Alumni Connect: I wish to take my startup forward with a number of ventures, say Behere
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Kaivalya Madhav Behere, alumni of 2015-2017 batch of the Fergusson College, realised the impending importance of environmental studies and the need to innovate in the sector to sustain it.
He now runs a startup, Aimtech systems, which focuses on sustainable paper waste management, and provides expert consultation and automation facilities. He has also been working with his alma mater to properly manage the campus waste.
Tell us about your educational background?
I pursued my passion for geography and nature throughout my educational career. After passing out from SP College with a BSc in geography, I came to Fergusson College in the year 2015 to do masters in environmental science.
The decision not only exposed me to a reservoir of scholarly knowledge but also substantial field knowledge through interactions with people from different academic and social status allied with environmental pedagogy and implementation.
What happened after your graduation?
After graduation, I was in a dilemma whether to go into academics like many in my field or to take risks and venture new avenues.
I believe one is always stuck with this dilemma because the fundamental and conventional path is always more reassuring, but then going after your dream is what gives true satisfaction.
My dream lay in working in the field of environment science and be involved in an innovative startup which can have a substantial impact. Although the job scenario is anyway very slim, I dreamt of opening a startup in this sector, which I did, years later, as Aimtech systems.
Tell us about your journey and your startup?
Two months after graduation, I got a call to go as a lecturer to Baramati. Although, this is not what I wanted to do eventually, I grabbed the opportunity as it would mean a lot of learning.
My learning phase went on even though the business idea was always on my mind which later was established through Aimtech systems in 2016.
The company deals with environmental consultation, automation, with major focus of paper and waste management. We developed a shredder unit.
What does the future look like?
In today’s era of startups, I chose to venture into this risky sea by opening my startup on waste recycling. Now, I wish to take it forward with a number of ventures.
Further, as we have established ourselves well in terms of paper waste management, the future plan is to expand into sustainable management of plastic waste through newer techniques.