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Take a professional interactive ride through the life of C.K Kumaravel Co-founder of naturals, India's most popular hair, and beauty salon.
Here is an opportunity to network and discuss the startup attributes with Mr. C.K. Kumaravel.
Mr. C. K. Kumaravel is the co-founder of “Naturals”, India’s No 1 salon chain. Together with his wife Ms. K. Veena, he has revolutionized the salon & franchising industry with over 550+ salons spread across India. fact that Naturals has created 400 women franchise partners and trained over 10,000 staff. Thanks to the 30 lakh customers of Naturals!
Destined to be an entrepreneur with a difference, Mr. C. K. Kumaravel is the co-founder of Groom India Salon & Spa Pvt Ltd, the brand that owns India’s No 1 salon chain "Naturals". The first Naturals salon was started in 2000 by his wife, Mrs. K. Veena, and the brand now has 550+ salons across India and has been hailed as a game-changer in the salon and franchising industry.
Over the last 16 years, Naturals has created 350 women franchise partners, directly employed over 8000 staff, and catered to 30+ lakh customers! In fact, Kumaravel and Veena have redefined and revolutionized the salon and franchising industry by constantly innovating and offering services that delight customers. They have recently started the “Naturals Training Academy” which will function as a launchpad for young people looking to make a mark in the beauty industry.
It is Mr. C. K. Kumaravel’s fervent belief that women are just as capable as men in the business world and all they require is a small push to start them off as entrepreneurs and a little guidance in the initial stages of business, which Naturals is more than happy to provide. The brand vision is to create 3,000 salons, 1,000 successful women entrepreneurs, and 50,000 job opportunities by the year 2020.
Naturals is today India’s No.1 salon chain and the dream is to make it the world’s No.1 salon brand in the near future.
The Road Ahead For Startups: Post COVID-19
VISHNU IS A SEASONED MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT WITH A DECADE OLD EXPERIENCE IN MARKET RESEARCH ACROSS VARIOUS VERTICALS RANGING FROM DIGITAL, IT, ENGINEERING R&D, SHARED SERVICES, BFSI, RETAIL, TELECOM, CONSTRUCTION ETC. HE HAS RICH EXPERTISE IN MARKET EXPANSION, MARKET STRATEGY, PRODUCT STRATEGY, TALENT STRATEGY, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION STRATEGY, M&AS, ACCELERATOR SETUP, VC FUNDING. HAVE CLOSELY WORKED WITH THE TOP MANAGEMENT OF MULTIPLE FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES.
HE HAS LED VARIOUS RESEARCH ENGAGEMENTS WITH NASSCOM SUCH AS INDIA STARTUP REPORT, SKILL ANALYSIS REPORT AND GCC ECOSYSTEM IN INDIA. HE WAS AN INTERNAL JURY MEMBER FOR NASSCOM STARTUP AWARDS AND ECONOMIC TIMES STARTUP AWARDS. AS A RESEARCH LEAD WITH ZINNOV HE HAS HELPED FEW LARGE MNCS SUCH AS MICROSOFT, CISCO, NETAPP TO SETUP THEIR STARTUP ACCELERATORS IN INDIA BY DESIGNING THE ENTIRE STRUCTURE OF THESE ACCELERATORS, CURRICULUM DESIGN AND IN COHORT CREATION. HE ALSO LED RESEARCH ENGAGEMENTS WITH CII, TIE, ATAL INNOVATION AND OTHER VC FIRMS ON FORMULATING STARTUP POLICIES, STARTUP LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS AND ON ACCELERATOR STRATEGIES.
HE IS ALSO AN INVESTOR AND A MENTOR IN NAN (NATIVE ANGEL NETWORK) COIMBATORE CHAPTER.
VISHNU MOVED TO COIMBATORE IN 2018 TO INCUBATE AND SETUP ZINNOV/DRAUP’S RESEARCH COE (CENTER OF EXCELLENCE) IN AND IS CURRENTLY LEADING A 100 MEMBER TEAM. HE IS A CORE MEMBER IN BUILDING A SAAS BASED RESEARCH PLATFORM – DRAUP AND CLOSELY WORKS WITH NASSCOM ON THE SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS FOR THEM WHICH AIMS TO IMPROVISE THE TALENT QUALITY IN INDIA FOR PROFESSIONALS AND STUDENTS. HE IS CURRENTLY MODELING VARIOUS UPSKILLING AND RESKILLING INITIATIVES WITH NASSCOM TO ADDRESS THE TALENT DEMAND CHALLENGES IN THE ERA OF DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION.
VISHNU HAS ALSO WORKED WITH VARIOUS MNCS AND VENTURE CAPITALISTS FOR THEIR STARTUP ACQUISITION INITIATIVES AND DUE DILIGENCE AT A GLOBAL LEVEL. GLOBAL STARTUP SCANNING, STARTUP ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY, STARTUP ACQUI-HIRING, CORPORATE– STARTUP–ACADEMIA CONNECT ARE FEW INITIATIVES HE HAS DRIVEN PREVIOUSLY IN ZINNOV.
PRIOR SETTING UP DRAUP’S RESEARCH COE IN COIMBATORE HE WAS LEADING THE RESEARCH WING OF ZINNOV WHERE HE MAJORLY PROVIDED DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION STRATEGY TO VARIOUS MNCS, STARTUPS IN TECHNOLOGY AREAS SUCH AS INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT), BIG-DATA ANALYTICS, MACHINE LEARNING, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI), ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION, BLOCKCHAIN, AR/VR (AUGMENTED REALITY & VIRTUAL REALITY), 3D PRINTING, DIGITAL TWINS ETC. AND ALSO PROVIDE END TO END CONSULTING SUPPORT FOR GICS IN THEIR CENTER SETUP, GIC STRATEGY, TALENT STRATEGY, STARTUP SCAN & ACQUISITION. HE HAS DEVELOPED A STARTUP SCANNER APP OFFERING OF DRAUP WHICH OFFERS COMPANIES TO DISCOVER UPCOMING AND FAST-GROWING STARTUPS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.