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'A chance to do better, to do more': your startup fix to start the week

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31st Dec 2018
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Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. It's time to say bye-bye 2018, hello 2019. Garry Marshall’s 2011 rom-com New Year’s Eve may not have got too much right, but it did nail that bit.

As Hilary Swank’s Claire Morgan says in the movie: “…that’s what New Year's is all about: getting another chance. A chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more. And stop worrying about ‘what if’ and start embracing ‘what would be’.”

And as we stop and reflect on the year that has gone by, and make promises and resolutions, let’s pop the bubbly and say cheers to a brand new year - another chance for us to get it right!

Our bunch of startup stories are sure to provide inspiration and encouragement to follow your dreams, to do more in 2019.

No matter how full you are, there is always room for dessert! What if your business venture could revolve around a dessert? Pune-based siblings decided to do just that by giving a glocal twist to the traditional kheer with startup La Kheer Deli. Shivang (25) and Shivika Sood (27) even convinced their mother to quit her job as a playschool teacher and help start the kheer deli.

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La Kheer Deli offers the traditional kheer in flavours like brownies, dry fruits, and mocha. 

Noida-based video commerce platform Ezmall has trained its sights on Tier II and III markets. And there's a reason that former Flipster Amit Bansal is targeting the next 100 million shoppers. He tells us why the video format works in ecommerce, and how using regional languages will help the startup crack specific markets.

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Amit Bansal (extreme left), with the core Ezmall team. 

Technology may have transformed the banking sector in India, but rural and cooperative banks are yet to benefit. Enter Teknospire, which is helping these banks go digital at a tenth of the cost of proprietary tech. Its cloud-based 'bank-in-a-box’ solution enables banks and financial institutions to build a digital ecosystem; services can be disbursed via B2C interfaces or assisted channels such as digital touch points or agent networks.

The Teknospire team with Founder Vishal Gupta (front row, first from left).

Laser tag arenas are elaborately built spaces, but what if you could play the game anywhere? Keen to help physical gaming make a comeback, 43-year-old Himani Ladsariya started GameGarage, which converts spaces into laser tag arenas for corporate events and individual parties. The ultimate aim? To strengthen team-building skills and leadership abilities in a fun setting.

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Himani Ladsariya, Founder of GameGarage.

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