Month: February 2020

The Motopreneur – Mayur Patil

The Motopreneur – Mayur Patil started his venture on a passing thought. Today it has been recognised by various organisations and won him many an accolade. This is his story.

Tell us about yourself – education, automotive related skills, car/motorcycling experience.
I am Mayur Patil, active Director and Founder of Small Spark Concepts®. A mechanical engineer by degree who further studied chemical and textile engineering to give life to my passion project. I have also worked with different companies to learn the business insights.

The Motopreneur - Mayur Patil

Automotive Acquaintance – how did you become an automotive enthusiast? 

I came to Pune in 2008 to pursue mechanical engineering in VIIT (Vishwakarma Institute of Information Technology). Like others I too wanted to pursue my dream to become a product designer someday. Motorcycles, automotive design and styling fascinated me from childhood. This planted the seed of sketching and designing. To further my skills and improve knowledge of automobile engineering, I started as a trainee technician at a Pune based superbikes garage Motobyte (formerly known as Xtreme Machines), while still in second year of engineering.

Life before turning a Motopreneur (work/ employment)

I switched to work as a senior mechanical designer in a Robotic startup SI Electronics. they raised INR 5 Crore through an undisclosed group of investors in 2010. However, it did not fulfill my dream of working in the automotive sector. After graduation and liquidating from SI Electronics, I joined a Go-Kart manufacturing company as a floor supervisor. This, in order to learn and experience the geometry of track vehicles. Within few months of my employment, I was appointed to work on production of performance engines for Go-Karts. Then I joined Harley Davidson dealership as a chrome consultant to customize every Harley that rolled out of the showroom.

The All Spark inspiration – origin story to your venture

However, my childhood dream of owning a company and the passion project was still a dream. A year and half later I was now seeking opportunities to launch my company and commercialize the product. The opportunity presented itself to me. I participated in a Pan India startup competition “The Power of Ideas at ciie, IIM-Ahmedabad”.

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The idea of an Intake Air Filter to increase the vehicular fuel efficiency and diminish pollution with my proprietary invention was shortlisted. Among 19,000 applications I made it to TOP 75 in 2015. Post 15 days residential program at IIM Ahmedabad I was mentored from many IIM professors and diverse industry experts. The program focused on how to start a startup and scale it to a technology and innovation driven company. The idea had won its first award of INR 5 Lakh which established Small Spark Concepts®. The dream of owning a company on paper had come true. Perhaps the question to be answered was about a sustainable business model for the upcoming years.

Spanner in the works – challenges faced and (how you overcame them)

The biggest challenge for auto-tech startup is to get heard by the automotive companies and the government. Auto-tech startups are young and not well recognized in the industry. A lot of startups fail in first couple of years despite having the state of the art technology. Ideally we wanted to have a strong B2B presence to cater to end users. This failed due to the paradigm of the industry. Thus we realized the technology lease and licensing model is going to take longer than expected. This led us to change the business model to focus on B2C aftermarket retail. Here we can now address the pain points of the motorcyclists on some scale.

Beast Mode – A memorable feat/ achievement /anecdote of your venture

The idea won various awards after POI’15. 2018 will always be a memorable year for the venture. “Royal Academy of Engineering London” invited Small Spark Concepts to participate and showcase the technology under the “Leaders in innovation Fellowship Program. The third quarter of the year Schörl Filters bagged a “Better Bus Challenge” award from WRI & FedEx. This assisted Small Spark Concepts to commercialize the product for Heavy Commercial Vehicles.

Small Spark Concepts has won more than 12 awards in 3 years and also got covered in the local newspapers (Daily Hindustan Times – Startup Saturday & Daily Lokmat) and a Radio Interview (Radio One – “HatkarPunekar”).

My way to the highway Future plans (what your audience can look forward to)

  • We have commercialized the product for Royal Enfield 350 & 500 models.
  • In heavy commercial vehicles segment for Ashok Leyland and Eicher.
  • We will be launching products for RE 650 twins by February ’20
  • This will expand to tourist cars and taxi segment post March’20.

Products for performance motorcycles in the segment 400cc and above is by procuring the scrap filters from the dealerships/garages. The idea is to recycle and reuse the plastic frames which riders have already paid for. Once the custom SCHÖRL filters are made, they will last for 100,000 kms. This means 10 plastic filters will be less per bike in the landfills. SCHÖRL is an eco-friendly product which reduces the air pollution.  With this approach we will be able to contribute on small level towards go-green.

The Motopreneur – Mayur Patil’s advice to Budding Motopreneurs

There are many opportunities to scale up. If one path takes longer to reach the destination, you can always look out for a different approach. There is no destination in business. There are only milestones and the way. Sometimes you go uphill, sometimes you cruise or even crash. However you never stop riding your favorite motorcycle, do you? That’s just the way the business is… Have fun at work, enjoy the journey!

