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BYJU

Name of Founder: Byju Raveendran

Industry: Online Learning

What it offers: BYJU is India’s emerging Education Technology (Learning) company, that is reinventing how students learn, through its learning app. Since its launch last year, the learning app has already seen phenomenal engagement, with over 3.5 million students on its platform. BYJU’s Learning App makes use of original content, watch-and-learn videos, rich animations and interactive simulations that, as opposed to rote memorization, make learning contextual and visual, not just theoretical. For more information visit:

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GoEvnts

Name of Founder: Murali krishna U

Industry: Event Management

What it offers: GoEvnts is a professional networking platform for Event managers, Event exhibitors and Attendees to interact with each other, guide which events to deal with and increase their ROI for the events. GoEvnts helps Event Manager to create an Event for free and share with social networking sites, they can publish event news online, and it helps them to reach their target audience effectively. GoEvnts is useful for Event Exhibitors and Event Attendees too, for more information visit:

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Tenet Technetronics

Name of Founder: Ram Tenet

Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing

What it offers: Tenet Technetronics is one of the leading electronic development tools distributor in India. The company is located in the silicon valley of India (Bangalore). The company mainly focuses on the mission to “Simplify Technology for Life”. Tenet Technetronics strongly believes and advocates the use of open source software/hardware in system design and has been a chosen distributor for majority of the popular open hardwares in India. Hardware hacking, smart embedded systems and web connected things are some of the areas of interest for the company.

Website: Tenet Technetronics

Email: info@tenettech.com


Equator Technologies

Name of Founder: Vijay Karthik

Industry: IT Services and Product Development

What it offers: Equator Technologies is an ISO 9001:2008 certified end to end IT services and product development company with a proven track record of delivering complex projects with strict timeline. We specialize in Web and Mobile application development. We use the latest and greatest technologies along with heavily tested and tried frameworks to rapidly develop quality enterprise applications. We offer a host of other related services such as Web Design, SEO, Staffing, Networking & Virtualization, Database Administration etc., to our clients around the globe. Our team of experienced architects have designed and developed solutions from highly scalable client server applications to highly complex distributed processing systems capable of handling big data. Customer service is what we live for and live by, we always go the extra mile to make sure that our solutions are on point, our rates are extremely competitive. Please visit our website to take a detailed look at the range of services we offer. For immediate software development needs, please contact our sales team using the Live Chat option in our website or use the phone number in our site to call us right away.

Website: Equator Technologies Twitter Facebook

Email: reachus@equatortek.com


dJAX Adserver

Name of Founder: Ram Kumar

Industry: Software Development

What it offers: dJAX Adserver Technology Solutions, a leading and successful provider of Ad Server solutions. They mainly focus on developing Ad Server Technology, which meets all possible requirements either for launching a new online advertising business or for running with an existing media business independently. Their Ad Server technology enables publishers, advertiser and Ad agencies to effectively run and report on their online advertisement delivery. Their primary Ad Server products are Mobile, Video, Enterprise, Premium Display Adserver, Native Advertising, Adserver for Agencies and Publishers.

Website: dJAX Adserver Twitter Facebook

Email: reach@djaxadserver.com


Nano Local technologies

Name of Founder: Satish Medapati

Industry: Mobile App

What it offers: bounty app rewards your everyday offline activities. You just live your life in terms of eating out, shopping , visiting places etc and every time you walk into our partner places, the app’s ‘intelligent assist’ feature automatically recognizes your location and alerts you to collect reward points. These reward points can be redeemed at our merchant partner’s online sites or offline outlets with no conditions (these are equivalent to cash). Interestingly, this technology works even without your GPS being on or when your 4G/3G is switched off too. They are building a platform for offline businesses to target, engage and manage their customers in real time. They help businesses convert digital traffic to foot traffic.

