Riding Hyderabad’s start-up wave is 22-year-old Akshay Gunteti, who has just embarked on a nation-wide cycle ride to promote the entrepreneurial spirit among the country’s youth.
“There are many youth — especially girls — who want to live their dreams but are limited because of boundaries set by society and family. Entrepreneurship is a weapon or a tool to solve their problems,” says Akshay, who is currently touring Hyderabad’s co-working spaces and other start-up based platforms like T-Hub and iKeva, after being officially launched on Thursday. Akshay will be riding on a cycle to 30 cities across India.
With his next stop in Visakhapatnam, Akshay — who has been working with and on start-up ventures himself for years now — says that he will focus on speaking with at least three mid-level colleges and universities to inspire the younger generation to being working as entrepreneurs rather than a boring 9-to-5 job.
“Every city and region has its own industries that can be exploited by entrepreneurs. For example, in Goa tourism and the food industry are huge while in Hyderabad it's IT and hardware development, so people could become entrepreneurs in those fields, respectively,” he says.