ILLA Enterprises

As a child John loved to play with kites. However, as a young 8-year-old Satya witnessed the tragic death of his friend when his kite got tangled in an overhead power line. From this young age Satya first learned about electrical fatalities. It became apparent to Satya that electrical fatalities were not uncommon, and many farmers and livestock lose their lives to electrocution or other electrical incidents. This inspired Satya to become an electrical engineer with a social conscience. After finishing his education he founded ILLA Enterprises.

Intent: ILLA Enterprise’s mission is to reduce electrical-related injuries and fatalities.

Idea: ILLA develops innovative low-cost technology for electrical safety and supports farmers to adopt safe practices. ILLA has developed various technologies to improve safety through low cost earthing systems, panel boxes/ starters for agricultural pumps and innovative devices for electrical safety such as, a 3-phase pump motor, starter grounding equipment and overhead line circuit breakers. By running safety awareness workshops and collaborating with local authorities, ILLA diffuses safety practices and improves the electrical equipment of farmers and villagers.

Impact: Telangana ranks amongst the highest states in India for electrical fatalities. In 2017 alone there were 606 accidents resulting in the death of 241 farmers and 333 cattle. ILLA projects to conduct awareness programs in 12,000 villages, reaching 1 lakh farmers in the next five years with the ultimate goal of reducing electrical incidents and fatalities.

BVIC Intervention: ILLA became part of SOCENT when the founder was working on the product with the support of IEEE. After becoming a part of incubation program, BVIC opened its network for ILLA. The start-up got access to the large pool of farmers, space to exhibit and sale the product. BVIC also supported it by co-branding the product under its name with the network. BVIC helped ILLA in fine-tune the idea and widen the scope of growth.

Ramana Gupta

Ramana Gupta is an extremely accomplished financial professional with more than 30 years of experience in banking, finance, and corporate treasury. He is also co-founder of Wealth First Finserv, an independent investment advisory firm directed by senior-level partners. Ramana Gupta is a person who influences top-ranking finance professionals; whose opinion is highly sought after; and whose judgment is widely respected and trusted.
Ramana Gupta graduated in economics from Osmania University and qualified as a Financial Risk Manager from a banking institution. After graduation, he started his career as a banker with State Bank and worked across the country in various departments gaining insights in all aspects of banking. Known for his quick decision making and expertise in foreign exchange, he developed a passion for financial markets early in his career.

In 1995, he joined a leading corporate house to broaden his horizon. With the dawn of liberalization, the 1990s provided him with a huge scope for structuring innovative practices in risk management and capital expenditure. He went on to create several benchmarks in long term sustainability and low-cost financing.
Apart from this, he has also been proactive in social work as the inherent penchant of giving back to society is part of his personality. As a result, he became part of Bala Vikasa CSRB, where he is unleashing his passion through helping zealous social entrepreneurs. As a mentor, he is putting his best foot to bring up new aspects and angles to solve problems innovatively.

Ramana Gupta

Advisor and Board Member, Bala Vikasa

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