Latha Sabbam

Latha Sabbam

CocoaBuzzz

“I come from a family with an agriculture background in Visakhapatnam for a long time now and decided to do something innovative with a new vision and perspective. I was more open to the ideas and opportunities and constantly researched with the mindset of initiating a startup that would harvest health benefits and build stronger local communities.That is when I realized that the post-harvest section of the process is the most neglected and not taken care of. I focused on this area to develop a business model to curb these problems and make them better. People usually sell off their yield in the local farmer’s market and do not bother to check for better opportunities. When IIM Bangalore NSRCEL hosted their contest for Women Entrepreneurship this year, that is in 2021, we enrolled ourselves and among 14,000 participants that took part, we stood among the top 100. This was a game-changer for us as it helped us get into a good incubation program for a year and boosted our skills and confidence to get the guidance needed to successfully run this business. We created 7 Cocoa value-added products which help to resolve a few lifestyle health issues like Stress, Indigestion, Anti-Inflammation, Cardio-Vascular Issues and it is Immunity Booster. With consumption of raw Cocoa Nibs which are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals the ultimate Super Food.The Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Kerala has also collaborated with our startup for five years to help us with licensing technology. We will soon be out of the incubation period and are very excited about pitching our ideas to the investors and getting some serious funding. My two cents, to everyone out there, “ You are What you Eat”. It’s not the quantity but the quality of food that matters.”

State : Andhra Pradesh

Gender : Female

Sector : Agriculture & Forestry

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