Founder Message / Team
Dr. Kushant Uppal, Founder, and Managing Director
Dr. Kushant is the founder and Managing director of Intelizon Energy Pvt Ltd headquartered in Hyderabad. Intelizon was founded in 2007 and is recognised as a leading innovator in solar streetlights and home products.
Prior to Intelizon, Kushant had spent over 10 years developing industry-leading technology products and businesses in the hotbed of innovation – Silicon Valley, California.
While working at JDSU, a leading optical telecom component manufacturer, based out of San Jose, USA he incubated and managed global businesses in Asia, Europe, and North America with sales up to Rs1000 million. He has had hands-on operational experience in manufacturing, R&D, and marketing.
In 2006, Kushant decided that energy efficient products are the key to enhancing productivity and moved back to India to create a social venture-Intelizon. It is one of the few profitable social ventures globally.
Dr. Kushant has an MS and Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Southern California and a B-tech from IIT Madras.
I founded Intelizon in 2007 with the vision to create a world of smart energy which formed the basis for the name. INTELIZON means intelligent solar- ZON means sun in dutch and INTELI is short for intelligent.
After completing my PhD in optoelectronics and spending a decade in silicon valley creating world-leading technologies and products, Intelizon was the perfect next step in my life. The entrepreneurial urge combined with the excitement to create a business entity which has a measurable human impact was the motivation behind starting the company and moving with family to India.measurable human impact was the motivation behind starting the company and moving with family to India.
The world of technology has always penetrated the top of the pyramid and solutions have reached the bottom of the pyramid as an afterthought. Intelizon is a journey where we have created technologically the most advanced solar systems to address the requirements at the bottom of the pyramid. The lithium-ion based solar streetlights and the DC systems are state of the art, cost-effective and have been proven to work in tough conditions. The IOT based remote monitoring and control and the AI-based inbuilt camera systems are path- breaking and have a requirement globally.
We are preparing to finally introduce our technologically advanced systems to the top of the pyramid in the coming year.
India has been successful in becoming the software and IT services hub for the world. People from India have gone to the western countries and developed world-leading products and designs. The capability exists but the lack of world-leading product companies in India is another motivation to change the mindset. We have created GOOD products by demonstrating high quality and reliability. Our next target is to work on designs which can incorporate our quality and reliability to create GREAT products. The ecosystem in India has been tough but we are determined to achieve our goal.
A final word on what we are building within Intelizon apart from technology and products. We have a team of professionals who are dedicated to our vision and are passionate about their work. We work tirelessly to build trust and long-term relationships with our customers and suppliers alike. I believe the ethics we have built will form the platform on which we will create a long-lasting entity that will impact the world. As of October2019, we have impacted over 2.7milion lives, saved 18000 tonnes of CO2 which is the same as sustaining 284000 trees for 10years and 25GWh of electricity and the journey continues…