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Here's 16 Indian Startups Selected For Google Launchpad Program

Search giant Google is flagging off the second edition of its popular mentoring programme —  Google Launchpad Week starting from Monday this week.

Google has identified 16 Indian startups for the five-day mentoring programme, focused on areas like product strategy, user experience (UX) and user interface (UI), technology, marketing, business development and presentation skills. The idea is to achieve rapid progress in a short time through great talks, focused efforts and 1:1 mentoring sessions with top Google internal and external mentors.

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This is the second Launchpad Week to be helding up in Bengaluru this year as part of its annual four-part series. Launchpad’s weeklong events are held on a regular basis in locations including Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Singapore and London. Last August, Launchpad Week debuted in Bengaluru, inducting 20 local startups to the programme.

This time, the mentoring programme is opened to startups outside Bengaluru — three each from Mumbai, National Capital Region (NCR) and one from Hyderabad — to support entrepreneurial diversity.

Here are 16 Indian startups chosen for Google Launchpad program:

  1. Flynx
    Location – New Delhi
    Key People – Arunangshu Bhakta, Co-founder

    Flynx helps you open articles and links from all your favorite apps like Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, etc. in a revolutionary new way. Basically, Flynx quickly loads articles and links in background from all your favorite apps and also allows you to save articles offline to read them later.

  2. Furlenco
    Location – Bangalore
    Key People – Ashwin Venkatraman, VP – Product &

    Furlenco is India’s first furniture as a service company based in Bangalore offering home furniture experiences as a monthly subscription service. The startup designs themed furniture experiences for a complete home / room experience and offer them to customers for a flexible monthly fee. In addition, the startup promise deliveries within 72 hours, offer flexibility to swap furniture every year to give your home a fresh new look.

  3. GrocShop
    Location – Mumbai
    Key People – Ayush garg, CEO | Rahul kumar, CTO

    GrocShop is a hybrid retail platform that is completely focused on ensuring that one can shop for their daily essentials & grocery brands from the comfort of homes or offices and have orders delivered in a matter of hours, not days! The ease of grocery shopping (GrocShop) comes with the ability to get ones desired products at competitive costs.Shopping for essentials on GrocShop makes more engaging, entertaining, effortless, fun and stress-free.

  4. NewsBytes
    Location – Gurgaon
    Key People – Sumedh Chaudhry- Co-Founder

    Started by IIT, IIM and Ivy League alumni, NewsBytes aims to reduce the information overload in your everyday news consumption. Our intelligent back-end engine and highly talented editorial team work in tandem to provide concise and contextual news along with logic-driven sentiments.No lengthy articles, only contextual timelines; one byte at a time.

  5. ObiNo
    Location – Mumbai
    Key People – Ritu Soni Srivastava, Founder

    ObiNo is a virtual Weight Loss Coach on your Mobile. Currently available as a freemium android app, ObiNo is e-coaching 2,600+ Users & unlike the usual calorie-counting apps, behaves like a real-life Coach providing personalised AI-based Recommendations & Reminders.

  6. ParkingRhino
    Location – Bangalore
    Key People – Tridib Konwar, CEO/Co-Founder | Mriganka Deka, CTO/Co-Founder
    ParkingRhino, a geo navigation map based search for parking space in India. An online marketplace where people can search, book and rent parking space.
  7. Quinto
    Location – Pune
    Key People – Sahil Khan, Cofounder

    Quinto is a personalised food recommendation engine that uses a person’s individual taste profile to help in quicker eating out decisions and explore new food & restaurants.

  8. SeekSherpa
    Location – New Delhi
    Key People – Dhruv Gupta, Co-founder

    SeekSherpa is a platform where travellers and locals connect over local tours and insights. Cool locals (Sherpas) can setup micro tours in a city that travellers and curious residents can purchase tickets to in order to see the sights and sounds of a city from the eyes of a local.

  9. SnapShopr
    Location – Bangalore
    Key People – Navneet Sharma,Co-Founder & CEO

    SnapShopr is a deep learning startup founded by a team with proven experience in artificial intelligence, data science and robotics.It’s current focus is to simplify fashion search on mobile with its visual search technology.

  10. Talkative Parents
    Location – Bangalore
    Key People – Mr. Mahesh Vorkady, Founder/CEO
    Talkative Parents is a revolutionary communication application dedicated solely to the parents of school going kids. It is packed with features that encourages interaction between parents and provides them with a large array of connected beneficial services.
  11. Townista
    Location – Bangalore
    Key People – Paras Jain, Cofounder | Snehal Nimje, cofounder

    Townista help users to discover and book interesting events and places in the city based on their social circle, location, interests and time of day.

  12. UrbanPiper
    Location – Bangalore
    Key People – Saurabh Gupta , Co-Founder/CEO | Anirban Majumdar, Co-Founder/CTO
    UrbanPiper assist retail merchants deliver a modern customer experience, through a convergence of transactional and loyalty interactions, using smartphones and other channels
  13. Vidgyor
    Location – Bangalore
    Key People – Mahaboob Khan Pathan,CEO

    Broadcasters are unable to monetize live TV streams delivered over internet effectively as these live streams contain the same TV advts. Aired on broadcast TV and advertiser has not paid for showing them online. More users are watching and engaging with the live TV streams, especially on their smart phones, tablets through mobile apps. However, Advertisers are not able to reach these premium audience.

    Vidgyor enables broadcasters to monetize live TV streams by automatically replacing TV advts. with different set of targeted video ads from Adserver. These video ads can be targeted per user basis and can deliver completely personalized ad viewing experience.

  14. Wegilant
    Location – Mumbai
    Key People – Toshendra Sharma, CEO
    Wegilant’s flagship mobile app ‘Appvigil’ is an Integrable Mobile Device Protection Suite which help enterprises produce or use secure android applications. Appvigil is based on Patent pending technology to asses mobile application in fully automated way.
  15. Yogurt Labs, Inc
    Location – Bangalore
    Key People – Shardul Mohite, Co-Founder-CEO/Product, Paramvir Singh, Co-Founder-Chief Creative Director, Vivek Parihar, Co-founder-CTO, Nishant Shrivastava, Co-Founder-Head of Ops
    Yogurt Labs is building an mobile platform that anyone can use to easily create, very high quality, storytelling style videos from a smartphone. The challenge is how do you help users create videos that other people want to watch.
    Yogurt Labs platform take all the hard parts out of creating a video, and guides users through the process called “Storyboarding” whose outcome is great short video.
  16. ZIFY
    Location – Hyderabad
    Key People – Anurag Rathor, Founder-CEO

    Zify is a mobile & web application that makes people’s daily commute to office simple & fun! By socially connecting carowners and passengers to facilitate dynamic ride-sharing, we provide an alternate mode of daily commute option which is affordable & comfortable. Its the smartest way to carpool to work.

    Related – Interview With Anurag Rathor, Founder Of Zify

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