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Top Indian startups to watch out in 2018

To all our beloved readers,  I’m sure most of us would have taken New Year resolutions and would have started this year (2018) with enthusiasm and commitment to our resolutions. Co-incidentally, the startups in India too would have re-committed to their goals at the beginning of this year (2018) and would be looking to establish themselves in India and abroad by the end of this year (2018). In this article we are going to have a look at a few startups from four major Indian cities namely: Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and New Delhi that look most promising to establish themselves in India and abroad by the end of this year (2018). Given below is the list of promising startups city-wise.

Bengaluru Startups

  • Lendingkart:

Website: https://www.lendingkart.com/

Co-founders: Harshvardhan Lunia (Co-founder and CEO) and Mukul Sachan (Co-founder and COO).

About the startup: Lendingkart was founded during January, 2014. It is India’s largest Digital Lending Startup. The startup helps SMEs get working capital if they meet certain criteria laid down by the startup. This startup primarily helps those SMEs get funds who cannot get loans from banks directly. Lendingkart has secured hundreds of millions of dollars through investments from banks and Non-Banking Financial Corporations (NBFCs) till date and has funded hundreds of SMEs with working capital they require. The startup recently secured Rs. 25 crores loan from SBI and is looking to expand its presence throughout India by the end of this year (2018).

  • Inito:

Website: https://www.inito.com/

Co founders: IIT Roorkee alumnus, Aayush Rai and IIT Madras alumnus, Varun AV

About the startup: Women in India especially, are very anxious about their fertile days after marriage. Couples trying to have a baby often miscalculate the woman’s fertile days because the number of fertile days and the fertile cycle varies from woman to woman. Going for regular check-ups in hospitals or clinics can be very strenuous and very expensive for young couples. To solve this problem, Inito has developed a portable and light-weight device to detect fertility in women. The device is a hundred times more cost effective and ten times lighter than the devices used in hospitals and clinics to detect fertility in women. The startup had secured seed funds amounting to US $1 million from a few angel investors based in India and Singapore during November, 2017 and is currently looking to expand its footprint throughout India. This is no doubt a very useful, innovative and promising startup.

  • Springboard:

Website: https://www.springboard.com/

Co founders: Gautam Tambay (Co-founder and CEO) and Parul Gupta (co-founder)

About the startup: Springboard is an online education startup based in Bengaluru. The startup offers courses in Building Construction, Business and Entrepreneurship, Financial Services, Hospitality, Food and Beverage, Information and Communication Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Marketing, Languages and Communication among others for both students and working professionals. Some of the courses it offers are job-guarantee and money-back courses. At the end of any course, students are given a project to work on and are mentored by working professionals who work for prestigious companies like IBM, Facebook, Google, Coca Cola, Microsoft, HCL, etcetera and who give them career advice and feedback on their project. The startup claims that it has an 80% placement record and some of its alumni actually work for the prestigious companies stated above. This is no doubt a promising startup for 2018 because of the facilities it offers to students and working professionals alike.

  • Capital Float:

Website: https://www.capitalfloat.com/

Co founders: Sashank Rishyasringa (Co-founder and MD) and Gaurav Hinduja (Co-founder and CEO)

About the startup: Capital Float is a Bengaluru-based fintech startup which offers collateral-free loans at low rate of interest to SMEs. The startup provides innovative and flexible credit products for SMEs. The startup recently tied up with the e-commerce giant, Amazon, to enable consumer financing on Amazon’s platform. Consumer financing is when customers buy large category products on e-commerce platforms like Amazon through loans/credit and repay them via EMIs. Large category products are usually both large and expensive like TV, refrigerator, AC, Cot, Fan, table, etcetera. Amazon has invested US $45 million (Rs. 293 crores) in Capital Float as part of the tie-up deal. Prior to this round of funding from Amazon (Series C), Capital Float had secured hundreds of millions of dollars through investments and is looking to expand its footprint globally.

  • DocsApp:

Websitehttp://www.docsapp.in/

Co founders: Satish Kannan and Enbasekar D.

