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Female Entrepreneur: Jeyalakshmi Venkatanarayanan – Founder of Universe Power Systems

Jeyalakshmi VenkatanarayananTell us about yourself and your background

I am the founder and proprietor of Universe Power Systems. My educational background is in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. I am also a qualified teacher, trained dancer, choreographer and Carnatic singer. I received management education from ISB, Hyderabad with sponsorship from Goldman Sachs. My first entrepreneurial venture was the dance school ‘Nruthya Kendra’ that I started in 1984.

Starting a company with no prior customer base, along with a lack of funding opportunities at the time of venturing into this new prospect, were the biggest challenges I faced in the path of achieving success.

Tell us about your company

I started Universe Power Systems in 1997, as a business partner of Tata Liebert for UPS. From no prior customer base, Universe grew to serve more than 2,000 reputed companies in various segments like IT, healthcare, government, education and research.

At Universe, our mission is to provide total green power solutions to customers across various segments and back it up with quality and reliability of our service support system. Our business objectives are to ensure maximum uptime, clean power and a unique customer experience.

We have expanded our services from UPS, batteries, stabilisers and inverters to include “total” power solutions, green power, home and office automation, BMS, precision cooling, data centers, Transient Voltage Surge Suppressors (TVSS), server racks, ASCO switches and transformers.

At Universe, our target market includes mainly the IT and ITES segments, industry, education, research, hospitals and government sectors.

What drove you to become an Entrepreneur?

Driven by passion to work in the area of power, I set up Universe Power Systems. Since my childhood I have always wanted to be an owner of a company. I was able to achieve my goal of being a proprietor and managing Universe for over 16 years, with good leadership skills and ethics.

What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?

Starting a company with no prior customer base, along with a lack of funding opportunities at the time of venturing into this new prospect, were the biggest challenges I faced in the path of achieving success.

What has been your greatest achievement so far?

1. Started with UPS and Batteries. Now we are a Total Power solution company.

2. Handled and capable of handling any large projects anywhere in India

3. Recipient of numerous awards including:

‘Star of We Connect’ 2013

‘Mother Teresa Excellence Award’ 2012

Advisory board member at Acharya institute of management college, 2011

‘First Generation Women Entrepreneur Award’, 2011

‘10K Women of Goldman Sachs’, 2009

‘Powerful Lady’ by Kannada Prabha a news daily, 2007

‘Rashtriya Rattan Award’, 2000

Featured in Udha TV, DQ Week Cyber media, Workshop News, KNN24/7, Times of India, Channel Times, Supportbiz.com and Thandhi TV

4. Part of the delegation to the USA to meet the Corporates who wants to give business under “Supplier Diversity”

For all the women starting out on their own, I would say, “Follow your dreams”! Working towards a dream with a goal in mind provides a distinct path to follow with sincerity, hard work and dedication.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

My father, K S Venkatanarayanan and Mr. Ratan TATA have been my biggest inspiration. Qualities like passion, loyalty, hard work and dedication are really important when it comes to running a company. They have inspired me to start a business and to follow an ethical manner with the above qualities while working, despite the various obstacles that I might meet along the way.

How do you balance your work life and home life?

Despite my hectic work schedule, I make sure I get time to spend with my family, especially my two daughters. This balance surely gives an overall satisfaction and happiness, which would otherwise be lacking if only my work life was given a priority.

What advice do you have for women starting out on their own?

For all the women starting out on their own, I would say, “Follow your dreams”! Working towards a dream with a goal in mind provides a distinct path to follow with sincerity, hard work and dedication.

Can you recommend any organisations or networking groups that have particularly helped you on your journey?

Emerson Network Power, We Connect International, BNI and Indian School of Business

If you could ask for one thing to help propel your business what would it be?

It would be great to have Projects, Contracts and a Joint Venture with a leading corporate

What does the future hold for you?

In the future, I would like to expand my existing customer base. I hope that Universe reaches greater heights and it would be great if I could achieve all the goals I have put together for the upcoming years. We will manufacture a power product for the daily life in the brand of ‘Universe’.

I would also like to motivate young entrepreneurs to take up business careers.

About Jeyalakshmi Venkatanarayanan

Jeyalakshmi Venkatanarayanan is the only woman business partner of Emerson Network Power running this business independently for the last 17 years. Instead of individual products we provide the right solution at the right time. The company is registered with eGov and Eproc and We Connect certified company.  The organisation designs, consults, executes projects in UPS, batteries, stabiliser, server racks, data centres, precision AC, solar, automation, surge suppressors, Asco switches and power quality audit – it’s motto – A Total Power  Solution under one roof!  Speaking about her business Jeyalakshmi says; “When you think about Power think Universe Power Systems!”

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Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: +91 98450 66039

LinkedIn: Jeyalakshmi Venkatanarayanan

Website: http://www.universepower.in/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeyalakshmi.venkatanarayanan

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