Website: bounty app (Nano Local technologies)


Credihealth

Name of Founders: Ravi Virmani, Gaurav Gaggar, Saurabh Uboweja

Industry: Healthcare

What it offers: Credihealth provide both domestic & international patients credible information on Indian healthcare providers. Their goal is to start ‘The Right Cost Movement’ in Indian healthcare. Credihealth provides customers with credible, reliable and detailed information about hospitals and large healthcare institutions.
Credihealth.com is the go-to-site for both individuals and corporates. In accordance to the urgency of the patient, a call is made from the Credihealth Customer Service confirming their appointment in addition to granting them a distinctive discount. The patient follows up with the doctor fixed by Credihealth and their valuable feedback adds to the credit of Credihealth, support the patient through the entire journey of their hospital experience.

Website- credihealth.com


Birds Eye System

Name of Founders: Ravi Khemani, Brijraj Vaghani

Revenues: Pre Revenue

Industry: Travel and Transportation

What it offers: The idea behind Birds Eye System’s flagship product, Traffline, is to provide real time traffic information on the roads. The information is provided across all medium like web, applications, SMS, email, social media and call center. The company has started off with providing real time road traffic information and will evolve to other types of information that users need on the road.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: As of now Traffline is live in three cities of Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore and in the next year take plans to expand to 10 cities. The company also plans to increase the type of information which it provides so that people on the road have varied and valid information.

Investors & Amount raised: The company raised Rs. 20 lakh from Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) as seed investment and Rs. 2 crore from Indian Angel Network (IAN). The company recently raised an undisclosed Series A investment from Matrix Partners.


Cucumbertown

Name of Founders: Cherian Thomas, Arun Prabhakar, Chris Luscher, Dan Hauk

Revenues: Pre Revenue

Industry Consumer Web & Mobile

What it offers: Cucumbertown is the network for cooks and chefs and a platform for cooks who want an online identity. Cucumbertown is to cooking what Tumblr is to blogging. The site looks to make the average Joe a superstar by giving him tools to publishing content and video. Imagine what blogging did to content publishing. Cucumbertown has the potential to do the same around food and cooking and leverage the potential of Internet commerce itself.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: In the year 2014 the company expects to growth in the US and European markets. Mobile and video (cooking videos) will also take center stage.

Investors & Amount raised: The site has seen huge investor interest and raised US$300K. Bay Area investors likes of 500Startups, Naval Ravikant – AngelList, Farmville co-creator Sizhao Zao Yang, Maneesh Arora of MightyText, Google Adsense, Richard Chen – ex-Google PM, Sonique Player co-creator Tabreez Verjee & Mokriya CEO Sunil Kanderi are its investors.


Druva

Name of Founders: Jaspreet Singh, Milind Borate, and Ramani Kothandaraman

Industry: Software (endpoint data protection)

What it offers: Druva inSync is an integrated suite of endpoint data protection and governance solutions specifically designed for mobile enterprise. The key aspect that Druva plays on is that any individual in an organization seemed to duplicate data, e mails, and documents across various users. The company figured out if that if they can use a technology at the source before backup really starts, to reduce duplicity it may have the ability to cut down data by huge percentage and this may be a sales killer and prove very disruptive.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: In the past year, Druva’s customer base has increased from 1,500 to 2,500 and the number of endpoints protected has grown from 1 million to 1.7 million. In addition, the number of Druva employees has increased from 154 to 200 since 2012. Druva is currently focused on expanding its channel presence and moving from a direct to indirect sales model.

Investors & Amount raised: Druva got its first round in funding from Indian Angel Network (IAN). The company has raised over US $42M to date from investors like Sequoia Capital, Nexus Venture Partners and Tenaya Capital.

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Exotel

Name of Founders: Shivakumar Ganesan, Ishwar Sridharan, Siddharth Ramesh, Vijay Sharma

Revenues: Over Rs. 4.2 crore pa

Industry Telecom/IT

What it offers: Exotel provides businesses a smart virtual phone number to manage their calls & SMS, with smart applications such as IVR, Missed Call, Call Recording and more.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: Exotel was a 50 customer company in April 2012 but clocks around 475 customers today. The company is looking to hit 3000 customers over the next coming one and half years.