About the startup: DocsApp is owned and run by Phasorz Technologies Pvt. Ltd. DocsApp enables patients to chat with anyone of the hundreds of doctors it has tie-ups with using its chat interface. Patients can share their medical records, prescriptions, diagnostics reports, pictures and other information with the doctor/s using the chat interface. Every chat is set to private view which means only the patient and the concerned doctor will be able to see the information they type. The startup has already secured investments and is looking to expand its presence throughout India. This startup will enable doctors to do a better diagnostics of their patients and thereby give a better treatment to their patients. It is definitely a useful and promising startup.

  • Furlenco:

Website: https://www.furlenco.com/

Founder: Ajith Karimpana

About the startup: Furlenco was founded in 2011 by Ajith Karimpana. It is perhaps, India’s most popular furniture rental startup. The startup sees on an average around two thousand bookings per day. The startup rents furniture to its customers on a demand/subscription basis. The startup has recently been funded by one of Bollywood’s big shots, Aamir Khan. Aamir Khan had invested US $300,000 in the startup. Prior to that, Furlenco had secured investments. The startup currently operates in Bengaluru, Delhi – NCR, Mumbai and Pune and is looking to expand its presence throughout India using the funds secured.

  • Itilite Technologies:

Website: http://itilite.com/

Co founders: Mayank Kukreja and Anish Khadiya

About the startup: The startup is a SaaS provider on any popular cloud platform like AWS, Microsoft Azure or GCP. The startup’s software provides travel management solutions to employees of various corporates. Employees can earn reward points in the software and use them, instead of real money, to go to various holiday destinations the software/startup offers. The startup has already secured investments from VC firms like Matrix Partners and is looking to expand its footprint throughout India by the end of 2018.

  • Qubole:

Website: https://www.qubole.com/

Co founders: Joydeep Sen Sarma and Ashish Thusoo

About the startup: Qubole was founded in 2011 by Joydeep Sen Sarma and Ashish Thusoo. The startup provides Big Data services to corporates through technologies like Hadoop and Spark. It helps companies make cost effective and correct business decisions, quickly. The startup has already secured  investments from VC firms like Singtel Innov8 and Harmony Partners and is looking to expand its presence throughout India by the end of this year (2018). The startup currently operates in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune and Delhi.

  • Carbon Masters:

Website: http://carbonlites.com/

Co founders: Kevin Houston and Som Narayan

About the startup: Carbon Masters was founded in 2012 by Kevin Houston and Som Narayan. The startup produces bio-CNG called Carbonlites from organic wastes (vegetable, fruit and grain wastes) by bio-methanizing those wastes by means of specialized (certain species) of bacteria. Carbon Masters had recently entered into a partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra where the later will fund the former to build more plants that can convert organic waste into natural gas (Methane). Carbon Masters collects organic wastes from households, corporates and hotels, converts them into natural gas (methane) and sells its bottled CNG to mostly hotels to use a cooking gas. Carbon Masters has secured Seed funding from the VC firms, Sangam Ventures and Indian Angel Networks (IAN). The exact amount of funding it had received was not revealed. The startup currently operates in Bengaluru and Chennai and plans to expand its presence throughout India by the end of this year (2018).

  • Niki.ai:

Website: https://niki.ai/

Co founders: Jaiswal, Keshav Pravasi, Nitin Babel and Shishir Modi.

About the startup: Niki.ai was founded in 2015 by Jaiswal, Keshav Pravasi, Nitin Babel and Shishir Modi. It is a software platform (website and mobile app) where users can do almost any common task like booking a movie ticket, booking a cab, booking a room in a hotel, reserving a table in a hotel, paying bills, ordering food/pizza, etcetera. Users can do these common tasks by chatting with Niki.ai using the chat interface embedded in the software. Niki.ai as the name suggests employs Artificial Intelligence (AI) to fulfil user’s demands. It is an interactive software. Niki.ai has tie-ups with the most popular companies in various domains like Uber, Ola, OYO rooms, Grofers, Big Bazaar, Redbus, Dominos, Trivago, Expedia, Ibibo, EazyDiner, Bharat Gas, etcetera to fulfil users’ demands. It is almost an all-in-one app. Niki.ai has secured funds from SAP.iO and its existing investor, Unilazer Ventures. The startup plans to further upgrade its technology platform and expand its footprint in India and abroad by the end of this year (2018).

