Santosh Ostwal is the CEO & Founder Director of Ossian Group. He is an electrical engineer and a thrilling social-entrepreneur from Pune, India awarded globally for his innovation, Nano Ganesh – A Mobile based Remote Control for Water pumps and water tanks.
Quitting government job at 23, he and his wife, Rajashree, who is also an Electronics Engineer, dedicated whole life for smart irrigation for farmers. His invention “Nano Ganesh” is a classic example of M2M application with over 50000 installations across India and overseas till March 2016 having generated self-employment for more than 5000 techies in India.
His entrepreneurial journey is full of excitement, courage, severe falls & tiger leaps followed by tremendous success and worldwide recognition.
It is an exclusive example of how the long term goal can be achieved with passion and dedication against all odds.
With 6 international and 6 national awards in his store, Santosh has been awarded as –
1. The Best mobile Innovator in the world by Nokia.
2. Among top 7 mobile applications in the world for Socio Economic Use by GSMA, MWC
3. The Tech Award Laureate, California, USA, 2011
4. mBillionth South Asian Award in 2012.
5. The winner of FICCI- DST Lockheed Martin award under India Innovation Growth Program.
6. Nominee for Katerva Award, USA for materials resources category
7. He is a Parkhe Award recipient of MCCIA Pune
Featuring in TV channels -
He has been featured in various national and international TV channels like DD1, ET NOW, Times Now, BBC, Japan TV, FRANCE 24, STAR PLUS, NDTV etc.
TV shows - Amazing Indian on Times Now, The Power of Shunya on Times Now, Aaj Ki Raat Hai Jindagee – A Program hosted by Amitabh Bacchhan in Star Plus
His entrepreneurial story has been published in The Chicken Soup for Souls,The Economist-London, UNFAO, World Bank, Agriculture Robot – A book costing 4000 US dollars, GIZ – Germany, USAID- USA, etc.
Recently, Nano Ganesh has been profiled in UNFAO’s Book on 7 Successful Global ICT Stories for Agriculture and Rural development.
Santosh is an Author of an inspirational book in Marathi written for the farmers and entrepreneurs titled as “Paisa Akarshanabaddal Sarva Kaahee”.
On occasion of 22nd March as World Water Day, Nano Ganesh has been described as one of the seven important strategies to conserve the water by.
He is a TEDx Speaker and spoke at FICCI, CII – Delhi, GIZ - South Africa & Berlin, Mobile World Congress- Barcelona, UNDP - Istanbul, Nexus Conference - USA on importance of iot and mobile applications in Indian scenario.
Business in SMART WATER –
His exclusive strategy of building numerous partnerships has generated a proven life tested business model to implement ICT applications for rural irrigation on larger scale across India and Asia PAcific countries..
Santosh says, “Water is a precious element. Millions of water pumps are delivering water to the global population. Hence it is a need of the time to measure, control and monitor even a single drop of water.”