Investors & Amount raised: The company has raised Rs. 2.5 Crore from Mumbai Angels and Blume Ventures in April 2012.


Gram Vaani Community Media

Name of Founders: Aaditeshwar Seth, Mayank Shivam

Industry: Technology for development

What it offers: Gram Vaani is building the world’s first voice-based social media platform for the bottom of the pyramid. A comprehensive information sharing platform, it enables rural and low-income populations to share voice content with each other over a simple phone call, and addresses their needs. From agriculture, to health information, from bringing accountability in local governance, to conducting e-commerce, to information on employment the platform is expected to address all issue.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: Started in 2009, the organization is currently working with over 70 organizations in India that use its voice-based network to engage with almost a million households across 20 states in India. The company plans to establish a network of five million bottom of pyramid users by the end of 2014.

Investors & Amount raised: Indian Angel Networks (India) and Digital News Ventures (USA) has invested US$ 500000 in Gram Vaani.


iYogi

Name of Founders: Vishal Dhar, Uday Challu

Revenues: Over US$100 million

Industry: Tech Support

What it offers: iYogi is a global provider of software and tech support services for consumers and businesses in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, GCC states and in March 2013, launched the services for the Indian consumer and SMB markets. iYogi’s services cover a wide range of technology products including smart phones, tablets, laptops, traditional desktops, personal music players, printers, scanners, and smart TVs among others.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: iYogi is currently a US$100 million in terms of revenue in just six years. Over this period, iYogi have acquired over 2.5 million customers across 10 countries, have resolved over 13.5 million incidents, and received over 20,000 service requests daily.

Investors & Amount raised: iYogi had four rounds of funding and have raised around US$72 Million from investors such as Sequoia Capital India, Canaan Partners, SVB India Capital Partners, SAP Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson.


Mettl Inc

Name of Founders: Tonmoy Shingal and Ketan Kapoor

Industry: Education Management and Training

What it offers: Mettl’s flagship product helps is an online assessment solution for testing technical, aptitude and psychometric skills of potential candidates. The solution helps companies measure, analyze and improve people skills.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: Mettl has grown 10x from last year and expects similar numbers this fiscal. The company plans to gain an international footprint and has already started penetrating in the US and Gulf countries. To concentrate on high areas of growth Mettl has chosen to focus on verticals like IT, Education and Training, BPO and KPO and conducting pilots for BFSI and retail sector.

Investors & Amount raised: The company raised an angle round of about US$ 350,000 from Blume Ventures in 2010 and Kalaari Capital invested about US $4 million in July 2012 as Series A funding.


Nanobi Data and Analytics

Name of Founders: Mahesh Ramakrishnan, CV Vinod, Sumant Sarkar, Abhishek Purohit, Dr. Jayaprakash

Revenues: Around Rs. 2.5 crore (FY 13-14)

Industry: Analytics

What it offers: Nanobi is a cloud based analytics platform company based in Bangalore. The company provides affordable and usable business insights in a simple, agile, pervasive manner. At the heart of its offerings is the cloud based analytic platform and content rich analytic apps for SME’s developed by the company and its partners, available for subscription on the analytic app store theanalyticstree.com.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: The company is currently focused on SMEs in India market but in the coming financial year it will start entering select markets across the globe.

Investors & Amount raised: The company has been self funded, along with friends and family and the amount raised is to the tune of around Rs. 3 crore.


Sapience Analytics

Name of Founders: Shirish Deodhar (CEO), Madhukar Bhatia, Swati Deodhar, Hemant Joshi

Revenues: Over Rs. 14 crore (FY14 projection)

Industry: Software

What it offers: Sapience is an innovative, patent pending software product that delivers a 20 plus percent gain in organization productivity, without requiring any change in existing process. It achieves this through automated visibility into employee effort, irrespective of whether it was in office or at home, while on the computer or in meetings, business calls and travel. Individual effort is aggregated as per the organization hierarchy, thereby providing the ‘big picture’ about work patterns at every level of the business.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: In 2.5 years of sales, Sapience has scaled to 60 plus installations and over 60,000 users. The company now wants to reach 500,000 users in India in next 2-3 years and spread to develop markets like the US, Europe and East Asia.