Chennai startups

  • Specsmakers Opticians:

Website: https://www.specsmakers.in/

Founder and CEO: Pratik Shah

About the startup: With more and more people working for IT companies and in front of computers for long hours these days, problems with eyesight has become a common problem. More and more people are necessitated to wear spectacles or contact lenses to address their deteriorating eyesight problem. In such a situation, one would normally expect optical wear companies to make profits. That is exactly what the Chennai-based optical wear startup, Specsmakers Opticians is doing. The startup sells spectacles, contact lenses and other optical products under its own brand name and presently has over one million customers. The startup has 110 retail outlets in Chennai alone apart from a few in Madurai and Bengaluru. Specsmakers Opticians was founded in 2011 by Pratik Shah. The startup recently received an investment amounting to US $10 million (Rs. 65 crores) from the VC firm, Eight Roads Ventures. The startup will use the funds to expand into more Indian cities and towns and improve its optical supply chain. This startup, no doubt, has a lot of scope for growth and is a promising startup.

  • SnackExpert:

Website: https://www.snackexperts.com/

Co founders: Arun Murgal, Arun Prakash and Mary Shamla

About the startup: SnackExpert was founded in 2014 by Arun Murgal, Arun Prakash and Mary Shamla. The main goal of this startup is to prepare and deliver tasty and nutritious snacks to customers’ doorsteps. People in Chennai especially and India in general, love a delicious and nutritious evening snack. That being the case, there can be no doubt that this startup has a lot of scope for growth. The startup had recently raised an undisclosed amount of Pre Series funding from angel investors like Dipti Ranjan Pattnaik, chairman of Altrade Group, Shobhit Anand Das, Rohit Anand Das and Navnit Krishna. The startup’s motto is: ‘Healthy Snacking Unleashed’. The startup plans to use the funds to improve its supply chain, improve the quality of its snacks and improve its footprint throughout India. This is no doubt a promising startup.

  • Karomi:

Website: http://www.karomi.com/

Founder: Vilva Natarajan

About the startup: Karomi is India’s leading solutions provider of Life Sciences, CPG and cosmetics for large enterprises. It also helps companies mitigate damage to productivity, profitability, brand reputation and patient safety. The startup had raised US $500,000 (Rs. 3.25 crores) in seed funding since its inception. The startup’s current investor is Ideaspring Capital. The startup currently operates only in Chennai and Bengaluru but plans to expand its footprint across India by the end of this year (2018).

  • NativeSpecial:

Website: https://nativespecial.com/

Founder and CEO: Baskaran Veluchamy

About the startup: NativeSpecial makes and sells traditional snacks & sweets (native to Tamil Nadu) through its website and mobile app. The startup currently operates in Chennai and Madurai. Given how the people of Tamil Nadu love their traditional snacks and sweets, this startup has a lot of scope for growth. The startup recently secured an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Native Angels Network (NAN) and Indian Angel Network (IAN). The startup will use the funds to upgrade its laboratory facilities and to expand its presence to new markets.

  • Zarget:

Website: www.zarget.com

Co founders:  Arvind, Naveen and Santhosh Kumar

About the startup: Zarget helps corporates become effective digital marketers or increase traffic to their websites. Zarget has developed a software that offers three main features namely: A/B testing, funnel analysis and heat mapping. A/B testing can be used to improve various SaaS website tools without any related security vulnerabilitiesFunnel analysis allows companies to see where visitors are dropping off from the website by configuring multiple pages together and Heat mapping tracks where exactly visitors click on the company’s website and then generates a report. These are features that corporates all over the globe will find useful and these are features which give the startup a lot of scope for growth. This is no doubt a promising startup.

  • Green Era Recyclers:

Website: http://thegreenera.in/

Co founders: Prasanth Omanakuttan and Syam Premachandran

About the startup: Garbage management or waste management is one such sector in India that is poorly managed and is also one such sector in India where there is a lot of scope for improvement. The cities, towns and villages in India do not have enough waste processing plants to properly treat waste of any kind (dry waste, wet waste, e-waste etc.). As a consequence, most of the household, corporate and industrial wastes get dumped in random locations causing soil pollution among other health hazards. Sometimes these wastes are dumped near villages and towns. The wet waste becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes of all kinds and they cause widespread epidemics (malaria, filaria, dengue, chikunguniya etc.) at times. Green Era Recyclers was founded in early 2017. The startup is based in Coimbatore but also has operations in Chennai. The startup recycles electronic waste (e-waste) and sometimes even makes useful products out of them, which are sold cheaply by the startup. Since its inception, the startup has recycled around 10 tonnes of electronic waste. The Government of Tamil Nadu was so impressed with the startup’s work that the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) gave permission to the startup to recycle 150 tonnes of e-waste annually! This is a very useful and promising startup which will save the lives of many people from diseases. It has a lot of scope for growth in India.

