Trichy student’s startup bags innovator award | Trichy News – Times of India

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Trichy: A 23-year-old college student’s startup in Trichy has bagged the Tamil Nadu Student Innovators (TNSI) 2020 award instituted by Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation Institute (EDII) Tamil Nadu.
The business idea, which offers waste management solution by recycling the cloth waste generated from tailor shops and wholesale textile units into household items like curtains and carpets, was awarded a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh by the state government.
Re-Tailors (recycling tailors) is a business model pitched by Shrinidhi Umanathan, a final year M.Com student of Cauvery College for Women in Trichy. The objective is to collect cloth scrap from tailor shops and wholesale textile units, clean them and then conceptualize ideas to design curtains, carpets, pillow covers and doormats. The shops pay Rs 10 for every 500 kg of cloth waste handed over to the startup.
The end products are sold through e-commerce platforms . “If we are not collecting the cloth scrap, the waste would burden the civic body. The tailor outlets equally benefit since we offer a solution to get rid of their mounting waste,” Umanathan said. The startup employs at least 50 freelancers including women and 18 persons with disabilities (PwD) equipped with sewing machines . The freelancers are provided with the cloth scrap and design pattern to stitch the end product.
“Faculties at our in-house incubation centre had mentored the plan. The recognition that has come after several levels of scrutiny will encourage other students to take up entrepreneurship,” Dr V Sujatha, principal of Cauvery College for Women said.
The prize money awarded for the top 10 submissions across the state will have to be utilized solely for business development.

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