Investors & Amount raised: The company has raised Rs. 6.2 crore from Indian Angel Network and Seed Enterprises. While Sapience is already net cash flow positive since inception, it is seeking more funds for global expansion.


Stayzilla.com

Name of Founders: Rupal Surana, Sachit Singhi, Yogendra Vasupal

Revenues: Over Rs. 5 crore

Industry Online Travel / Hotel Aggregator

What it offers: A selection of value and budget hotels across tier 1,2 &3 cities of India, whether it be in Kargil or Kanyakumari to Tawang to Tarapith. The company currently has tie ups with 10000+ hotels across 800 towns in India. Stayzilla also offers users the ability to book guest houses, lodges and serviced apartments.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: Although on a lower base, the company is growing at a fast pace of 400 percent per annum. The startup feels the market is big enough to support this rate of growth for the next five years.

Investors & Amount raised: The company has raised an angel round from IAN US$ 0.5million and an undisclosed amount in Series A from Matrix Partners.


Vuclip

Name of Founders: Nickhil Jakatdar

Industry: Media, Mobile Entertainment & Technology

What it offers: Founded in 2008, Vuclip is the world’s largest independent mobile video and media company.  Vuclip’s mission is to deliver rich mobile media content that consumers love on any device and on any network.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: Vuclip now has over 110 million unique users globally out of which 20 million are in India. Vuclip is also expanding rapidly in other emerging markets like Middle East and South East Asia.

Investors & Amount raised: SingTel Innov8, NEA and Jafco Ventures with a total funding of US$35 million.


Zomato

Name of Founders: Deepinder Goyal, Pankaj Chaddah

Revenues: Rs 12.3 crore (FY 12-13).

Industry Consumer Services

What it offers: Zomato is a restaurant search service providing in-depth information for over 201,700 restaurants in 40 cities across 11 countries. Zomato’s core content features include menus, photos and geocoded coordinates for restaurants. Other community features include reviews, ratings and the ability to follow other users’ recommendations on Zomato. Apart from the website and apps, Zomato is also available in print in select cities in India and UAE, with versions for other cities on the way.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: Zomato is looking to expand to 22 new countries over the next two years. The company will further expand its presence in Europe, the Americas and Asia over the next couple of years.

Investors & Amount raised: Zomato recently received a combined US$37 million from Sequoia Capital and Info Edge. This has taken Zomato’s total funding to over US$53 million (Rs 324 crore).


Zoom

Name of Founders: Greg Moran (CEO) and David Back (President)

Revenues: Under Rs 1 crore per month

Industry: Car rental

What it offers: Zoom offers self-drive car hire by the hour or by the day.  It has vehicles scattered across Bangalore, with hyper-local operations and marketing.  Zoom’s members reserve the cars online or on their mobile app.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: Zoom launched in February 2013 with 7 vehicles and currently has 50 vehicles on the road.  Zoom is expected to cross the 100 vehicle mark in February 2014 and continue to grow extremely quickly after that point.

Investors & Amount raised: Zoom has raised a US$1.6 million seed round, led by Empire Angels and FundersClub.  Other personal investors include Larry Summers, Lady Barbara Judge, professors from Wharton, Harvard Law School, and the Judge School of Business at Cambridge University.


Team Indus

Name of Founders: Rahul Narayan, Dilip Chabria, Julius Amrit

Industry: Aerospace

What it offers/doing: While not your typical startup, Team Indus makes the list because of its audacious plans. Team Indus is India’s only entry for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, the global competition to land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon. The team features a former Air Force pilot, a management guru, a branding expert, a serial entrepreneur and an aerospace engineer. Team Indus is building capabilities to provide cost effective, rapid turnaround, full spectrum services for Aerospace applications to global customers. Team Indus is creating technologies to enable a soft landing on the Moon by 2016 and also competing for the Imaging Prize.