  • PipeCandy:

Website: https://pipecandy.com

Co founders: Ashwin Ramasamy and Murali Vivekanandan

About the startup: PipeCandy was founded in February 2016 by Ashwin Ramasamy and Murali Vivekanandan. It is a sales intelligence startup based in Chennai. PipeCandy’s software offers industry-specific sales prospecting services which help companies predict and improve their sales in advance. The clients of the startup are Freshdesk, Zarget, zenplanner, FarEye, Chargebee, and Codemind. This is a startup; you would want tie-ups with if you are in the sales line. It has very high scope for growth in India and abroad. The funds secured by the startup will be used to expand its presence in India and abroad.

  • CreditMantri:

Website: https://www.creditmantri.com/

Co founders: Gowri Mukharjee, Pandit Punja & R Sudarshan

About the startup: CreditMantri was founded in 2012 by Gowri Mukharjee, Pandit Punja and R Sudarshan. The software of the startup helps a user keep track of his/her credits. In other words, it monitors credit health and also enables users to earn credit points to redeem some concessions on credit paybacks. The startup also offer services like Verification, Marketplace listing and Credit Solutions. The startup has already secured investments from VC firms like IDG Ventures India and Accion. The startup plans to use the funds to expand its presence throughout India.

  • Wassup Laundry Solutions:

Website: http://www.wassupondemand.com/

Founder: Balachandran

About the startup: Wassup Laundry Solutions was founded in 2011 by Balachandran. It is a Chennai-based laundry and dry cleaning startup. Wassup employs state of the art machinery and skilled fabric experts who ensure hygiene and cleanliness to your clothes. Wassup has already raised investments from angel investors and plans to use the funds to expand its presence throughout India by the end of this year (2018). It is one such startup, office goers and home makers will find useful.

  • Shiksha Finance:

Website: http://www.shikshafinance.com/

Founder, MD and CEO: V.L. Ramakrishnan

About the startup: This startup is perhaps the need of the hour for India as school dropout rates are high in India, especially in rural India. Shiksha Finance is a Chennai – based school financing startup. It provides loans at low rate of interests to students who wish to pursue school/lower education. The startup has set aside Rs. 4.5 crores for this purpose. The startup currently operates in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana but plans to expand its footprint throughout India by the end of 2018.

Hyderabad startups

  • Oxa:

Website: http://oxahealth.com/

Founder: Shahshank Shrivastav

About the startup: Oxa was founded in December, 2016 by Bits Pilani Alumnus, Shahshank Shrivastav. Oxa provides medical support to tourists in India by means of medical tourism packages created by the startup. Oxa has built a connected healthcare ecosystem around the globe to increase access to high quality and affordable healthcare for the masses. Oxa’s medical tourism packages will no doubt enable foreigners to have a safe tour of India and will no doubt be a root cause for the growth of the startup in 2018 and beyond.

  • Imaginate:

Website: http://www.imaginate.in/

Founder: Hemanth Satyanarayan

About the startup: Imaginate was founded in 2011 by Hemanth Satyanarayan. The startup has operations both in Hyderabad and USA. Imaginate is an augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) based startup. The startup provides innovative visualization of a company’s products and services, which enhance customers’ experience of reality and thereby lures customers into buying the company’s products or services. Imaginate has also developed a 3D VR software called NuSpace, which allows employees of various companies to communicate with each other in an immersive 3D virtual reality. This startup is no doubt very useful for corporates and has a lot of scope for growth.

