Gurgaon is one of the important startup hub in India which has nurtured many successful startups which now has become big brands such as MakeMyTrip, Zomato, Quickr, ixigo etc. However from couple of years Gurgaon hasn’t seen a big startup coming out but this year, in 2014, the millennium city has seen bunch of promising startups that have been noticed by whole startup ecosystem in India.
We have shortlisted 10 of most promising startups from Gurgaon which made real good impact and are unique, interesting and have already created a waive of interest in masses.
Roposo.com is India’s first fashion-focused social-network only for women to discover and shop new fashion products from across 5000 online brands and 150 e-commerce portals. These products are curated and recommended to each user as per her individual taste. Because Roposo is social, users can observe and follow trends that are created real-time by other users.
Roposo.com, now has over 2 lakh products across 5,000 brands from more than 150 vendors. All of these products are curated and recommended to each user as per individual taste.
Founded by three IITians – Mayank Bhangadia, Avinash Saxena and Kaushal Shubhank. Roposo has recently raised bridge funding successfully through existing investors bringing the size of the total investment close to $1 million. The initial funding was raised from India Quotient, 5 ideas start up Fuel and co-founder of Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal as an angel investor.
LoudCell is an IoT-based energy management solutions startup based out of Gurgaon and its offerings are based on IoT (Internet of Things) and cloud technologies. One of its product ‘LoudCell iFMS’ is an Intelligent and highly integrated fuel tracking and management platform for power generators. The products help you monitor and record your diesel and energy usage in real-time. You get complete insight into the energy flow right from purchase all the way to final consumption, bringing wastage, inefficiencies, leakage and pilferage into focus, helping improve efficiency, and reduce wastage and pilferage.
The startup was founded by Ramesh Gupta and Ashish Srivastava. Ramesh is an alumnus of IIS in Bangalore, Gupta earlier founded Guptacom Technologies whereas Ashish is an alumnus of University of Illinois at Chicago, and previously worked in companies, including VIOM Networks and Aviat Networks.
This Gurgaon-based IoT startup has been backed by Asia’s largest angel investment body – Indian Angel Network (IAN).
Grofers is a hyper-local delivery service that connects consumers with their local merchants. Users can use Grofers’s app to buy anything from groceries, cakes, flowers to personal care products and get it delivered within 90 minutes to their doorstep. Grofers manages its instant delivery network with a fleet of over 150 delivery boys and an in-house dynamic delivery assignment and tracking application.
The service has build a network of over 150 merchants across different categories and has processed over 150,000 deliveries so far. Grofers gives its users an option to buy from their favorite stores around them that are listed in the application. The list of merchants also include big retailers like Le Marche, Needs, Binge and Sucre.
Currently operational in Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Bangalore, Grofers recently raised its seed round funding from Sequoia Capital.
TargetingMantra provides a personalization platform along with analytical tools, that can help e-commerce, media firms and other online business to increase its ROI by delivering a more relevant experience to its customers. TargetingMantra learns user models for predicting preferences of customers and use real-time data that comprises how customers are interacting on the website, their past data, their personal preferences.
TargetingMantra’s personlization platform is currently providing more than 15 solutions for personalization such as – ‘Similar items’, ‘People who bought also bought’, ‘Frequently bought together’, ‘New Arrivals’, ‘Best Sellers’, ‘Recommendations for customers based on their interest’, ‘Recommendation Emails’, ‘Customized Banner Ads’, etc.
The startup is founded by Ex-Amazon employees – Saurabh Nangia & Rahul Singh who as a team member worked for Amazon’s own personalization and recommendation system. In September this year, the startup has raised $1.1 million from three investors — 500Startups, Nexus Venture Partners and One97 Mobility Fund.
Nearify event discovery app helps you discover everything that’s happening within a 50 km radius around you or anywhere else on the planet. Additionally, you can use Nearify to find out about the various events happening in the far-off places as well, in case you are travelling and wish to plan out your itinerary. Nearify hosts around 10 million events from 52 cities around the world.
