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[Monday Wrap] From drones bringing agri solutions to Made-in-India whiskeys - your startup fix to start the week

Team YS
16th Jul 2018
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Founded by Rahat Kulshreshtha and Gaurav Mehta in 2013, drone startup Quidich is creating ripples in live sport, aerial filmmaking, and government surveillance. The bootstrapped 12-member startup Quidich went from one to 25 machines in five years, and has serviced clients in sports and entertainment, telecom, mining, and surveillance industries.

The Quidich team with ex-England cricketer Kevin Pietersen during an IPL match

Bengaluru-based MyCliniCare aims to make breast cancer screening simple and affordable. Founded by Carman Kobza, David Da Silva, and Vinod Raju, the preventative healthcare company conducts early digital breast screening for women in India at an affordable cost of Rs 650. It also partners with various corporates and NGOs, and offers a digitalised clinical experience on-site.

The team at MyCliniCare, a preventive healthcare company

Canning the one-size-fits-all approach to marketing, GrowthStory-backed startup Social Frontier is helping brands automate and optimise their digital marketing operations. Founded by Abdulla Basha and GnanaPrakash Rathinam, the Bengaluru-based martech startup offers a machine learning and AI-based marketing automation and predictive optimisation tool to enterprises.

The Founders of Social Frontier - Abdulla Basha and GnanaPrakash Rathinam

If you can't reuse it, refuse it. That's what Bengaluru-based AstuEco wants you to do. That's why these two entrepreneurs - Anitha Shankar and Tejashree Madhu- aim to replace plastic with Areca nut tableware. The startup designs and manufactures “earth-friendly products for the environmentally conscious”, including plates, bowls, glasses, cups, trays, straws, boxes, and shopping bags.

Tejashree Madhu and Anitha Shankar, the Founders of AstuEco

SleepDoc+ portable device

Sleep is the biggest casualty of modern life, we know. In a bid to help people 'stop losing sleep over sleep', these IITians have developed smart sleep assistant SleepDoc+. Founded by Aurobinda Routray, Laxmi Kant Tiwari and Ritwik Dash, mBreath Technologies' product will hit the market by the end of the year. The IoT-based solution determines the sleep quality of the user, and also sleep-related disorders such as sleep apnea, snoring, insomnia, etc.


Why did a dental surgeon and agency manager merge the businesses of food and art? Friends Drasty Shah and Ekta Chopra launched their venture, The Project Café in Ahmedabad, as a belief and experiment in collaborations of art, design, performance, and food. Now also located in Goa, the cafe doubles up as an art destination that continually experiments with design, performance, and food.

Friends Drasty Shah and Ekta Chopra launched The Project Café to experiment with collaborations of art, design, and food

Love your whisky, but would like to see a few more Indian options on the market? Say hello to Bengaluru-based Unibev, which is raising a toast to premium made-in-India spirits. Set up by Vijay Rekhi, the former CEO of United Spirits, with Ajay Kumar Swarup and Shekhar Swarup, Unibev blends Indian grain spirit with 12-year and 18-year scotch, a first in the country.

Vijay Rekhi, the Co-founder of Unibev, wants to raise the bar of Made-in-India spirits

Starting up was a dream that finally came true. From selling newspapers to becoming startup founders, these boys are making it big in Indore. Akshay Chouhan and Kapil Karda now run Engineer Master Solutions, which provides app and website development, digital marketing, and graphic designing, and MahakaalStore.com, an online retail store for customised mobile covers, keychains, and T-shirts.

Akshay Chouhan and Kapil Karda run Engineer Master Solutions and MahakaalStore.com

Delhi-based Imaginesales wants to make sales engagement a science. Launched by Sudip Samaddar, Hitesh Mahthpal, Puneet Agarwal, and Manish Kumar, the startup has created a platform to track engagement and make sales easy. Imaginesales aims to help sales reps – and businesses – stay on top of sales leads, improve prospect engagement, enhance sales followups, and grow revenues.

Sudip Samaddar and Manish Kumar, two of the co-founders of Imaginesales

This Hyderabad-based drone tech company is on a mission to make farmers lives easier. Thanos Technologies, launched by Pradeep Palelli and Prathyush Akepati, began by providing aerial surveying solutions using off-the-shelf drones. But they soon designed, built, and tested a prototype of an “Autonomous Aerial Pesticide Spraying Platform”. The aerial spraying platform helps reduce input costs for the farmers, and also possibly improves yield and soil health.

The Thanos Team with a drone that works as an aerial spraying platform

When they realised the Indian home improvement supply chain industry was highly unorganised, Prasad Bollineni and Vineet V started omnichannel wholesale supplier Homlot. The Bengaluru-based startup offers a one-stop solution for all home-related products to small businesses and contractors. It helps interior designers, modular manufacturers, and carpenters procure the materials they require from a single supplier at discounted prices based on their purchase potential.

The Homlot team wants to be one-stop solution for all home-related products

Anand Kumar Bajaj, former President and Chief Innovation Officer of YES Bank, believed retailers needed to evolve as fast as retail. Nearby Technologies, his B2B2C venture set up with Rajesh Jha, Yashwant Lodha, and Subash Kumar, aims at partnering with neighbourhood retail and kirana stores to offer digital financial services. Nearby Technologies claims to have reached retailers in 5,000 pincodes by just word of mouth.

The Co-founders of Nearby Technologies (L to R): Anand Kumar Bajaj,  Yashwant Lodha, Subhash Kumar, Rajesh Jha

When the whole world is going smart, can the rural hinterlands stay away? No. “Smart villages” are here with SmartGaon, an app launched by Yogesh Sahu and Rajnish Bajpai. The app connects the entire population of a village internally and with the developed world. It also serves as a knowledge and information centre, a marketplace, a helpline, and a holistic development tool to make the village a SmartGaon.

The team at SmartGaon is connecting villagers with each other and with the world

Can't do without your morning cuppa? Get ready to be spoilt as this startup is on a mission to deliver premium tea directly from gardens into chai-lovers’ cups. Founded by Ankit Baid, Guwahati-based Namhah Tea sources tea from boutique gardens in top tea destinations like Assam, Darjeeling, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh.

With Namhah Tea, Ankit Baid wants to give tea lovers a premium experience

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