DR. MINAKSHI BATTASHE, Mentor, Pune
Dr. Minakshi Battashe is one of the oldest mentors in BYST and has been working with the team for over 15 years now. She is an extremely enthusiastic and soulful person who spreads joy through all that she does. She has been actively counselling and mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs all these years. She is also a member of committees in the organisation through which she brings about constant change and upliftment.
Dr. Battashe helped Abhishek in making sure that his small business of producing agarbattis (incense sticks) carves its own niche in the market. From just a small business venture to one which sells over 70 varieties of products, Abhishek’s business bloomed under the guidance of Dr. Battashe. Her mentoring also included special advice on how to make the most out of the leftovers from the agarbattis to produce other things in order to ensure the sustainability quotient of the business.
It has been 3 years now and it is a mentor-mentee relationship that has been through the pandemic as well! In fact, Abhishek was about to launch his business in March 2020 itself but the lockdown was announced but he did not give up and Dr. Battashe did not leave his side. She encouraged him to digitise his business and their resilience along with BYST’s constant training and workshops led to building a loyal clientele for Abhishek’s venture.