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The Belagavi Story of Entrepreneurship: A Varakumar Siddavatam Presentation

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By Rakesh Rao

If there is one Tier-2 industrial town in India that has a unique story of home-grown entrepreneurial success, it is the town of Belagavi in Karnataka.

Called the Hydraulics capital of India, Belagavi is a city apart from others is the unique blend of dedicated workforce and entrepreneurial culture that is native in this town. Having interacted and worked with people from North Karnataka, I have long realized that they are one of the hard-working and trust-worthy people in India: dedicated, knowledgeable and loyal to them employers. We find them in all spheres of work in Karnataka, right from the unskilled labor which builds your roads to the skilled CAD designers and engineers who work in countless design organizations across the country.

maxresdefaultIt is this mix of resources that has probably prompted Belagavi to flourish as a manufacturing and design hub in India.

Paying tribute to the big entrepreneurial spirit of small town Belagavi, Mr. Varakumar Siddavatam created this video which captures the essence of what is the uniqueentrepreneurial DNA of Belagavi.

For example, did you know this?

  • One of India’s top selling helmets (VEGA) are manufactured in Belagavi
  • Some of the most critical components of the Mangalyaan mission were designed and made here (SERVOCONTROLS)
  • Indian Navy’s rugged submarines have the most critical structural and hydraulics coming from here (POLYHYDRON).
  • One of the role model manufacturing industry that has not paid a single rupee of bribe exists here and is most successful too (POLYHYDRON).
  • India’s #1 go-cart manufacturer and a leading exporter of racing carts(KITS-N-KARTS) is based here.
  • PHOENIX from this town makes one of the most innovative productivity enhancers for artisans.

The unique feature about these companies is that they are not routine manufacturing factories or re-engineering shops. They do not reproduce for their foreign principals or copy generic designs and and mass produce for the local market. Each company innovates and produces an indigenous piece of design that is the pride of India.

The numbers speak for themselves. Belagavi is the second highest contributor of commercial taxes to the government of Karnataka, after Bengaluru.

We salute the entrepreneurs of Belagavi because they are one of the smartest in India, an un-assuming lot who do not clamor to be in the eyes of the media and Page 3.


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