How it’s doing it/progress made: Team Indus has completed the design, prototyping of flight hardware for its Moon mission, protoflight model to be completed in 2015 in preparation for a launch early 2016.

Investors & Amount raised: Ongoing Pre-SeriesA fundraising


Instamojo

Name of Founders: Sampad Swain, Akash Gehani, Harshad Sharma

Headcount – 20

Industry – Ecommerce & Payments

What it offers: Instamojo democratizes payments for individuals, micro-merchants, infopreneurs, freelancers and SMBs with its innovative link-based payments platform where anyone can collect online payments by simply sharing a payment-link through SMS, email, social channels or through simply embedding on websites or blogs.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: Instamojo has grown 22x from last year and expects similar growth next year too. Right now, the company is focused into helping broader consumer market to adopt Instamojo and help create a true cashless economy. Going forward, the company has plans to expand into select markets across the globe.

Investors & Amount raised: Recently the company raised its Series A capital from Kalaari Capital. Previously, it had raised $500,000 from Blume Ventures, US-based 500Startups, Rajan Anandan, Sunil Kalra, Shailesh Rao and other prominent global angel investors. It was also part of 500Startups’ fall-2012 Silicon Valley accelerator program.

Fun Facts: Instamojo was started as a side project but now it has taken a life of its own.


Proof of Performance

Name of Founders: Harjaap Singh Mann, Arvinder Mann

Headcount: 15

Industry: Outdoor Advertising

What it offers: PoP is an out of home advertising analytics firm, with an aim to make outdoor advertizing measurable, accountable and transparent. With the help of scientific data, it provides insights to decision makers based on video analytics from the archives of the real world videos. Its services include outdoor media planning, compliance audits and competitive intelligence. At present, the startup’s focus lies primarily on its in-house technology driven auditing service for outdoor media that enables the user to track their asset consumption across 1000+ towns in India. This helps prevent revenue leakage. The firm also helps plan outdoor media campaigns scientifically. Vehicle mounted infrastructure is used to capture high definition videos of 30+ cities in India. Over 50,000+ media sites, 750+ hours of video & 11,000 kilometers are covered in every cycle.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: The startup is now ready to take the big step and expand globally. It has projects coming in from the US and other BRICS nations.

Investors & Amount raised: The startup has raised funds from IIM Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), and YourNest with total funding at $ 1 million.


ShieldSquare

Name of Founders: Pavan Thatha, Rakesh Thatha, Vasanth Kumar G

Headcount: 15

Industry: Security

What it offers: ShieldSquare offers content protection solution for Online businesses to protect their website content from competitors and fraudsters. ShieldSquare ensures nobody can steal a website’s content by using automatic programs like bots etc. By protecting the content, websites gain competitive advantage as well as increase their site traffic and revenues.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: ShieldSquare is already being used by major Internet portals in India like Shaadi.com, Indiaproperty.com. Shieldsquare is planning to expand their reach to other geographies by launching their online subscription platform in early 2015. By signing up with ShieldSquare Scraping Prevention service online, any portal can protect their content in less than an hour.

Investors & Amount raised: Shieldsquare raised Rs. 2 crore in 2014 from a group of angel investors including Founders of Redbus, Bharatmatrimony, Shaadi, Freshdesk, Fusioncharts.


Grey Orange

Name of Founders: Samay Kohli, Akash Gupta, Wolfgang Hoeltgen

Headcount: 85+

Industry: Warehouse Automation

What it offers: With worker robots and automation solutions, Grey Orange enables warehouses to make faster deliveries in an easy, efficient and flawless way. Grey Orange is a fast-growing hardware start up that is disrupting a deeply unorganized industry – Warehousing. It is building an army of thousands of robots (called Butlers and Sorters) to take over the warehouses and distribution centers.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: Grey Orange is scaling up aggressively with its team growing by 10 people every month. Its business expansion plan is to grow beyond the top e-commerce and courier logistics companies in India and abroad. Grey Orange’s R&D heavily invested in developing new technologies and patenting the relevant ones.

