How an Indian entrepreneur got three European startup visas & is helping global artisans

Story of accidental entrepreneur...

Lalit Gotham, (26), sole founder of Handscart and is a person who possesses amazing personality. A guy who calls himself as an “accidental entrepreneur”, interested in politics, economics, and traveling. Passionate to make a change starting from the grass root level. Qualification: B pharma graduate and completed MBA.

Left 7 jobs in the time span of 1.5 year, then thought of creating his own, Handscart, artisan based start-up which recently won French Tech Ticket Program despite the lack of support by his co-founder. Winning the prestigious French ticket program is a huge achievement as there is a lot of tough competition by other start-ups from across the world.through the French ticket program Lalit will be receiving funding and incubation from the French government for a period of one year.

Handscart has come up as a solution for artisans belonging to India, Latin America, Columbia, and Africa to name a few. Artisans are exploited by middle-men, NGOs etc. but Handscart provides them a platform where they first acquire knowledge of using different modern devices and then, directly get in contact with customers. Following is a glimpse of his and his artisans hard-work:

The path for developing Handscart was never easy for the sole-founder as supply chain management, infrastructural problems, developing faith among artisans for their generous work, more competition by the e-commerce websites and retail shops available in every corner.  Despite this, the firm has registered more than 1,000 artisans and is providing them livelihood.

The variety of products listed on Handscart can be understood from the fact that “recycled material” created by orphanage children from different parts of India are sold at the website. Also, refugees from France and Italy are involved in various stages of creating a product.

Despite everything, he has made name and fame in different fields and his effort, hard work and dedication needs to be applauded. He knows how to fetch the best out of one’s ability. But still, it’s a long way to go as it’s just the beginning.Lalit is the first indian to get the startup visa from the Italian government and he would be moving to Paris in  January.


How an Indian entrepreneur got three European startup visas & is helping global artisans
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  1. Deepak Guatam

    December 21, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Good Job Brother, keep it up. Congrats 🙂

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