  • Foyr.com:

Website: https://foyr.com/

Founder: Shailesh Goswami

About the startup: Foyr.com is a Hyderabad-based interior decorations startup. The startup uses technical 3D software to design interior decorations for homes. The technical software used by the startup creates a 3D image of the customer’s home so that he/she can decide how to decorate their homes. The 3D image generated by the software is so good that it gives a Virtual Reality (VR) like feeling to customers. The startup has already raised  investments from the property consultancy firm, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and a clutch of angel investors. The startup plans to use the funds to expand its footprint throughout India and aid in real estate projects taking place all over India.

  • Rentickle:

Website: https://www.rentickle.com/

Co founders: Vineet Chawla and Amit Sodhi

About the startup: Rentickle was founded in 2015 by Vineet Chawla and Amit Sodhi. It is a Hyderabad-based furniture and home appliances rental startup, which also has operations in Delhi, Gurugram and Noida. The startup rents furniture and home appliances to customers on a demand/subscription basis. The startup witnesses thousands of bookings every day and has already securedinvestments from VC firms like, ThinKuvate and CX Partners. The startup plans to use the funds secured to expand its presence to other parts of India and improve its supply chain.

  • VDeliver:

Website: http://vdeliver.in/

Co founders: Srinivas Madhavam and A S K Chaitanya Reddy

About the startup: VDeliver is a Hyderabad based logistics startup. The ultimate goal of the logistics startup, according to Srinivas Madhavam, is to expand the startup’s presence throughout India by serving some of India’s largest e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, Myntra etcetera. The startup has already raised investments from angel investors and plans expansion throughout India by the end of 2018. The startup receives thousands of orders per day and has boosted its logistics capabilities by acquiring the Telangana-based hyperlocal delivery startup, TownyApp, recently. This is no doubt one of the most promising and popular logistics startups in Telangana.

  • Tinmen:

Website: http://www.tinmen.in/

Co founders: Chaitanya Degala and Manda.

About the startup: Tinmen is a Hyderabad-based food delivery startup. The startup is owned and run by Vicinia Retail Pvt. Ltd. This startup is specifically targeted at office goers. The startup does not have any kitchens where they prepare meals but has hired home chefs who go to the customers’ houses and prepare meals at the allotted time slot. Bookings can be done for a day, a week or a month. If one wishes to cancel his booking/s, it must be done one day in advance to the allotted time slot/day. The home chefs prepare Indian cuisines/meals of all sorts like North Indian, South Indian, Rajasthani, etcetera. Chaitanya Degala is an alumnus of Oxford Business School and had worked with top notch companies like CRISIL and Deloitte before starting up. Manda is an IIT-Kharagpur alumnus who had worked with top notch companies like Oracle and Amazon before starting up. This is no doubt a promising startup with a lot of scope for growth.

  • Celes Care:

Website: https://celes.care/

Co founders: Raghu Bhatina and Dr. Rajesh Vikramaditya Koppala

About the startup: Celes Care is a Hyderabad-based virtual healthcare startup for women. It was founded in December, 2015 by Raghu Bhatina and Dr. Rajesh Vikramaditya Koppala. Celes Care gives medical guidance to women via its own private web chat interface and telephonic calls. Celes Care currently employs around 20 doctors and helps women on subjects like fertility, pregnancy, thyroid, PCOS, weight control, menopause, etc. This is no doubt a useful and promising startup as very few clinics in India are able to help women on the above mentioned subjects.

  • Zaggle:

Website: https://www.zaggle.in/

Founder: Phani N. Raj

About the startup: Zaggle is a Hyderabad-based digital payments startup. It was founded in 2011 by Phani N. Raj. The startup not only enables its users to make payments online but also enables them to earn reward points so that users can redeem various gifts using the reward points. The startup also has developed software that helps corporates in business analytics and helps them maximize their profits. Zaggle currently has 1000 plus corporate clients, 1500 plus merchant relationships, over 6 lakhs gift cards in the market and over 2,50,000 downloads for the Zaggle App. Zaggle is headquartered in Hyderabad but also has offices in Mumbai and Bengaluru.

