Weekly Spotlight | 5 Indian start-ups that you should know about!

Weekly Spotlight | 5 Indian start-ups that you should know about!

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Suno-Khabar1. SunoKhabar:
We are in the era where everyone wants everything on the go; let that be blazing fast internet or even ordering food. Most of the people are so busy that they have no idea of what is happening in the world around them because they do not have the patience or time to go through lengthy and complex articles and news pieces.

If you are one of these impatient souls then it’s the time to try Suno Khabar, a revolutionarily ideated android app that reads your favorite news on the go. You can now listen to news while doing other activities and going about your day.

The app presents a stream of news articles every day, carefully curated from several sources. Users peruse through this list, while adding the ones that pique their interest, to a playlist. They can even have the selected articles played one after another. For users that may not have good enough data speed to play audio over the internet, the app also have an option to download the articles on the playlists over WiFi or mobile data which the user can listen uninterruptedly in offline mode. There also is a feature of 2X speed, to play the audio at a faster pace when time is of the essence.

.2. RoomsTonite:
New edge technology in the hospitality sector has definitely made an unprecedented remark on everyone’s life by sparking spontaneity. This Bengaluru-based startup seems to be one player that has understood these emerging trends quite well and is betting big on rising smartphone dependability behaviour. With more and more people using smartphones as their preferred choice to do things on-the-go, RoomsTonite is changing the on-demand hotel scenario in the country.

RoomsTonite is a mobile app offering last minute hotel booking. It helps the users to book a hotel anytime and anywhere. The startup also helps hotels to sell their unsold inventories even at the last minute, albeit at discounted rates.

RoomsTonite lists deals from 2,000+ hotels across 250+ cities for same day and next day. Hotels in popular business as well as holiday destinations that includes Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Jaipur, Pune, Gurgaon, Mysore, Vijayawada, Noida and Kolkata are present on the app that is available on Android and iOS platforms.

This app has been downloaded more than ~1,00,000 times. The company is adding more and more hotels on its platform. It does not charge hotels any fee for listing on its platform.

BoxMySpace3. BoxMySpace:
The Mumbai based physical storage service provider BoxMySpace was founded by Pratyush Jalan with an aim to bring the same convenience of cloud storage to the physical goods of a consumer’s home. The consumer can effortlessly avail on-demand storage service for their household goods at their doorstep either through the web or mobile application across Android and iOS platforms for a low monthly fee starting Rs.99/-.

BoxMySpace delivers high quality storage boxes to customer’s homes/offices where the customers only have to pack their belongings and after that BoxMySpace stores them safely. It also provides the consumer with their storage dashboard to create a visual catalog of all their stored items and a unique code to each item/box to enable recall within 12 to 24 hours.

They announced about raising INR 192 Million from a consortium of investors led by Farooq Oomerbhoy, who was one of the co-founders of the early stage fund Orios Venture Partners. Ritesh Veera and Singapore Angel Networks also participated in the funding round.

4. BiotechKart:
Researchers’ time is highly valuable, however their time is being spent on handling various administrative works especially looking out for information on various research needs which are required as part of their day-to-day custom research activities. A Rough estimation is that researchers are spending at least day or two in a week just finding the information using those bulky catalogue books manually, where many of their custom requirements are not met. This stems the idea of creating BiotechKart as an online directory where one can search for their research needs and order online to get the product/service at the door steps of their lab hassle-freely.

BiotechKart is unique and first of its kind to provide all research needs at one place and giving information of price for each product displayed and giving a direct “Add to cart” and checkout option in the website itself for conforming their orders; compared to other web portals who are offering online catalogues with options like “Add to enquiry”, “contact us to get the quote” etc., (which again giving the vendor the leverage of manipulating with the price according to the demand or funding capabilities of the customer).

BiotechKart is ultimately aiming at creating a complete solution for research, especially drug discovery by building the web portal in such a way that it meets all the requirements whether its research products, job, scholarship, funding information, news, custom service requirements etc., as an end to end solution.

JetSetClean5. JetSetClean:
For the busy urban working professionals, time is of the utmost need and finding time between job life and play life, laundry is that one task that most people end up procrastinating over.

Anupam Varshney and Bikash Dash founded a solution to ease this process for today’s busy scheduled professionals; JetSetClean, a on demand laundry service where you can get your laundry & dry cleaning picked up and delivered right back to your doorstep, office, the mall, or wherever is convenient for you. It has a simple scheduling process, where you can book your pickup and delivery time and address along with the pickup address you would like your clothes to be picked up from. Their laundry pilot will soon be at your place to take your dirty laundry and give you a cookie. The cookie is for you to munch on, while you sit and relax with all the free time you have just earned. And the best part? Your clothes are washed & ironed and delivered back to your doorstep in 24 hours’ time. Payment can be made by cash or through a hassle free secure online debit card or credit card payment platform.

In addition to regular dry cleaning & laundering, JetSetClean also offers wash-and-fold options at Rs 50/kg and also a subscription model for users with more regular laundry needs. Suited for all types of family needs, this model works best for both the working professionals in the family. It also works around your schedule for pickup and drop-off times. The only “work” you need to do is sort your clothes into the custom bags that they provide for you!

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