Komal Parakh has been chosen as the awardee for the prestigious “BHARAT GAURAV PURASKAR” and a “CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE” for her outstanding achievements and remarkable contribution in field of Women Entrepreneurs. KTK Outstanding Achievers and Education Foundation and Helium Production both are renowned organizations, hosting this award ceremony on Sunday November 14, 2021 in New Delhi.
All you need to know about Komal Parakh
Komal Parakh has graduated in Economics and Political Science from the University of Mumbai. She successfully founded the organization Upcycle Corps., a startup venture dedicated to bringing sustainable lifestyles to communities. Through her startup venture, Komal has effectively prevented over 50,000 meters of underutilized textile leftover from garment manufacturing and apparel production from going to waste by ending up in incinerators or landfills. She has repurposed all this textile into 10,000+ sustainable clothing concepts. In the entire process, Komal has generated fair-wage employment opportunities for 150+ artisans hailing from the remotest parts of the country.
In 2015, Komal, along with her team, was awarded the 1st prize for coming up with the best business model at National University of Singapore (NUS). In 2016, she was one of the 350 delegates chosen from a global applicant pool to represent her country, India at the Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations (HPAIR), where she represented the Entrepreneurship panel. In 2018, Komal was accepted into the spring cohort of Harvard Innovation Labs’ Student Venture Network. In addition to this, Komal is on the board of several startups across the education, healthcare, IT and Consulting space. These include Oya Opportunities, FutureHack, Digital Mayong, Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and the like.
In her 5 years of experience, she has interacted with 10,000+ students, 500+ industry & thought leaders and 250+ civic, political and business organizations. Her work has led to influencing, engaging and building relationships with key stakeholders across numerous platforms and functional areas including but not limited to – Organizational Behaviour, Growth & Strategy, Operations, PR, Marketing, Customer Relationship Management, Leadership & Team Building, et
Komal was recently awarded the ‘Outstanding Young Achiever of the Year’ by the Global Education Summit & Awards 2021 for her exemplary achievements and contribution In the education space. She has also been awarded as the India Inspirational Woman 2021 n the Business & Entrepreneurship space. In addition to this, Komal has been featured in the prestigious ‘99 Achievers of India’ book published by The Indian Achievers Club and is also on the list of the ‘30 under 30 awardees’ of the same organization.
Komal is also a prolific writer and has published several articles including those on ‘Barter in the Age of Paucity and Excess’, ‘Dissolving Boundaries Through Sustainable Returns’ and ‘Application Development as a Career’ on LinkedIn, the Harvard Crimson and Education Times (Times of India) respectively. She is a youth advocate for sustainability, climate action and ending inequality and illiteracy amongst youth and features in several videos about the same.
Since a very young age, Komal has been proactively involved in a variety of things. She started working on her startup venture at the tender age of 18, I.e., during the first year of undergraduate college of University of Mumbai. Taken aback by the magnanimous quantities of textile waste generated during garment from various apparel production units, Komal decided to collect all this textile waste and repurpose it into something useful and that can be utilized by the masses.
It is when the idea of Upcycle Corps. was born. Komal has thus far generated 15,000 USD in revenue through the sale of up-cycled garments via various exhibitions conducted in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad as well as in the city of Boston, Massachusetts.
In addition to the above, Komal is a multi-award winning speaker/orator. She received the Best Speaker award in 2013 by Daily News and Analysis (DNA) in the inter-collegiate debate held in colleges across Mumbai. In 2016, Komal served as the vice-chair of the ECOSOC committee at the I.I.M.U.N conference held at United Nations headquarters in New York City. In 2018, Komal was invited as a guest speaker/mentor at the Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (GEB) held in Bangkok to discuss the challenges she faced in her startup journey. Given her inclination for art and cinema, Komal has also ventured into film-making and production process and is the executive producer for 3 short films by the name of ‘Whales’, ‘Joyce’ and ‘The Doorbell’ respectively and the production assistant for the short film, ‘Proof’, all of which have gone on to win multiple awards at various film festivals around the world.
While Upcycle Corps., started out as a venture to transform/re-purpose pre-consumer textile waste leftover from garment manufacturing into sustainable product lines, it now seeks to be one-of-its kind holistic B2B2C marketplace platform dedicated to the sale and showcase sustainable products, services and brands. Komal and her team are trying to create a paradigm shift in sustainable consumption around the world.
We are looking to build a holistic one-of-a-kind online e-commerce marketplace platform that will showcase sustainable (environmental friendly, vegan and organic labels) brands from across the country.
Our robust marketplace shall be the only e-commerce platform dedicated to sustainable brands around the country featuring verticals such as lifestyle, footwear, decor, electronics, gadgets, petcare, cosmetics, furniture, etc. We plan to partner with 100s of 1000s of brands which are pioneers in the world of sustainability. Thus, Upcycle Corps. seeks to be one of the first dedicated marketplace platforms showcasing all things sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly across the country on one platform.