The sixth edition of TechSparks 2015 has just concluded with three days of intense, electric activity. The best and brightest stakeholders in the Indian startup ecosystem were in attendance over the three days. The event kicked off with a hackathon on October 29, and the next two days were packed with speaker sessions, panel discussions, hiring circles and startup pitches, not to mention an elegant cocktail evening with investors. Some of the biggest names from the industry, including Naveen Tewari of InMobi, Dhiraj Rajaram of Mu Sigma, Shashank ND of Practo, T V Mohandas Pai, and 50 other experts, spoke at the event.
This year’s theme was Tech for a Billion, to celebrate technology, innovation and ideas that have the potential to impact a billion lives. Here they are, this year’s brightest sparks, the companies that made it to the Tech30 list, introduced in no particular order.
Founded by Nikhil Upadhye, Suhas Banshiwala, Vipul Singh and Yeshwanth Reddy, AUS’s core team is drawn from premier universities like IIT-Kanpur and IIT-Bombay.
Co-founder/CEO Kartik Poddar has worked in product management and marketing in companies like Komli Media and Microsoft, while Co-founder/CTO Kartik Bansal is a self-confessed geek who has worked with Shindigg and Microsoft.
Founded by Ritika Dhyawala, Nirmala Kunwar and Kumar Nishant, software designers and engineers from NIT Jaipur, the team has worked with companies like SAP, TATA Power and various startups in the past.
Founder and CEO Unni Peroth is a seasoned IT professional who has earlier worked at IBM and HP. He was also co-founder of LenDen and Nfonics Solutions. The team also comprises COO Binoy Mathew, CTO Arun Raj and CMO Romy Mathew, all of whom are experienced professionals.
Founder Lalit Bhise, inventor of Hybrid application programming leads Bizom, while co-founders Vasudeva Manjuth, Shree Bhise and Supreeth Reddy have deep experience in mobile, cloud and software technologies.
Founder Jayabrata Bhaduri has spent over 7 years in various companies across functions such as R&D, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, sourcing, global trading and supply chain. His inclination towards clean tech led him to bootstrap Capacloud.
The core team comprises co-founders Dr Srinivas Dorasala and Dr Ravi Nayar, clinicians who are ENT surgeons and vestibular specialists. Co-founder Niranjan Subbarao, a serial entrepreneur, heads sales and marketing, while Chetan Jakkoju, an engineer specialising in computer vision and machine learning, is their technology lead.
Daily Rounds was founded by Dr Deepu Sebin, Nimmi Cherian and Priyaank Choubey. Deepu has worked in primary and tertiary healthcare, while Nimmi and Priyaank are computer science graduates with experience at technology MNCs and startups.
Furdo was founded by Ishwar Sundararaman, Kiran Singh and Arvind Prakash Singh. Kiran has 18 years of experience in 3D visualisation, IIM-B alumnus Ishwar previously founded Revu and Clubd, while Arvind founded Vrixx.
Gridle has a young enterprising team in founders Yash Shah, Anupama Panchal and Abhishek Doshi. The trio have known each other for 10 years and have worked together on 12 projects and a failed startup. They’ve been building Gridle for the past two years and have also raised a round of seed funding.
An IIT-Kanpur alumnus, founder Bal Krishn Birla worked with Infosys and Amazon before beginning his startup journey. He has earlier been part of founding teams of startups like AskLaila, ZopNow, AdalBdal, SongPedia, Bhoole Bisre Geet, and Potluck Restaurant.
Founder and CEO Ramakrishna NK was elected to the Ashoka fellowship in 2012 in recognition of Rang De’s game-changing efforts to lower the cost of borrowing when the focus was mostly on accessibility and not affordability.
Co-founder and CEO Siraj Dhanani is a successful entrepreneur (PharmARC), investor and healthcare professional, while co-founder and CTO A Vijayarajan is a medical technology veteran with over 30 years’ experience (and was previously with GE Medical Systems). Dr Jagdish Chaturvedi, an ENT surgeon, is the Director of Clinical Innovation.
The company’s founders, Abhinav Shashank, Kanav Hasija and Sandeep Gupta, are experienced in data analytics, data warehousing and related solutions. They have played leading roles at companies like Ingersoll Rand and universities like Harvard and Wharton.
