Published: 15th May 2018
Now you don't have to wait to get out of school to start working on your dreams
Pavan Allena, the founder of the educational start up, Metamorphosis speaks about grooming entrepreneurship right from the start
Metamorphosis is a start-up that is centred exclusively around the entrepreneurial skills and all-around genius of young children. So it is fitting that Pavan Allena was just a young BTech Computer Science student when he started exploring his own ideas. But before we get to how he started Metamorphosis, we have to go further back to discover his origin story. In his early days at VIT, Pavan initially dreamt up an app called Track My Kid, using the Uber model to help parents track their children and their school buses.
This was 2015 and Pavan was ready to make his dream a reality but he didn't find the enthusiasm or the space to go forward with it. "In college, everyone wanted me to present it as a good project report but no one supported me to pursue it in an entrepreneurial way. So I brought the idea to T-Hub in Hyderabad." After arriving in this new city with nothing more than 8 slides on his PowerPoint presentation, it took Pavan more than 15 months to find his first customer.
School rules: The team visited schools and interacted with students to help define the curriculum
Pavan refers to these few years in his career as his second schooling experience. Through his first client, he found out that his idea had already been introduced by someone else by that time. When the company finally took off, Pavan found himself communicating with school students on a regular basis. The students presented him with a variety of questions about how he made money, his business model, how he developed apps, even. It opened his eyes to the fact that all of the students had ideas to share but didn't know what to do about it.
"I realised that whatever I had gone through, from the very inception of the idea to taking it to the market, was like an entrepreneurial roller coaster ride and I thought I could take what I knew and provide it to students like these, in school, so they are not caught by surprise like I was," says Pavan. "School is the perfect time to explore these things, there are so many liberties you can take and there are resources at your disposal and you are protected. That's when the idea hit me: why don't we provide students with these opportunities right from school?" This was how Metamorphosis was born.
By imbibing the seed of entrepreneurial thinking right from school, we are able to impact the whole Indian ecosystem. Instead of wasting their time exploring startups after they graduate, students have an opportunity to give employability to others right from their youngest and most productive years. This helps change and grow the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem
Pavan Allena, Founder, Metamorphosis
This was around the time when he met his co-founder Sirisha Pudipeddi with whom he visited schools and interacted with students in an attempt to define their curriculum. Soon, they tied up with recruitment centres and colleges to fill that void. Currently, there are 53 trainers associated with the company and 26 members in its core group.
Metamorphosis works by taking established businesses and ideas and presenting them to students to study them, note points and help them to build bigger and better things. In colleges, the Metamorphosis takes problem statements from companies and present it to students as case studies and encourage them to find appropriate solutions. Pawan explains, "We are preparing them for the type of problems that could hurt their careers in the future. So learning to deal with them at such an early stage is their head start. When they present solutions we connect companies and students who can benefit from the exposure. Most students enter college without really knowing why, so this introduces them to what the industry is actually about."
Entrepreneurial skillset through exponential learning
Real time exposure to corporations
Headstart within the entrepreneurial world
A conducive entrepreneurial ecosystem
Expert trainers for instruction and support
Pavan has big dreams. "Our future will be to transform the schools that we have partnered with to start entrepreneurial incubators. We will also promote an entrepreneurial ecosystem in every school and college so that students can just walk in with an idea and walk out with a product." Along with his team, Pavan also holds a vision to take Metamorphosis to colleges in rural areas. He says, "Ideas come out of struggles and problems. We want them to turn their problems into solutions." Currently, they are building a community of school students, teachers, corporates and private entrepreneurs numbering at least one million people.