Aayush Madhusudan Agrawal is a scion of the illustrious Agrawal family that owns Ajanta Pharma Limited, a multinational specialty pharmaceutical formulation business. He graduated from the prestigious Bentley University in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Management, and then went on to pursue a Master of Science in Strategic Marketing at Imperial College London. Between his graduation and Masters, he spent some time learning the ropes of the family business. Aayush returned back to India armed with a strong sense of passion and zeal for entrepreneurship.
With seven relatives working in his family's pharma business, Aayush opted to branch out in a totally unrelated field: Pan-Asian food, a cuisine Indians love. Spotting the gap between street food and fine dining restaurants, decided to start his own F&B company, Lenexis FoodWorks, with dedication towards serving hygienic food at an affordable price. In just over 5 years, the company has grown to 61 outlets and plan to open 300 outlets Pan-India over the next few years.
Aayush Agrawal was featured on the Forbes Asia ’30 Under 30’ 2019 list in the food and hospitality category and also in Forbes India's sixth annual 'Forbes India 30 Under 30' list for extraordinary and disruptive achievements in business.
He has diversified in the realty vertical – Inspira Realty to develop an integrated industrial park in Aurangabad Maharashtra with state of art infrastructure of international standards to fulfill the dream of “Make-In-India”. He has now ventured into residential/commercial tower development in Mumbai Region.
Aayush follows the footsteps of his family, well known for their philanthropic activities through their charitable foundations, and strives to make onerous efforts towards the wellbeing of the underprivileged in rural areas with focus on Education, Community Development and Healthcare.
Social entrepreneur Arushi Agrawal founded Sevā India, which produces scented candles to fund social welfare initiatives.
Arushi had a very sheltered life. She was born in Hong Kong, did her schooling there and in Singapore, and went on to pursue undergraduate studies at Babson University in the US.
Hailing from a well-to-do business family with her father running a group of boutique hotels and her mother running a chain of restaurants in Singapore, Arushi wanted to leverage the resources and network available to her to launch a social venture to address the disparity that exists in India.
Based in Mumbai, Sevā Home Collection makes luxury candles from soy wax that are sold via its website and Instagram account for Rs 1,400-8,000. Although profit maximisation is not the main goal, she wants to make a statement that the most beautiful candles and fragrances can be Made in India too.
Instead of setting up factories with automated machines, she has opted for a humane approach to hiring women through word-of-mouth and the candle-making trainer who personally knows women in need of jobs.
Launching SEVĀ INDIA 2021 Diwali, every tenth candle sold helped to sponsor a cataract surgery for an elderly person in the tribal communities of Maharashtra through Samta Foundation. Thus, she plans to support different causes during festivities.
Mamta Madhusudan Agrawal is a homemaker. She actively supports her husband in all his endeavours especially the family’s philanthropic activities besides her own social causes.
She is involved in women empowerment programmes through various NGOs headed by her like Bhagini Sanskar Parishad, Archana, etc.
Purushottam Agrawal, Founder and Principal Trustee of Samta Foundation, is on a mission to make rural and tribal communities healthy, literate and self-reliant. His entrepreneurial brilliance and unrelenting spirit to make a meaningful contribution is the seed of Samta Foundation. His vision is carried forward in our activities, associations and achievements in community development; and has won him several recognitions including an award by the Honourable Vice President of India.
As a businessman, he started with a borrowed seed capital of merely Rs. 10,000 in 1973, and went on to become the Founder of Ajanta Pharma: a pharma major with a market capitalisation of over two billion dollars and employee strength of 6500+. He is also the Chairman of the Samta Group of Companies, which includes Gencrest, the biotech arm, Samta Mines & Minerals Limited, a mining specialist company, Infinichains, IT Company based on block-chain technology and Louroux Bio-energies, an energy sustainability company. He is also the Honorary Consul General of Zimbabwe for Mumbai. Today, his bold ideologies have not only benefited millions in India but across 30+ countries including US, Europe, Asia and the entire African continent.