  • DoctorC:

Website: https://doctorc.in/

Co founders: Mansi Gandhi (Co-founder and COO), Neehar Cherabuddi (Co-founder and CEO) and Karan Kurani (Co-founder and CTO)

About the startup: DoctorC is rather a unique healthcare startup based in Hyderabad. The startup’s technology platforms (website and mobile app) enables its users to compare prices for various treatments in various hospitals and clinics so that they can book an appointment for the kind of treatment they want at a clinic or hospital that they think in cheap and best. This startup is ideally suited for the mentality of Indian patients and has a lot of scope for growth. The startup has also secured  investments from angel investors and is looking to expand its footprint throughout India. So far the startup’s services are available in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai.

Delhi  startups

  • 9Stacks:

Website: https://www.9stacks.com/

Co founders: Pratik Kumar, Rishab Mathur and Sudhir Kamath

About the startup: 9Stacks is a Delhi-based online gaming startup. The startup is owned and run by SparSkills Technologies Pvt. Ltd. The startup was founded in January, 2017 by Pratik Kumar, Rishab Mathur and Sudhir Kamath. The startup allows users to earn/gamble real money by playing its online Poker game. The game can be played either through the startup’s website or through its mobile app, available for free download in iOS, Android, MacOS and Windows operating systems/platforms. The startup has invested a lot of money into developing tips for its Poker game which will enable users to develop their Poker skills and connect with other Poker players online. The startup currently operates in Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon and Haryana regions. The startup has secured investments from a clutch of angel investors and will use the funds to expand its presence throughout India and venture into new domains by the end of 2018.

  • Mobycy:

Website: http://www.mobycy.com/

Founder: Akash Gupta

About the startup: Mobycy is a Delhi-based bicycle rental startup.

It is owned and run by Bycyshare Technologies Pvt. Ltd. The startup was founded during January 2017 by Mobikwik’s ex-vice president and marketing headAkash Gupta. Bicycles can be rented for hours, days or months using the startup’s website or mobile app. Mobycy’s bicycles are fitted with IoT enabled communication devices and GPS – based tracking sensors so that the startup can track the exact location of its bicycles as well as track for how much time they are being used to prevent misuse of its smart bicycles. Mobycy’s bicycles can be parked anywhere where it is legal to park vehicles in a city. They do not need to be parked within any specific docking stations. The rental fee is really low at just Rs. 10/- per hour. If one wishes to rent a Mobycy bicycle for an entire month, he/she just needs to pay Rs. 999/- as a security deposit in advance. If one needs a bicycle for two hours every day for a month, he/she just needs to pay Rs. 99/- as a security deposit in advance. Students can also sign up using their college photo ID card but need to pay Rs. 499/- as a security deposit in advance. The startup currently operates only in the Delhi – NCR region but plans to expand its presence to all major cities and towns in India by the end of 2018.

  • Ambee:

Website: http://getambee.co/

Co founders: Jaimon Jose (Co-founder and CEO), Rohit Kumar (Co-founder and COO) and Amit Sharma (Co-founder and CTO)

About the startup: Ambee is a Delhi-based technology startup. The startup was founded in 2017 by Jaimon Jose, Rohit Kumar and Amit Sharma. The startup has developed a portable device which can monitor the air’s quality and notify a person about how toxic the air is in a particular area. If the air in a particular area is too toxic to breathe, a person notified about it via Ambee’s portable device can either take a detour or wear pollution masks to avoid breathing in the toxic air. The startup hasn’t yet raised official funding for its product but it has managed to get some investments from a few high net worth individuals (HNIs), who are mostly family friends or relatives of the three co-founders. The startup plans to scale up throughout India by the end of 2018.

  • CoinTribe:

Website: https://www.cointribe.com/#/

Co founders: Amit Sachdev, Rohit Lohia and Manish Chaudhari

About the startup: CoinTribe is a Delhi-based fintech startup. It was founded in May 2015 by Amit Sachdev, Rohit Lohia and Manish Chaudhari who are all very experienced in the banking and finance industry. They have on an average about 20 years of experience in the banking and finance sector. CoinTribe gives loans to SMEs whose turnover is in the range of Rs. 1 crore to Rs. 50 crores. It gives small to medium ticket loans in the range of Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 30 lakhs to SMEs. This startup has completely digitized the loan borrowing and loan re – payment process by means of its website and mobile app. The documents required to apply for loans are scanned and sent via the website or mobile app. The startup uses Big Data analytics to estimate the creditworthiness of its borrowers. The startup currently operates in Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon regions. The startup has secured crores of rupees through banks and NBFCs and plans expansion throughout India by the end of 2018. It is definitely a promising and useful startup.

