In India, every year a lot of engineering graduates enter into the corporate world. Knowingly or unknowingly, many of them get themselves into lucrative jobs, some take a leap of faith in competitive exams, some go for further education, and remaining get into venturing on their own. Over the past 2 years, the number of engineers venturing and trying their luck in the startup world has aggressively improved. Yet very few among them make to the other side of the entrepreneurship journey.
After being graduated from the prestigious College of Engineering Pune (COEP), Amol Gulhane could have easily taken a high-paying job and settled down with the luxurious standard of living. But what he did instead, along with Pratik Deshmukh is fascinating as well as respectable. A robotics enthusiast by nature, Amol saw the growing hunger for change in the traditional educational system which had very little focus on the ever-growing industry. And out of their rigorous efforts aimed to transform the educational facilities in the country, Robolab Technologies came into existence in association with BHAU Institute of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership (BIEL), the Incubation center of the College of Engineering Pune (COEP) with a sole purpose of taking technology to masses.
Center of Excellence in Robotics and Industrial Automation
Robolab is your very own, on campus, the center of Excellence in Robotics and Industrial Automation, tailor made just for you. Equipped with all the advanced technologies used in industries, it offers training courses consistent with the latest curricula and the industry requirements. Thus, functioning as the perfect platform for its users (students as well as teachers) to explore, learn, build and share their ideas.
They believe in providing innovative and interactive training by industry experts. This empowers the trainees to manage the Robolab in future. The Robolab’s planned ROI model ensures the educational as well as financial returns.
Some of the primary product features include advanced state-of-the-art technical research facility within a campus, hands on practical experience along with required theory, consolidation of concepts, Industry-Institute Interaction, standard guidelines and essentials, training by industry experts, superior quality and advanced robot study platforms, and affordable excellence with quick Return on Investment.
Recognized with the StartUp of the Year Award Under Future Education category at World StartUp Expo 2016, Bengaluru and as Winner of the HOT100 Startups by CORE and also making it to the Top50 Ed-Startups in India that will redefine the education system by SCOONEWS, Robolab surely is in the rapid growth stage.
A Roboticist Shaping the Company
A roboticist, Amol has deep experience of designing and manufacturing complex and task specific industrial robots. He has a profound knowledge of educational and defense robots and is specialized in digital image processing, embedded programming, design analysis and optimization. With his entrepreneurial, management and technical skills, Amol plays an important role in shaping Robolab.
The Initial Struggle that Paved Way
Robolab was officially incorporated on 13th September 2013, but they had already started working on the business model and plan in May 2013. For almost 5 months, Robolab team met several institutions in and around the region, but they got rejected for not having prior experience in the professional career. But they did not lose hope, instead, they left their comfort zone and started approaching early majority institutions all over India with the solutions. The pool was large, but it needed them to target somewhere and thus, they chose Andhra Pradesh and began approaching Professors and HoD’s of top colleges. And within 2 months of starting this exercise, they succeeded in breaking the ice. They got their first order from the Guru Nanak Institutions Hyderabad. What they needed was necessary momentum and that’s what the first order gave them. Since then, they have never looked back not for a second, and within a short period of 3 years, Robolab has reached 14 key institutions spread across 7 states in India.
A Project, Worth Remembering
Over the last 3 years, they have successfully completed numerous projects for various clients. Out of which, their experience with Delhi Public School, Bokaro Steel City, Jharkhand is worth mentioning. The management of Delhi Public School was looking for a technology partner for establishing a robotics lab at their campus. They tried their contacts and got quotations from them. Many of the established companies in the domain had also submitted their proposals.
Just to have more options to choose from, the management was digging for more companies who offer similar solutions. That’s when they got to know about Robolab through a simple Google search. They contacted the Robolab team on the same day and arranged a meeting with the Director, Hemlata S. Mohan and the management team. During the first meeting itself, they liked the customized part of the Robolab along with the student centric approach of the training. And against all odds and big established firms, Robolab got the order and successfully established Robolab and delivered trainings at their campus. The management as well as trainees were well satisfied and recommended Robolab to their counterparts.
Be Shapeless and Formless, like Water
The team behind Robolab including their mentors and family members have stood by Robolab during the tough times. The most important part of the company is the customers and your team. Both work hand in hand. You have to maintain a perfect balance between your customers as well as your team, and Robolab does it with pride.
“Being in a startup requires you to be Jack of All. You must be adaptable according to the need of the organization. You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend,” advises Amol to the young entrepreneurs.
Upcoming period will see Robolab diversifying to different market segments, bringing out the innovations and products from the institutions to the market, and at least a 10 fold rise in the number of institutions Robolab is associated with. Increasing presence of automation around the globe is calling Robolab for the good times ahead.