Komal Parakh
. India . joined August, 2021

Komal Parakh


Komal Parakh has graduated in Economics and Political Science from the University of Mumbai. She successfully founded the organization Upcycle Corps., a startup venture dedicated to bringing sustainable lifestyles to communities. Through her startup venture, Komal has effectively prevented over 50,000 meters of underutilized textile leftover from garment manufacturing and apparel production from going to waste by ending up in incinerators or landfills. She has repurposed all this textile into 10,000+ sustainable clothing concepts. In the entire process, Komal has generated fair-wage employment opportunities for 150+ artisans hailing from the remotest parts of the country. In 2015, Komal, along with her team, was awarded the 1st prize for coming up with the best business model at National University of Singapore (NUS). In 2016, she was one of the 350 delegates chosen from a global applicant pool to represent her country, India at the Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations (HPAIR), where she represented the Entrepreneurship panel. In 2018, Komal was accepted into the spring cohort of Harvard Innovation Labs’ Student Venture Network. In addition to this, Komal is on the board of several startups across the education, healthcare, IT and Consulting space. These include Oya Opportunities, FutureHack, Digital Mayong, Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and the like. In her 5 years of experience, she has interacted with 10,000+ students, 500+ industry & thought leaders and 250+ civic, political and business organizations. Her work has led to influencing, engaging and building relationships with key stakeholders across numerous platforms and functional areas including but not limited to - Organizational Behaviour, Growth & Strategy, Operations, PR, Marketing, Customer Relationship Management, Leadership & Team Building, et Komal was recently awarded the ‘Outstanding Young Achiever of the Year’ by the Global Education Summit & Awards 2021 for her exemplary achievements and contribution In the education space. She has also been awarded as the India Inspirational Woman 2021 in the Business & Entrepreneurship space. In addition to this, Komal has been featured in the prestigious ‘99 Achievers of India’ book published by the The Indian Achievers Club and is also on the list of the ‘30 under 30 awardees’ of the same organization. Komal is also a prolific writer and has published several articles including those on ‘Barter in the Age of Paucity and Excess’, ‘Dissolving Boundaries Through Sustainable Returns’ and ‘Application Development as a Career’ on LinkedIn, the Harvard Crimson and Education Times (Times of India) respectively. She is a youth advocate for sustainability, climate action and ending inequality and illiteracy amongst youth and features in several videos about the same.

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    • City :
    • navi mumbai

    • State :
    • Maharashtra

    • Category :
    • Entrepreneur

    • Email ID:
    • komalparakh124@gmail.com

    • Profession:
    • Entrepreneur

    • Education
    • Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science

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Project Details

Komal Parakh’s project Up cycle Corps. is an organization that is dedicated to bringing sustainable lifestyles to communities by providing alternatives to textile waste management systems in the country. This is done by re-purposing pre-consumer textile waste, I.e., (textile given off during various stages of garment production) into sustainable clothing and other product lines. Because of the natural shapes that make up a garment, there’s always 10-30% of the fabric that is cut away and discarded during the cutting process. India alone produces 70 billion meters of cloth annually. By using scraps in their highest value, I.e. Komal is a part of the solution to the global problem of textile waste by preventing it from going down-stream and ending up in landfill or incinerator.

Through her work, Komal Parakh has inspired a paradigm shift in sustainable consumption locally and globally. Through her innovative solution for the management of pre-consumer textile waste, i.e., up-cycling textile waste into sustainable clothing and other product lines  Komal has empowered various stakeholders, particularly women to contribute to the local circular economy. She has generated fair wage employment opportunities for 150+ textile artisans in the country, and thereby empowered these disenfranchised textile artisans to lead a life of dignity and integrity. Through her efforts, Komal has brought about a significant positive impact in her community by integrating conservation of resources, climate action, entrepreneurship and sustainable development. She has boosted sustainable production practices in her community, which has thereby led to healthy and sustainable consumption habits in her community and outside.


1. Awarded the 'Outstanding Young Achiever of the Year 2021' Award by Global Education Summit & Award 2021 for exemplary contribution in the field of education.

2. Awarded as the India Inspirational Woman of the year 2021 in the category of Environmental Entrepreneurship.

3. Awraded the Influential Indian's Award 2021 for Academic Excellence.

4. Awarded the International Brilliance Award for being the 'Most Innovative Founder (Sustainability).'

5. Got featured in the '99 Achievers of India' book of the Indian Achievers Club.

6. Got featured in '30 Under 30' book of the Indian Achievers Club.

7. Awarded the OBP Motivational Leader Award.

8. Awarded the Iconic Woman of the Year for Bravery.

Complete Business Details

Komal is the President , Founder and CEO of Up-cycle Corps., an organization looking to bring sustainable lifestyles to communities and providing alternatives to waste management, I.e., by re-purposing textile waste into sustainable clothing and other product lines. Under Komal's leadership, the organization has repurposed 50,000+ meters of fabric into 10,000+ sustainable clothing concepts in a span of just 5 years.

Through her project/venture, Komal has been successful in reducing gender disparity in the supply chain of textile waste management. Up-cycle Corps.' mission is aligned with the following 5 SDGS: Goal 5 (Gender Equality), Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities), Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).


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