Last week, Catapooolt’s Bangalore Crowd Pitch Challenge attracted investors, YourStory and a host of exciting startups. The Challenge was a unique event where each startup gave their pitch in three minutes; and not just to top Angel Investors like Ravi Gururaj and venture funds like Unitus Seed Fund, but also to an empowered crowd. At the end of the session, attendees voted electronically for their favourite startups and ideas.
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Here we profile startups from the event, some of which are just a few weeks old:
CLinkR: It is a NASSCOM 10K startup, which helps people find mutual contacts, like LinkedIn. However the CLinkR application is built over one’s phone address book, and hence intends to enhance the credibility of the references. Check it out on Google Play and improve your experience in finding trusted connections.
Cooey Technologies: It is an end-to-end health monitoring IoT platform for antenatal and chronic patients, helping one manage health vitals and recurring medication requirements. Cooey’s distinct advantages over similar products from the US and Europe are cost-effectiveness and personalisation for chronic patients.
DigiCollect-GIS: Another NASSCOM 10K startup, DigiCollect-GIS leverages location-based components and data to help individuals and real estate organisations make better decisions. This simplified web based tool combines maps, CAD, photos, excels and other useful report formats.
DoSelect: It is a collaborative, platform-independent hiring tool that allows one to assess candidates on almost any technical role and capabilities. Their completely isolated testing environment with super-user and network access as well as pair-coding promises to provide more insightful test results.
Ecourierz: This logistics technology company helps one search, compare prices, pick-up as well as pay and book from an aggregation of courier services. In other words, this company seeks to become the redBus of courier services. Ecourierz has recently begun its crowdfunding campaign via Catapooolt to reach out to more retail customers and help develop an even better mobile experience.
Freekall: The Freekall application lets one make free and low-cost phone calls without the need to be connected to the Internet. Unlike calling cards, Freekall allows one to select contacts from their own address book and then Freekall initiates a call back. However, users here will need to earn free credits with actions like watching an ad or downloading an app.
HereNow: This hyper-local communication application gives users notification of recent and most trending posts in their locality. Started less than a month ago, HereNow application plans to streamline hyper-local communication at college campuses, residential areas and other community dwellings.
LabInApp: A recent YourStory article covered this company, which has emerged as winner of the Crowd Pitch Challenge. LabInApp solves the problem of schools that cannot afford laboratories. This 3D interactive virtual laboratory also helps students perform better at science experiments by providing them a platform to practice with varying parameters that can be set by other users or their teachers.
In the next installment, we will take a look at the remaining startups from the Crowd Pitch activity, including India’s Super Car and a bike with wings. Meanwhile, do check out the websites and apps of these startups - your feedback may well give them wings.