The Motopreneur

The Motopreneur – Sourabh Sathe

 

The Motopreneur – Sourabh Sathe started his entrepreneurship journey as soon as he returned from his Ladakh ride. He’s the fifth generation member of one of Pune’s oldest business establishments. Nevertheless he started a new business vertical from ground zero in a space already dominated by established brands. Today Invictus Touring Gears is one of the country’s bankable brands.

 

Tell us about yourself – education, automotive related skills, car/motorcycling experience.

I am a graduate of political science from FC college Pune. As on date, I have completed the Leh Ladakh circuit three times including Zanskar, Spiti, Tso Moriri lake. I am the only rider to have completed the LDR 500 miles in twelve hours on a Suzuki Gixxer. Also, one of the few to have completed Ladakh on a 125cc Honda Shine.

Automotive Acquaintance – how did you become an automotive enthusiast. 

My Photography group introduced me to motorcycling in 2014. My first Ladakh was on on Honda Shine 125cc motorcycle.

Life before turning a Motopreneur (work/ employment)

Before this, I was a part time event Photographer for three yrs during my college days. Also, I volunteered as a counsellor for 3 de-addiction centers in Pune. I began my career at the age of 17. I joined the family business which is there since 1935 4 yrs back as a full-time employee. The new business vertical started out as MANAS in 2018, In 2019 we rebranded as Invictus Touring Gears.

The All Spark inspiration – origin story to your venture.

I have always been a non Royal Enfield or a non well equipped motorcyclist since the beginning. I was astonished to see sports and “commuter” motorcycles have when it comes to luggage solutions for interstate rides and intracity excursions. Thus, began a journey to make a one size fits all utilitarian focused luggage solution.

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

No one can escape the vortex of teething problems. They are always there and without overcoming challenges the is never room for improvement and improvisation.

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

It is but tradition for manufacturers to participate in exhibitions and events. Be it household or automotive these events not only attract the masses it also helps connect them as well. Invictus Touring Gears left Pune adequately stocked for Royal Enfield Rider Mania 2019. At the end of the second day we consumed 50 Ride Marshall Saddle Bags. That is a 100% stock of our Flagship product for this three day rider’s festival. This indeed is a major milestone given that other major players were there too. All in all we returned with just 4 containers of the total fourteen

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

Being predominantly an avid traveller and an innovator, there always something new my dealership network and well wishers expect from me. It is their love, encouragement and strong criticism drives the wheels forward.

Advice to Budding Motopreneurs from The Motopreneur – Sourabh Sathe

Whether you are naturally endowed by your family’s wealth or heritage, remember there is no way like your own way. Stay humble to your routes and keep customer before self.

Live Location ( official contact details)

https://invictustouringgears.com

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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

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