[Monday Wrap] From McDonald’s for healthy food to a 19-year-old teaching investments - your startup fix to start the week
Two years ago, Dhananjai Raja Kuttikad and Rashmi Ghale decided to make a lifestyle change and start eating healthy. The dearth of service providers who genuinely focused on all-round nutrition led them to launch Bengaluru-based PurpleBasil, which wants to be the McDonald's for healthy food. Their vision is one: really healthy food that tastes like fast food!
The focus these days is on preventive healthcare - that prevents the need for treatment. Reason enough for this Raipur-based startup to offer a preventive healthcare platform for the family. Founded by Vikram Aditya in 2017, Mediklik offers preventive healthcare packages tailored by medical experts to cater to every aspect of a family's lifestyle improvement.
Sriram Gopal was thriving in his IT career, but he wanted to know more. He soon discovered hydroponics, the practice of growing plants without soil, and decided to start up in the sector. His Stanford Seed startup Future Farms is out to solve India’s food crisis with clean, soil-less farming. Future Farms, which has grown to be a 70-member startup in four years and has executed over “32 commercial projects”.
As a young boy, Kaustubh Dhonde loved tractors. When his uncle decided to sell his tractor as it made a lot of noise, had high operational costs, and caused a backache, Kaustubh wondered about the possibility of driverless tractors. Now, his Mumbai-based startup AutoNxt is having a field day, building autonomous electric tractors to help farmers. The tractor is a 30 HP tractor, which mimics any diesel 30 HP tractor present in the market today.
At 14, Sankarsh Chanda convinced his elder sister to allow him to use her Demat account and invest. Now, two months after launching his fintech startup, this 19-year-old is already managing Rs 8.5 crore in assets. Hyderabad-based Savart aims to simplify investing in stocks and mutual funds by offering investment advice after a psycho-metric analysis to help understand your temperament and needs.
Want, need, now? Then see, like, buy. For Bengaluru-based myBataz is using AI to make fashion easily accessible. Founded by Sormy Curpen last year, the social commerce app brings together fashion bloggers, brands, and anyone interested in fashion to share photographs, relevant content, and connect with brands and marketplaces to enable easy shopping.
Welcome to a world where you can control your home with your voice, a switch or a device - Hyderabad-based Wozart shows you how! Founded by Manoj Malineni, Abhilash Dasyreddy, Nikhil Mandalika, and Prashanth Rao, the bootstrapped startup offers Aura Switch, a retrofit wireless home automation device that fits behind any switchboard and enables control of lights and appliances from smart devices such as phones, tablets, watches, and speakers.
Innovation is a buzzword today, but is often inaccessible to many. Enter Rajasthan-based Open Innovations Lab, which is making tech innovation accessible for small-town businesses. Founded by Sanjay Jangid and Neha Maheshwari, the “open innovation” platform that brings together technical experts, co-creators, product developers, “implementation specialists”, mentors and strategists to craft innovative tech-enabled solutions for businesses.
Narayan Lal Gurjar grew up witnessing farmers in his state dealing with widespread water scarcity. Now this 20-year-old’s startup helps farmers deal with water scarcity in drought-ridden Rajasthan. His Udaipur-based startup, Eco-Friendly Water Retention Polymer, makes a super-absorbent polymer designed to absorb water in the soil, retain it for a long time, and supply it to the crops as required.