Samiksha Govil, Founder, and Director of Kagzi Bottles, is deeply committed to making a positive impact on the world. And what can be more positive than freeing our planet from the constraints of plastic?
After leaving her corporate job in 2018, she dedicated herself to the challenging task of creating a paper bottle. Her relentless pursuit of this vision resulted in a functional prototype, revolutionizing liquid packaging. Samiksha holds an MBA from India and has prior experience with Ernst & Young and Standard Chartered. Her ultimate goal is to develop innovative, sustainable alternatives to plastic in our daily lives.
With over 20 years of experience in Sales, Business Development, Product Management, and more, Sidharth Allahabadi is a strategic visionary. He has a track record of forging strong business relationships and is known to lead and unearth new verticals for future businesses. His previous roles at Samsung Electronics and Wipro have honed his expertise in identifying key opportunities for future growth.
Samarth Ganeriwal brings a wealth of knowledge in manufacturing processes, particularly in the context of ceiling fan production in India. With a background in business education and extensive experience in machinery and manufacturing, he offers invaluable insights into production optimization, quality control, and supply chain management. His contributions to one of India's leading ceiling fan companies suggest that he played a significant role in shaping the company's manufacturing strategies and processes.
Dr. Ramya Ahuja, a Materials Scientist with a PhD, specializes in polymers, biopolymers, and sustainable engineering. Her educational background includes a Bachelor's degree from Columbia University, and she has conducted research at institutions like Columbia University, the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Her work focuses on biodegradable polymers and composites, with applications spanning from packaging to medical devices.
She is also associated with Ramya. materials, an entrepreneurship support organization (ESO). It operates in the deep tech x climate tech space (primarily in the circular economy and the built environment) working to support entrepreneurs and investors in transitioning to new materials since 2021.
Dr. Sanjay K. Nayak boasts a distinguished 36-year career in teaching, research, and consultancy within the petrochemical industries. He has led the Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Govt. of India as the Director General. Holding dual Ph.D. degrees in Science and Engineering, as well as a D.Sc degree in Polymer Science & Technology, he's been an Adjunct Professor for renowned international universities.
His extensive research covers areas like Eco-friendly Composites, Nanocomposites, and Plastics' value addition from E-waste. With 30 books/chapters, 500+ research papers, and 50+ patents, he's a mentor, guide, and policy shaper, currently serving as the Vice-Chancellor of Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Odisha.
Saurabh Mittal champions conscious entrepreneurship through his co-founding role at QYON (Question Your Own Notions). Serving as a senior advisor and board member at Catalyst, IIT Mandi's technology incubator, he's also on the boards of Arnetta Technologies India and Antrepriz.
An IIT Delhi alumnus and Chevening scholar from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Saurabh has held leadership positions at Wipro, Journal Server Trust, and Fractal Analytics. His global teaching stints include institutions like IIB, Kyiv, and Oxford Business College, fostering business insights. Now, settled near the Himalayas, he mentors young entrepreneurs and aspires to facilitate holistic educational transformations.
220 million plastic bottles are produced every day.
80% of them end up in landfills.
It takes 450 years for each bottle to decompose. Every plastic bottle we ever used is still somewhere on the planet.
These numbers and the toll single use plastic bottles have on our planet drove our founder Samiksha Ganeriwal to find an innovative solution. She was acutely aware that every time she bought something in single use plastic containers, she was choking the planet even more. The market had no eco - friendly alternative. This motivated her to create an alternative – paper bottles that are 100% compostable.
We are pioneers in making paper bottles but the journey till here was marked with challenges. However, due to our belief in our product and the faith of our investors we are now producing paper bottles at a large scale. Our bottles are durable, compostable and the home-grown solution to single use plastic bottles.