The app uses technology to aggregate data related to events from the web, which goes through a proprietary data processing engine for quality and relevance. It then collates that events’ data into a common format for users to consume. Apart as a website, Nearify is also available as an Android and iOS app.
Nearify is a product of Gurgaon-based Navelroots Internet Pvt. Ltd. founded by IIT Kanpur alumni – Mayank Kumar, Saurav Singh and Vivek Srivastava and in September this year the startup has raised funding between $0.5 million and $1 million from Seedfund Advisors, India Quotient and Bedrock Ventures, a seed and early-stage investor.
Survey42 is a simple easy to use Do-It-Yourself (DIY) online telephone survey building tool integrated with most advanced text to speech engines. It supports more than 20 languages. You simple create questions and options in Survey42’s survey editor, which is as easy as using any other text editor, upload your phone number, and make it live and you start getting results in just a couple of hours.
Setting up telephone surveys is generally a complicated process. You need to understand IVR and various other technical stuff. Also, it generally involves a setup cost. Overall, the entire system becomes very costly even if you want to get a simple survey done. Survey42 abstracts this entire process to make things simple for you. You just need to create question and option in a simple survey editor, Survery42 attach to a IVR system, convert them into audio data using text to speech engine and dispatches them to your users.
Survey42 is founded by a technology enthusiast Amit Gupta, an IIT-Delhi graduate. The startup has raised around USD 20,000.
Ruplee is a revolutionary mobile payment app thugh which you can pay at your favorite restaurants with your mobile phone. The Ruplee application make it easy to make payments easier using smart devices. The app makes it super simple to make payments at a restaurant and also maintains a record of all the payments. The user just has to check-in with the app whenever he/she goes to a restaurant. This check-in notifies the merchant. After the user has enjoyed his meal, all he has to do is ask for the bill and pay using his credit or debit card.
With Ruplee you can also keep a tab of your payment history and monitor all your spending. Built by payment and security experts, Ruplee is very secure to use as all your credit/debit card data is safely stored and encrypted. Payments can only be authorized once you enter your CVV and 3D secure pin.
Ruplee is a bootstrapped mobile startup based out of Gurgaon founded by Natasha Jain, a self-raised entrepreneur who holds a Masters Degree in Management Science Engineering from Stanford University.
Mettl is an online assessment tool to measure, analyze and improve people skills. Mettl is a promising online e-assessment & testing platform for job seekers as well as for companies and organization for prospective hires or even existing employees. The tool can help measure the hard skills that are directly required for the job profile rather than just the knowledge that can be easily acquired by rote learning.
Mettl is founded by Tonmoy Singhal and Ketan Kapoor. Tanmoy is an MBA from IIM Bangalore and a graduate from IIT Kanpur. Ketan is also a graduate from IIT-Roorkee and IIM-Calcutta Alumunus. In August this year, Mettl has raised $4 million Series A round led by IndoUS and existing investors to accelerate product development. Earlier, Mettl had raised angel funding from Blume Ventures, Dr. Puranjaya Singh, Naveen Tewari of Inmobi and others.
Madpiggy is a first of its kind mobile application based direct marketing platform, which helps users earn rewards for viewing and sharing ads. Madpiggy (‘Money-Ads-PiggyBank’) is a marketing platform for brick and mortar retailers as well as e-commerce retailers, to publish their deals and run a calibrated marketing campaign around there deals.
Currently with total of 25 members in their team based out of Gurgaon, Madpiggy has signed up more than 100 retailers from Gurgaon and is building its user base across India to launch its C2C product to other metro cities across India by 2015.
MadPiggy completely self-funded startup founded by Abhishek Kumar (IIT-Roorkee and ISB Hyb. alumnus) and Deepak Chauhan.
Droom is India’s first mobile marketplace to buy and sell used and new automobiles. Currently, an invitation only beta app, Droom is the most comprehensive mobile app ever conceived to simplify the automobile buying and selling experience. For Sellers there is an opportunity to get the fastest best price offers by becoming a Verified or a Pro-Seller. For the buyers there are options of searching through comprehensive listings and finding a committed Seller.
Droom is funded by some of the leading global venture investors and the company is based out of Gurgaon, India.