Startups in India reached new highs this year. As we move in another year, we brace for the next wave of innovation, disruption, consolidation, and dissolution. The year 2016 brings lots of optimism for the startups.
KnowStartup looks at top 13 young startups that have the potential to turn heads well into 2016 and beyond.
UrbanClap, a mobile marketplace for a gamut of services like house cleaning and beauty services at home to interior designing and wedding photography has confirmed that the monthly transactions on their platform has reached $10 million mark. The startup had achieved the mark in August, less than six months of its mobile app launch, making it one of the fastest growing Internet services companies in India. Batchmates from IIT Kanpur Varun Khaitan and Abhiraj Bhal founded the company.
2. Lets Corp
The company’s flagship program, LetsCareerUp.com is a one-stop platform for career ecosystem where students, universities & corporates can connect together and benefit from each other. The online portal helps children to plan their career, explore industry opportunities, upgrade their skills and build a network with people of same interest. The company has already partnered with 278 schools and seen over 550,000 registrations for the program. Lets Corp is a Bangalore-based startup that operates in Karnataka and Delhi-NCR.
PressPlay, an entertainment and travel startup that started off with renting-out tablets with preloaded content for Rs 100 to passengers in public transports. Later, the company launched Wi-Fi services across volvo buses in India where the users can enjoy the music, videos, movies, games on their own Wi-Fi connected devices. Both the co-founders Anand Sinha and George Abraham were country heads at Zomato before they quit their jobs and got together to start up PressPlay.
Fxkart.com is an online aggregator of foreign exchange dealers and aims to improve the consumer experience of carrying out forex transactions while travelling to or from India.The startup has its international headquarters in Dubai and Indian headquarters in Bengaluru.Their target is to get to the consumer the best deal on forex transactions while helping dealers get visibility with consumers and hence more volume. Fxkart.com was founded by Dr Mushtaq Shah, who was head of research for Equinox Capital Management.
Headout is an mobile marketplace that helps travelers discover & book the most incredible tours, activities, events & local experiences instantly. Founded by Varun Khona, Vikramjit Singh and Suren Sultania, Headout was part of 500 Startups and it was during this phase when the app got its current shape.
Mumbai-based Aasaanjobs.com, a recruitment portal for blue collared and entry level white collared workers in India. Based out of Powai, it was founded by IIT-Powai alumnus Dinesh Goel co-founded Aasaanjobs.com with his college mates Gaurav Toshniwal and Kunal Jadhav.
Bengaluru-based RoomsTonite, a mobile-only last-minute hotel booking app. the company claims to witness a massive growth from its business and user base standpoint. The company boasts over 2 lakh app downloads in a span of less than a year and a significantly high percentage of repeat users. The startup was founded by Suresh John and Karthick Prabu.
Nestaway lets users find housing rentals and house owners rent their properties on the platform. It also provides services like house cleaning, plumbing and relocation services (only from one Nestaway house to another) among others. NestAway was founded by four alumni of the National Institute of Technology, Surathkal. Amarendra Sahu, Jitendra Jagadev, Smruti Ranjan Parida and Deepak Dhar.
LetsTransport is a last-mile logistics provider that aims to streamline intra-city logistics. Its services include screened drivers, audited vehicles, transparent pricing and point-to-point billing. The company aims to cater to a wide range of transport logistics requirements in the industry, ranging from large scale commercial requirements to more routine household transport requirements. Founded by IIT-Kharagpur alumni Pushkar Singh, Sudarshan Ravi and Ankit Parasher, the company offers customized logistics solutions for customers.
Opinio helps small businesses – including restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries and laundry stores – to fulfill their demand by offering delivery as a service. As of last month, the startup was in collaboration with 500 merchants having 700 pilots in 15 areas of Bengaluru and three areas of Delhi. The startup was founded by Mayank Kumar and Lokesh Jangid.
Momoe allows people to view their live tab through their meal, split bills with friends and pay without having to wait for the bill. Going forward, it aims to eliminate cash handling for restaurant home deliveries. The year-old company founded by Biradar, Karthik Vaidyanathan, Ganesh Balakrishnan, Neelesh Bam and Aiman Ashraf, who are mostly graduates of IITs and IIMs is present in Bengaluru.
CanvasFlip allows product managers, UX teams, and entrepreneurs to validate their ideas and check user experience without having to write any code manually. CanvasFlip was started by two friends, Vipul Mishra and Manish Jha, who had earlier co-founded Yougle.
Founded by IIT Bombay grads Aseem Khare (CEO) and Abhiroop Medhekar. TaskBob connects users to pre-screened professional serviceman to fix household appliances such as AC, washing machine, computer and refrigerator. It, like many others in the space, have set out to solve a major pain point faced by consumers through standardized, reliable and instant home services.