The year 2018 might not have been as bullish as 2015 seemed to be. However, it demonstrated that the Indian start-up ecosystem community was developing. 2018 was an important year for startups. The study says, last year, Indian startups raised around $12.7 billion.
As per the latest census report, there are approximately 22 major languages in India with 13 different scripts. India is described as a culturally and linguistically diverse country. These vast numbers show the potential for startups in different regions. Along with this, low-cost smart phones, affordable data plans and government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative, startups leveraging on digital platforms have humongous potential.
Let’s have a quick rundown of the best startups in India:
In Digital India, when everybody is making their digital presence through the web, connecting with their potential customers is the key to success. Vernacular.ai startup is helping businesses to engage and communicate with their users in a personal way. It gives multi-lingual chatbots to interact with users in their local language. It is AI – artificial intelligence enabled startup. Vernacular.Ai was founded by Sourabh Gupta, Akshay Deshraja and Manoj Sarada in Bangalore.
It is one of the leading news aggregator available in 17 languages and having its presence in five countries. Chandrashekhar Sohoni and Umesh Kulkarni are the founders of the DailyHunt. It is headquartered in Bangalore with more than 800 daily publication partners. It also provides you with a platform for advertising your business. It currently offers more than 1,00,000 news articles in different local languages.
Sampad, Akash, and Aditya developed this reliable platform for online business growth. Their main intention was to support small and medium level businesses and provide a wide range of products and services like easy one link payments, free online store, credit and financing, logistics and many more across the different digital platforms such as mobile or web. Instamojo started with a simple URL link based payment mode for online payments. Today, more than 6,00,000 Indian businesses are using Instamojo to grow their businesses.
Mrinal Pai and Mughalian Thiru Ramasamy are founders of this Skylark Drones, whose vision is to provide solutions to different areas by performing aerial survey for mapping, monitoring & inspecting. They provide drone solutions to roads & highways, railways, cities &villages, power line and telecom, pipelines, solar industries and mining and agriculture.
This startup needs no introduction. Headquartered in Bangalore, Ola cab is an Indian origin online transportation company. Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati are the founders of this startup. Currently, Ola is operating in India, Australia, New Zealand and UK (more than 169 cities). Ola offers a range of services from economic to luxury travel. Ola can be booked through a mobile app and website. Ola also provides with auto services in cities like Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, and Kolkatta.
It is the number one beauty destination and a wellness and beauty brand in India. There are more than 650+ brands and 60000 SKU with a comprehensive selection of skincare, hair care, and bath and body products for men and women.
It is the leading travel website for destination tour planning in India. On ixigo, you can compare the best deals in the hotels, trains, flights and travel packages. It also provides the Trip Planner to find custom travel plans. ixigo can also give the option of real-time seat availability of Indian Railway Trains. With this, you can make use of the PNR app checking status, waiting list, etc. Also, a user can search for travel packages for trip arrangements.
It is India’s most significant free learning platform. India has brilliant minds and believes more in the traditional learning platform. Unacademy provides more than 2400 online lessons and specialized courses on different educational programs. With top educators including Kiran Bedi, are on the board.
Another startup which has become a part of our daily lives is Swiggy. Swiggy is a food delivery startup that delivers food from the best restaurants to customers within 45 minutes. Harsha and Nandan are founders of this company that delivers food from the best restaurants to your doorstep.
Above are the few of the many Indian startups that are growing at a rapid rate, who are also an inspiration for the youth of the country to become a job creator rather than job seeker.