Making a change - your startup fix for the week

Barack Obama once said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Exactly 11 years ago today, the United States elected its first African American President Barack Obama. He once said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” His perseverance and constant work for his fellow Americans made him a true ‘People’s President.’


Just like him, there are individuals in our society trying to make a change. Meet Randhir Kumar, whose edtech startup BasicFirst is out to create a country-wide e-learning empire to help students from all economic backgrounds. The startup provides live doubt-clearing sessions in nine vernacular languages.


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Ratan Tata-backed aims to generate $1B from Bharat

Founded in May 2015 by four IIT-Kharagpur graduates, vernacular conversational platform has set its sights on Bharat. The AI-powered startup's virtual agent is handholding the next billion users and unlocking the potential of internet commerce in Tier II and III India.

Ikigai Law simplifies contracts involving blockchain and AI

Team Ikigai Law

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Founding team of Vedalabs

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These NIT engineers made educational labs smarter

Aniket Thakur, Co-Founder, Labkafe

Kolkata-based Labkafe started by selling industrial lab products. A few years and a pivot later, the startup is focusing on providing smart tools for labs in educational institutions, and looking to clock Rs 24 crore revenue in FY20.

CoutLoot helps traditional offline businesses go online

Team CoutLoot

With more than 3,75,000 sellers listing over 10 million products on its platform, CoutLoot streamlines online sales for small retailers. It enables them with facilities such as regional language chat and providing services like logistics, payments, cataloguing, and supply chain.

Manipur's Medilane is becoming Northeast's Uber for ambulances

The healthcare services team of Medilane

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How High Street Essentials brings inclusivity to fashion

(L-R) Shivani Poddar and Tanvi Mallik

Noida-based fashion house High Street Essentials (HSE) was started in 2012 by two childhood friends Shivani Poddar and Tanvi Malik with fast fashion brand, FabAlley. In 2016 the duo launched Indya, an ethnic-fusion brand, in response to the growing demand for contemporary Indian wear.

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