Chandigarh’s rise as a startup innovation hub
A small city of just over 10 lakh people, Chandigarh is home to about 558 tech startups.
In the past few years, several Chandigarh-based startups such as Jugnoo, LetsShave, Pumpkart, EduRev, Trideal, PayMart, among others have been backed by the likes of Kalaari Capital, Omnivore, Wipro Consumer Care Ventures, Y Combinator, Indian Angel Network, etc.
But, the success story of the Chandigarh-Panchkula-Mohali tricity came into the spotlight only in July 2020, when PrepLadder was acquired by edtech giant Unacademy for $50 million.
While Chandigarh’s core sector — IT services — has been strengthening over the years with SaaS startups like authorSTREAM, SchoolPad, Uengage, and Click Labs, other areas like pharma and agriculture have also shown major potential.
As per the ministry data, Chandigarh led the startup innovation in North India with 89 patent requests in 2019-2020.
“We need to play on our strength and build a market. There is a huge potential for smart talent to co-create products and services with experienced experts in the domain," says Alok Ramsisaria, CEO, Grazitti Interactive.
Now, the tricity is coming up with its own Startup Policy with a special focus on women entrepreneurship, a dedicated startup hub, a seed fund with a corpus of Rs 50 crore, and more.
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News & Updates
- Zomato has rolled out a pilot run of its grocery services in select areas and for select users in Delhi. This comes as part of Zomato's plan to add online grocery services on its app, especially following its investment in Grofers.
- Teen-focussed payments platform FamPay said it has signed a deal with card issuer Visa Inc to launch numberless, prepaid cards for teenagers to enable them to make NFC-powered payments.
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- In remarks that come amid the stock market debut of food delivery app Zomato and proposed IPO of Paytm, a senior Sebi official said both profit and loss-making companies can come on exchanges and entities with "unconventional business models" listing bodes well for the startup ecosystem.
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“Chandigarh has been a net exporter of tech talent. With remote working, the dynamics are shifting.”