Startups vs COVID-19 second wave
India’s pandemic narrative has been unprecedented and unimaginable.
As the second wave of COVID-19 proves fatal beyond imagination, the Indian startup ecosystem has once again come together to ignite the ray of hope.
Fintech decacorn Paytm is raising Rs 10 crore to import 3,000 oxygen concentrators for government and private hospitals that are in dire need of it. In fact, Kunal Shah’s CRED asked its users to donate their CRED coins towards buying oxygen-related equipment, which will be facilitated by Milaap.
Dating app TrulyMadly is now using its matchmaking algorithms to find suitable “Plasma donors” by capturing and matching all critical information from both the patient and donor, including their blood group, COVID-19 diagnosis date, location, contact details, and phone number.
L-R : Abhijit Pawar, Adar Poonawalla, Hasmukh Rawal, Sujit Jain, Shailendra Kawade
Pune-based Mylab Discovery Solutions said it plans to deploy 50 ICMR-approved and NABL-certified mobile testing labs across India to meet the huge backlog in RT-PCR testing amid rising cases of COVID-19.
Zomato, too, announced a “Help Save My India” mission through its not-for-profit arm Feeding India in association with Delhivery to source oxygen concentrators and related supplies to help hospitals and families in need.
Read about how the Indian startup ecosystem is battling the second wave of COVID-19 here.
Last year, during the beginning of the pandemic, Gurugram startup GoMechanic came up with #OpenForHeroes — an initiative to support emergency and essential vehicles, including ambulances, police vehicles, etc., by providing technicians and mechanics across major metros.
A year later, Co-founder Rishabh Karwa speaks to YourStory about the startup’s growth journey, the way forward for the business, and its unique post-COVID offerings.
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Amidst a seething second wave, there has been a severe dearth of oxygen, hospital beds, and vital medicine essential for treating COVID patients. In fact, for healthcare workers, the pressure keeps mounting.
To help make their lives easier and also tackle the scarcity of ICU beds in hospitals, Bengaluru-based Turtle Shell Technologies has come up with a solution, Dozee, to turn all beds into step-down ICUs. Read more.
Mudit and Gaurav, founders of Dozee
News & Updates
- Reliance Foundation is setting up a 1,000-bed COVID-19 care facility with oxygen supply in Jamnagar, Gujarat, where all services will be provided free of cost. Around 400 beds will be up and running within a week.
- The UN team in India is providing critical supplies to the country amid COVID-19, and its agencies are procuring thousands of oxygen concentrators, oxygen generating plants, and other essential equipment, as well as helping set up mobile hospital units.
- The Finance Ministry has waived permissions required from any government departments for customs clearance of COVID-related relief material imported by the Indian Red Cross Society.
- Goldman Sachs announced an additional $10 million in support to help India fight the second surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths. The firm will provide support for frontline health facilities in cities such as Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Delhi.
- BYJU'S is reportedly raising about $150 million from UBS Group AG that will value the edtech major at about $16.5 billion. Earlier, BYJU'S had acquired Aakash Educational Services Ltd (AESL) to bolster its presence in the test preparation segment in the country.
Before you go, stay inspired with…
Rahul Aggarwal, Co-founder of Designhill
"It's not one person's initiative, it's everybody's — everybody who is sharing, who is trying to promote, who is trying to get the word out. There is so much requirement out there that we're not able to fulfil that no matter what."