Investors & Amount raised: The startup has seen investment from Tiger Global and Blume Ventures

Fun Facts: The startup’s office in Gurgaon has meeting rooms named after ‘Real Steel’ movie’s robots such as Atom, Zeus, Noisyboy, Ambush, etc.


Qlicket

Name of Founders: Vivek Kumar, Deependra Tewari

Revenues: Earned Rs. 10 lakh LTD from previous ad-supported model in about 3 years time. Pivoted and started new SaaS model about 3 months back and has already clocked Rs. 10 lakh annual run rate on this SaaS model.

Headcount: 11 (6 full-time & 5 interns)

Industry: Internet

What it offers: The easiest way to setup, deploy, and manage WiFi networks. Qlicket is a company that looks to provide free WiFi at different establishments. The startup is a wireless service provider that handles every aspect of enterprise WiFi deployments. This encompasses networking, TRAI compliance, and a cloud-based portal for administrators to manage the entire WiFi experience. It also provides a host of monetization and cost saving solutions at an affordable price point with best in class product and customer support.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: Currently expanding to Mumbai after which it plans to expand to Bangalore in early 2015. It is aiming to double the team size within the new few months and do an institutional round in 2015.

Investors & Amount raised: The Company has raised $350,000 from 24 angels, including some who work at or sit on the Board at Google and One97.


CarIQ

Name of Founders: Sagar Apte, Deepak Thomas, Vinu Kanakasabhapathy, Rajendrakumar Rajguru

Revenues: Pre-revenue company

Headcount: 24

Industry: Connected Cars / Telematics

What it offers: CarIQ is a connected car platform that connects your car to the cloud allowing services providers push relevant information. CarIQ is a connected car platform connecting cars to their owners, service providers and the infrastructure around them. Based on a patent pending technology, CarIQ is able to collect, collate, analyze, and present the complex engineering data from a car into a useful and simple format for the end consumers.

Car owners now understand how their cars are performing, how they can save fuel and avoid pollution by proper maintenance of their cars. Service workshops can provide a higher level of service by connecting to the car remotely and providing timely help to the owner.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: The startups is focused on the Indian market and eyeing the 1.5 crore modern car market.

Investors & Amount raised: CarIQ has raised seed capital from Pose Ventures and Snow Leopard.


CultureAlley

Industry – Education

What it offers: CultureAlley runs an educational app named English-App that helps people learn English (and other languages) in an interactive and contextual manner. It clubs interactive, mobile friendly lessons and games, with engaging practice that leverages the power of daily news, Facebook, and chats to teach English. It is like learning English while browsing Facebook or Economic Times, or anything on the web.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: CultureAlley’s English-App (English for Hindi speakers) is one of the most popular educational App on the Indian Android Play Store. It hit over 200,000 installs in just 1.5 months with over 9 million minutes of content being consumed by these learners. Globally, CultureAlley has over 450,000 registered learners across 200 countries.

Expansion: CultureAlley aims to continue to grow rapidly in India and penetrate deeper into this market, and then scale its English offering to other Asian markets like China, SE Asia, etc.

Investors & Amount raised: The startup has raised $ 0.5 Million from 500 Startups, Rajan Anandan, Sasha Mirchandani (Kae Capital), Sunil Kalra, Bhupen Shah (Founder, SlingBox), Prem Jain (Advisor to Cisco CEO), and other angels from India, US, and Japan.

Fun Facts: The idea behind CultureAlley came to Nishant Patni when he was struggling to learn Mandarin to survive as a vegetarian in China.


