Sastra Robotics, a robotics company based in Kerala, India, began as a passion project by three friends fresh out of engineering college. Aronin Ponnappan, Akhil Ashokan, and Achu Wilson, all graduates of Government Engineering College, Sreekrishnapuram, Palakkad, decided to pursue their love for electronics and robotics by starting their own venture. Their aim was not only to create innovative robots but also to make a difference in an industry they were deeply passionate about.
To start their company, Sastra Robotics, the three friends needed a capital of Rs 1 lakh to register it as an “India Private Ltd” company. They borrowed Rs 35,000 each from their parents and successfully registered the company. Despite their naivety, their determination and belief in their abilities paved the way for success.
Sastra Robotics was incubated at the Startup Village in Kochi, where they refined their ideas and gained valuable support and guidance. They had previously worked on various robotics projects during their college days, including the creation of a popular robot named Chippu. Chippu garnered attention on their campus for its ability to move its hands and legs based on commands.
However, it was a meeting with Mrinal Kalakrishnan, a robotics scientist at Google, that opened their eyes to the immense potential of robotics. Kalakrishnan enlightened them about the vast scope of the technology and inspired them to take their passion to new heights. This encounter became a turning point in their lives and motivated them to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams in the field of robotics.
Fast forward to the present day, and Sastra Robotics is now preparing to export 150 robots to the United Kingdom (UK). Their dedication, hard work, and unwavering passion have led them to tremendous success, showcasing the immense potential of Indian startups in the field of deep-tech.