Name: Anjali Srivastava
Business: School Admission India
Location: Noida, India
Industry: Education & Training
Reason for starting? I was a full time mother and enjoying parenting, particularly my break from work. During the admission process to get my son into formal school, I realized that a lot of parents were not totally informed as to how the process worked. Since I come from a technical background, I decided to create and provide such a platform for parents, where they can get information on different schools in one place; information on fees, application due dates, documents required etc.
It was a big struggle during the initial years but then it really started to work as a one stop platform for all the information parents needed for the admissions process in order to save time. Now we have more than 65,000 users who registered with us from the NCR area. Every year when parents secure a seat at school for their child and don’t miss a deadline, it gives us satisfaction and encourages us to help more people. This gives me satisfaction because I look forward every year to introducing new and innovative ways to help.
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How do you define success? Success is inspiring people and being able to touch someone’s life in a positive way. Success is self-satisfaction. When we become role models and a source of encouragement for someone else, it is a success. Success comes from self-motivation and for me, the source of self-motivation is learning new things, using my education and knowledge to help society.
Biggest success: Whatever I have started in my life, I put in 100% of my efforts to make it successful.
What is your top challenge and how you have addressed it? When I started this site, it was on a small scale. Then after updating the site with more information, maintaining the site was a big challenge. I used to check with schools for accurate information, update the site and send newsletters out with the latest admission dates. I then thought to involve parents and the community by creating a Whatsapp group. I am still working hard to make it a self-sustained platform so I’m developing mobile apps as well.
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Who is your most important role model? My Most important role model is my mother. I have learnt so many things from her but the most important thing which I learned from her is “Patience and the importance of helping others” and this encouraged me to help others. Mother Teresa is also a great role model. She committed her existence to pushing peace and making the planet an improved place.
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