Wooplr

Name of Founders: Arjun Abraham Zacharia, Soumen Sarkar, Praveen Rajaretnam and Ankit Sabharwal

Industry: Mobile Commerce

What it offers: Wooplr provides a personalized mobile shopping experience for the youth. Just by a few clicks on a phone, it enables the people to discover and shop Fashion and Lifestyle products from stores based on their interest, need, location and social circles.

Wooplr brings local commerce (lifestyle, Fashion, Decor and collectibles) to a customer’s mobile phone. This means a buyer now has access to thousands of businesses based on his location, interest, occasion, need and personalization.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: Wooplr launched its Android public beta App in Dec 2013 in Bangalore. Today, it has thousands of shoppers using the app on the go in the cities of Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad, all through the word of mouth viral growth without any feet on the ground. It has over 14,000 plus businesses available for a user to browse and buy.

Investors & Amount raised: The startup is backed by a number of Angel investors including Rahul Khanna, Sunil Kalra, Jaspreet Bindra , Vivek Pandit and a bunch of seed investors like Rajul Mittal and Deb Dutt , to name a few. It is also in advance talks with top VCs to raise the institutional round.

Fun Facts: About 90 percent of active users of Wooplr are women.


Gecko Tag

Name of Founders: Bahubali Shete, Kirankumar Rajarao, Rajeevkumar, Varadarajan S

Revenues: Less than $ 1 million

Industry: Internet of Things

What it offers: Ever since it raised funds through a corwdfunding site, Gecko has been in the news for the cool stuff it can do. Gecko connects to your Smartphone via Bluetooth and helps you connect and control many things in your life. Gecko turns on music on your phone, switches tracks and controls volume with just a flick of your hand. Put it on your front door and it will alert you when it opens and shuts. Attach it to you luggage and it will sound an alarm when moved. Tag a pillbox and it will alert you if it is not opened at the specified time. Put it on the leash of your dog and Gecko will set off an alarm when your pet moves away more than the distance you have set.

Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak was among the many contributors to the Gecko crowdfunding campaign, personally endorsing it on his Twitter feed. Connovate Technology is an internet of things products and platform as a solution (PaaS), with Gecko Tag being the first product. Hubble Connected Ltd acquired a majority stake in the company in October this year.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: The Company is now working on B2B solutions with large OEMs to provide M2M and Home monitoring solutions. The company plans to generate major revenues to the tune of $ 3-5 million in 2015


IndiaCollegeSearch.com

Name of Founders: Anirudh Motwani, Parul Bansal

Revenues: Rs 50 lakh

Industry: Education

What it offers: IndiaCollegeSearch with its intelligent search algorithm shows students the most relevant results based on over 10 factors relating to quality and popularity. Results can then be filtered by preference of location, fees, admission criteria and branches offered. Students can compare colleges and apply instantly on the basis of the admission criteria specified by the institutes.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: IndiaCollegeSearch has a target of $1mn in net revenue for FY15-16 and plans to break even at revenues of $5mn in FY 16-17.

Investors & Amount raised: The company raised Rs 20 million in funding from IAN led by Shaadi.com CEO in 2013-14.


SensiBol Audio

Name of Founders: Sujeet Kini and Nagesh Nayak, Vishweshwara Rao, Sachin Pant, Preeti Rao

Revenues: Rs 1 crore (FY 2014-15)

Industry:Entertainment, Education, Technology

What it offers: SensiBol’s technology tells a person how good or bad a singer is helps them improve their singing. Its singing rating evaluates singing quality by comparing it with the original singer’s voice on dimensions like pitch, modulation, lyric pronunciation and octave change among others. It also gives users real-time visual feedback. It also has technology for lead melody suppression systems that creates karaoke like music tracks for singers to sing along with.

Growth Details & Expansion Plans: Increase revenues 5x in coming year and replicate existing successes. Develop new use cases of technologies. The startup also plans to explore overseas opportunities (US, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, South-east Asia).

Investors & Amount raised: Rs. 1.25 crore from Indian Angel Network (lead investor – Rajan Anandan) in Jan 2013.