Connect with The Motopreneur – Mayur Patil at:

Address: Small Spark Concepts
Motobyte,Sr. no. 38, Kingstone Court,
Opposite Ganga Florentina, NIBM Annex, 411028

Website – http://www.smallsparkconcepts.com/

Phone – +91 90117 77275

Social Media links

Facebook – https://business.facebook.com/smallsparkconcepts

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/schorl_bysmallspark/

Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/company/small-spark-concepts

Schörl Automotive Air Filters is a brainchild of Small Spark Concepts
DT400 Schorl Air Filter review

DT400 Schorl Air Filter Review

DT400 Schorl Air Filter review – Prelogue

Two years from the day this article went into print, two individuals over a cup of tea toyed with the idea of manufacturing air filters for “pocket rockets and sports cruisers”. At the given time the brand had laid focus on Royal Enfield motorcycles and was happy with the current clientele. Drawing from the strengths and positive feedback sometime in the future the team got to work. A few phone calls and a prototype run later the DT400 Schorl Air Filter review set took form.


Built literally at the desk of its inventor, the DT400 Schorl Air Filter by Small Spark Concepts boasts of simple yet ingenious tech that offers the same return on tap that leading international brands do. Well sans the hefty commanding price! After the installation at Motobyte (their dealer partner’s premises) in Pune the subject was all ready to head towards the proving grounds. A 16,000 kms old January 2017 Bajaj Dominar 400.

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DT400 Schorl Air Filter review – First Ride


At the first blip the crisp yet deep bass grunt made its presence felt. Taking the motorcycle on a short tour to the konkan coast offered a slight bump in the mileage. Add to it better acceleration and the naturally endowed baritone exhaust note. Taking it a step further the motorcycle hit 160 kmph faster while crossing the stock 155 kmph. This without a drop in current mileage with stood within the 26-29 kmpl bracket.

DT400 Schorl Air Filter review – Interstate Ride

Following up on its last tour the ride to India Bike Week 2019 offered better mileage. This in spite of being kept in a dusty area all day. ON its return journey the Bajaj Dominar 400 clocked in at 31.4kmpl on a full tank to full tank calibration over a distance of 220 kms.

DT400 Schorl Air Filter review – “Dyno Wars”

We put the motorcycle on a Dyno Run at the India Bike Week 2019. At the Race Dynamics podium the Bajaj Dominar churned out 28.1 whp, 1 unit more than stock. This was purely attributed to the performance of the air filter. Considering a remaining 30% shelf life of the stock drive chain sans the stock muffler and other unforeseen factors under basic conditions. This indeed was a positive result for the team involved in the trials of the product..DT400 Schorl Air Filter review

To begin with we would like to thank our collaborators at team Dipen Nisar Autovlogs for being part of the pilot testing.

 

 DT400 Schorl Air Filter review by DNA Vlogs click here: 

https://youtu.be/P8I9PKB08W4



Also we would like to thank team Motobyte.in , Pune for assistance with the initial installation process. This in addition to a post installation periodic servicing of the Bajaj Dominar done at Motobyte.


The features of the DT400 Schorl Air Filter are:

  • Enhanced Mileage
  • Improved Acceleration
  • Curbing Emissions
  • Easy maintenance with simple wash and dry method
  • Product Life-cycle :100,000 Kms
  • Most importantly, the product is pocket friendly and made in India.
In case you are wondering about maintenance of DT400 Schorl Air Filter here is a short video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOeeiX6GibQ


Yes! All it takes is quick run by a pressure wash. Alternatively, wash it at home by soaking it in warm water at 30 degrees centigrade.

 

About Schörl:

Being a motorcycle enthusiast, the poor mileage of his powerful motorcycle haunted the founder back in 2008. What could be the reason?

Three and half years of experiments on the basic working essentials of the engine,
1) Spark

2) Fuel

3) Air

This revealed an important missing link – The Air, unlike spark and fuel cannot be seen nor be controlled effectively. Thus hardly any research was done on maximizing air for intakes. If there can be performance filters why not mileage filters? The concept was essentially to change the beliefs about performance air filters. The air filter was not only to achieve better filtration. But also to get better performance, more mileage and reduce carbon emissions. It took a little over 4 years of painstaking experiments and research to develop the technology based on microfiber filter element. The Air Filter can match the ISO standards and regulations for use on engines and do the job what it is developed for.

“We believe that the beauty is in the details: those small things which are unrecognised, unnoticeably ignored are the once which fit in the design and do the job which it is meant to do, without which the purpose is undone.”

Mayur Patil – (Founder, Director)

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