Meet Akansha Bansal The Entrepreneur Behind Budding Star
We usually do interviews with mothers who don the hat of an entrepreneur. But this time, its special. Akansha Bansal is not a mom. But what she hopes to do for children is indeed remarkable. With a vision to build a parenting portal for children in tier II cities of India, she embarked upon the journey of founding Budding Star. Through this portal, she hopes to help parents of tier II cities of North India find solution to their everyday parenting problems as well as be the ultimate guide for finding best summer camps, kids activities, tuition centres, baby shops in these cities.
In this interview, she talks about her passion for entrepreneurship, her vision for Budding Stars and her aspiration for mentoring children achieve their true potential.
Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Akansha Bansal. I am the Co-founder of online platform “Budding Star-Shaping future”. I have done MBA (HR) from Panjab University, Chandigarh. After working as an Assistant Professor for four years in a Management Institute near Chandigarh, I started Budding Star. I live with a notion “SIMPLE LIVING, HIGH THINKING”. I love to read novels. I have an optimistic approach towards life and I always have faith and hope. I am always eager to learn new things. I love to help people. Seeing a person’s face light up or hearing a “thank you so much!” totally makes my day. I can humour people. And I am somewhat short tempered.
What inspired you to come up with the concept of Budding Star?
I love kids. I always get perturbed whenever I see or read something bad happening to them, whether it be abuse or any health-related issues pertaining to kids. Well, if I talk about Tricity (Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali) region and Tier II cities of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal (i.e. upper Indian Northern region) there is no as such dedicated resource/portal for parents and children which helps them with daily problems, everyday issues of health, education, lifestyle etc. Here, parents don’t know where to send their kids for tuitions, summer camps and other kids activities centres like football, aerobic classes, dance classes, etc. The present websites that work in this realm focus only on metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, etc. For breaking these stereotypes and to take Tricity at big cities level, I along with my brother started working on this idea which gave birth to Budding Star. Thus, Budding Star is first online portal/website in the Northern region catering dedicatedly only to the kids. To the best of my capabilities, I along with my team want to gift the parents all set of services required for their kids and enable them to shape their future.
What were the initial hardships you faced while starting this venture?
Working with freelancers were really difficult in the beginning. Freelancers are difficult to tackle, and many of them lack in terms of professionalism. It took huge input from our team to make the product ready. Now as Budding Star is in growing stage we have hired a professional team to work with us. As a start-up, it’s difficult to understand the legal technicalities applicable to us. So, till now it has been a hard journey for a small team like us.
Where do you see yourself and Budding Star 1,5 and 10 years down the line?
I wish to build a presence for “Budding Star” in Northern India by helping the parents with resources to make their parenting journey smooth. Currently we are focusing in Tricity region but very soon will start to cover Tier-II cities of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal etc. We wish to be a one-stop destination where parents can find solution to any problems related to health or lifestyle or education pertaining to kids. Down the line in a year we expect an audience of 100,000 per month on our website and in span of 5 years go into merchandizing and opening at least 20 Kids stores by the name “BUDDY” in Northern India.
Given that you are not having any constraints, what else you would love to pursue in your current focus area?
I would love to open some studies centre for children and would love to mentor kids in the areas in which they love to excel. I think currently Indian education system gives lot of burden of studies on kids thus doesn’t take out the real character from the education. I would love to help children hone their inborn talent as I believe every child is unique.
Do you have any message for other women who want to pursue entrepreneurship?
To all the beautiful women out there, just believe in yourself and your dreams. Entrepreneurship is a long journey, so never lose patience and hope. Always give your best shot. And yes, there are no shortcuts, so work harder for your dreams to be true!