Vinil Vadi has spent the last 15 years in startups as well as large, billion-dollar corporations, engineering highly scalable and next-generation product cores in the e-business and consumer internet segments for Fortune 500 companies like Asera Inc, WebMD, BP, BN.com, Walgreens and Tyson Foods.
Co-founder and CEO Sujit Thomas Zachariah was earlier Product Director at Yahoo! US. Rakesh Raghuvanshi, Co-founder and President, earlier founded retail consulting firm Live1India and was CEO of Showtime Group.
The company was founded by four IIT-Kharagpur graduates. Sachin Jaiswal is also co-founder of Innovaccer, Keshav Prawasi was earlier with Amazon, Nitin Babel was with Ipsos, while Shishir Modi was with IndiaReads.com.
Co-founder Jackson Fernandez’s last stint was as a VP at Snapdeal after his group-buying venture was acquired. Prior to that, he set up and managed wego.com in India. Co-founder Balamurugan Balasubramanian is a BITS-Pilani alumnus and has built tech products in the social networking, e-commerce and ad-serving domains.
Co-founder Raghu Venkatesh is a technology evangelist who loves pushing the boundaries in technology. He comes with experience in different fields like game development, ideation, innovation solutions and strategies. Co-founder Fazil V N has been a part of many startups since his teenage years, including W3Graphix, Appsud and Sketchmonk.com.
Co-founder Mrigank Tripathi is a serial entrepreneur with 16 years of experience in the telecom domain with Oliver Wyman, Reliance Infocomm and Swisscom Vetures. Co-founder Sachin Grover was managing the Yahoo! global mobile homepage and has 15 years of technology experience with Microsoft, Yahoo!, Satyam and HP.
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Co-founders Vibhav Joshi and Sumedh Kaulgadh, both electronics engineers from BITS-Goa, have previous entrepreneurial experience with the New Venture Creation Program and startups like Jana Care.
Founder Anurag Awasthi earlier worked with global not-for-profit organisations in Washington D.C. and holds a Masters degree in Accounting from University of Rhode Island.
The founding team consists of Jatin Sharma, Nitin Gandhi and Jiten Saini. Jatin and Nitin are engineers from PEC with several years of product design experience and 3D printing. Jiten is from BITS, and has machine learning expertise. Amitabh Nagpal is the company’s angel investor and mentor.
Co-founder Raghav Sehgal is an IIM-Ahmedabad alumnus with over eight years of experience in healthcare, retail and finance, while co-founder Mayank Agarwal is an ISB-Hyderabad alumnus with experience in software and hardware engineering.
Co-founder Krishna Wage, an IIM-Calcutta alumnus, has nine years’ experience in sales and marketing with brands like Columbia Asia, Citibank, Heineken and Honda. Co-founder Abhishek Ashok is a post-graduate from IISc-Bangalore with two years work experience as a chip component designer with Intel. Co-founder Sujit Lalwani is an NIT-Surathkal graduate with more than 10 years of experience in sales and marketing.
Founder Kalyan Manyam earlier founded three companies – Innova Health Systems in 2002 (acquired), Indyarocks.com in 2006 (acquired) and Mojostreet (acquired). He was also heading the APAC sales and alliances for Solix Technologies, a Silicon Valley-based data management company.
Upshot was founded by Bharath Lingam. An IIT-Madras alumnus, Bharath also runs [x]cube Labs and previously held leading positions at Mahindra Satyam, Pandora Networks and Knowledge Infotech.
Founder Manish Kumar is Vitymobi’s Technical Architect. An electronics and electrical communications engineer from Punjab Engineering College, Manish has over six years of experience in software development and mobile development.
Mohit Mittal, co-founder and CEO, is an IIT-Madras alumnus who has started four companies so far. Two of these—Preburn and Burrn—have been acquired. Co-founder Vijaysimhareddy Devarapalli is an IIT-Kharagpur alumnus who also co-founded Preburn (acquired by FreeCharge).
These are the 30 companies that were selected to demo at TechSparks 2015. Keep an eye on them for some great news in the coming years!
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