  • Mr.Needs:

Website: https://mrneeds.com/#/login

Co founders: Hitashi Garg, Ravi Wadhwa, Ravi Verma and Yogesh Garg.

About the startup: Mr. Needs is a Delhi-NCR based grocery delivery startup. The startup delivers items like milk, bread, eggs and other groceries to customers’ homes. Mr. Needs was founded in November 2016 by Hitashi Garg, Ravi Wadhwa, Ravi Verma and Yogesh Garg. Customers can place their orders either through the startup’s website or its mobile app. The startup currently operates only in the Delhi-NCR regions but plans expansion to regions like Dwarka, Indirapuram and Gurugram by the end of 2018.

  • Delhivery:

Website: https://www.delhivery.com/

Co founders: Sahil Barua, Mohit Tandon, Bhavesh Manglani, Suraj Saharan and Kapil Bharati

About the startup: Delhivery, as the name might suggest is a Delhi-based logistics startup. It was founded in 2014 by the above mentioned co-founders. It is one of India’s largest logistics startups. Delhivery has tie-ups with almost all the major e-commerce players in India like Amazon, Flipkart, Myntra, etcetera and serves them. It operates in almost all the major cities and towns in India. The startup has secured hundreds of millions of dollars through investments from VC firms like Fosun International and The Carlyle Group. The startup plans to use the funds to expand its operations even to the villages in India. This is one such startup that is poised to become an MNC by the end of 2018.

  • StalkBuyLove:

Website: https://www.stalkbuylove.com/

Co founders: Tushar Ahluwalia, Nishrit Srivastava, Aashna Chopra and Shikha Ahluwalia.

About the startup: StalkBuyLove was founded in 2013 by the above mentioned co-founders. The startup is an online fashion portal where people can buy the trendiest and most fashionable clothes. The startup currently operates in Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon regions. The startup has secured a few million dollars through investments from VC firms like Trifecta Capital and Kalaari Capital and plans expansion throughout India by the end of 2018. StalkBuyLove is owned and run by Ad Victoriam Ventures Pvt Ltd. The startup sees hundreds of orders on its website every day. It is no doubt one of the most promising fashion startups of 2018.

  • Innefu Labs:

Website: http://www.innefu.com/

Co founders: Tarun Wig and Abhishek Sharma

About the startup: Innefu Labs is a Delhi-based research-oriented information-security based startup. The startup provides information security to individuals as well as corporates via specialized products and services like Two Factor Authentication, Internet Interception & Monitoring System, Tactical Internet Monitoring System and Link Analysis. The startup has secured investment from VC firms like IndiaNivesh Venture Capital Fund and Sweat Equity Partners. The startup currently operates in Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon and Haryana regions but plans expansion throughout India by the end of 2018.

  • QorQl:

Website: http://qorql.com/

Founder: Sanjay Singh

About the startup: QorQl was founded in 2014 by Sanjay Singh. It is a Delhi-based healthcare startup. The startup uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data analysis to help doctors improve their productivity and quality of care to their patients. The startup has secured investments from angel investors and companies like PayTm. The startup currently operates in Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon regions but plans expansion throughout India by the end of 2018. This is definitely a useful and promising startup.

  • FastFox.com:

Website: https://fastfox.com/rent/Gurgaon

Co founders: Pallav Pandey and Anshul Gupta

About the startup: FastFox.com is a Delhi-based home rent brokerage startup. The startup was founded in 2014 by Pallav Pandey and Anshul Gupta. FastFox enables its users to check various houses for rent, schedule house visits and finalise with the landlords on its website or mobile app. It uses technology to ensure that 100% of the homes listed on FastFox.com are authentic and available for immediate visit and closure. The startup currently operates in Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon and Haryana regions. It has secured investments from VC firms like Lightspeed India Partners, Blume Ventures, CyberAgent Ventures and other angel investors. The startup plans to expand throughout India by the end of 2018 using the funds secured.

Thank you all for patiently reading through this lengthy article which took me a few days to prepare and write. I wish you all a great New Year (2018) ahead!

 

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