge—I always feared public speaking. It took me two months of continuous grooming to overcome it,” Amit recalls.
The following week, Amit received an official letter from the Government of India that declared him amongst the ‘Top 10 Young Entrepreneurs of India’ and is to be felicitated by PM on the 28th of September.
“I got a sudden call from the Ministry informing me that within 10 minutes there would be an online group interview, for the final ranking. Nervously, I logged in and gave my best. Next morning at 9:33, I got a call congratulating me as I ranked first,” says Amit.
To come from a lower-middle-class background and facing so many hardships in life, Amit is the example of ‘dreams come true’. We all need to have the courage and determination like Amit to make our dreams come true.