We have curated a list of 5 startups who are based out of Gurugram and offer unique solutions to meet the day-to-day needs. Also they grabbed attention of veteran investors, such as Google’s Rajan Anandan, Goldman Sachs’ Puneet Gupta, DBS’s Vinay Gupta, among others.
While companies such as Flipkart, Paytm, Ola and Oyo solved larger problems, there are other issues that shape the way people live. So to build companies of the future, it becomes paramount to identify niches and build businesses around them.
These startups are changing the way millennials consume the internet — be it for fashion, food or to help them keep track of their finances, too. They provide unique solutions through technology to serve their customers and are aimed at solving basic problems of what and how to wear, where and what to eat, and even manage finances better, which is one of the biggest pain-point for the upstart young generation.
Mypoolin (Application for social payments among friends)
Mypoolin is a social payments app that enables seamless payments collection, settlement and planning among a group of friends for daily use cases. Mypoolin raised its first round of funding from a group of 10 angel investors including the likes of Rajan Anandan (Google), Sharad Sharma (iSpirt), Amit Ranjan (ex-SlideShare), Sunil Kalra. They also were the Indian winners of QPrize 2015, and received $250,000 as a convertible round of funding from Accel Partners and Qualcomm Ventures in September 2015.
Founded by Rohit Taneja and Ankit Singh in January 2015, the concept is split into two parts, the first one being – ‘Split & Settle’ where it helps you in sending and receiving money instantly from any bank to any bank just by using a mobile number. And the second one being ‘Plan & Pay’ part where you can chat and pay together for daily use cases such as movies, events, dining, travel, gifting, deals and more. Covering the whole process from in-app recommendations to chatting to splitting and paying as a group to finally purchasing on the app, the product is one of its kind. The app interfaces and fetches information from all your existing favorite apps like BookMyShow, Amazon, and many more to make the flow infinitely cool and seamless.
In terms of growth, it is processing more than Rs. 1 Crore worth transaction volume this March 2017. Most of the P2P payments on their platform happen via the fast growing UPI infrastructure which enables seamless cross bank transfers across all major Indian banks. Besides, this is the only app in the country where you can also send money from any bank to any bank even if the recipient is not on UPI. This unique feature alone fetched Rs. 3.5 lac worth transaction volume in December, all organically.
Mobile Application available on Android and iOS. Download it here – https://bnc.lt/payments-with-friends
SummerLabel (Fashion and Lifestyle discovery app)
SummerLabel, a startup which is a blend of both worlds – technology and fashion, recently raised INR 10 million as seed capital from Silicon Valley and Indian based angel investors.
Co-founded by a successful serial businessman Apaksh Gupta and Miss India World (2012) Vanya Mishra, both 25-year old, SummerLabel is an upcoming fashion and lifestyle discovery platform, uses technology to connect users with millions of private labels, help them explore the right style and fashion, and even takes them to the desired site if the user wants to make a purchase.
With a community of over 7,500 registered users, and growing fast, the company aims to become a one-stop destination for everything fashionable.
While serving the users with the right choice, SummerLabel hopes to aid entrepreneurship in the larger fashion eco-system, by making the lesser known private labels more discoverable. Brands can curate and customise their specialties, give store locations, price range, and store timings – all of which will help build both online and offline traction.
Application available on Android and iOS. Download it here: https://summerlabel.app.link
Being Chef (Application for all the food requirements: Cooking, Food Ordering, Daily Meals, Boxes & Catering)
Put your Chef’s hat on with this emerging start-up based out of Gurgaon. Started by Shubham Maheshwari, a mechanical engineer from NIT Jaipur, in 2015 Being Chef allows its users to order fully prepared meals, customizable meal boxes and to cook by self. The platform specializes in vegetarian meals and is the only single kitchen delivery model with over 1,00,000 followers on Facebook in India.
Being Chef is committed to convert everyone into a chef by giving them all relevant ingredients, recipes and related information to prepare a wholesome nutritious meal from their home’s comfort. That is the idea behind Being Chef’s flagship offering – ‘The Magic Box’- that contains every vital ingredient (from oil to garnish) chopped or processed, in measured quantity with a step-by- step cooking guide. All the ingredients in the Magic Box and meals available on the platform go through a nutrition check by its Chief Food Officer.
Being Chef has successfully bootstrapped and has served over a 100,000 customers till date. It has a huge loyal customer base, high stickiness with more than 70 % repeat orders. The start-up has been listed as one of the top 5 places to order nutritious vegetarian meals in Delhi NCR. With a team of 30 at present, the startup is planning to expand to other cities in India and also go international.
Application available on Android and iOS, Download it here www.onelink.to/acvquc
inOne (An application to manage all your apps)
Have you ever had to uninstall apps to make space for newer apps and more photos on your phone? Have you ever juggled across apps to find the cheapest option? inOne is an app which solves these problem by combining all apps from Zomato, Ola, Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, Housejoy, Zopnow and many more on one single platform.
By virtue of combining apps, inOne also helps users compare various providers and find the cheapest option for everything from a phone to a cab and even a plumber. inOne offers the unique proposition to a user where it saves them space, time and money! Their vision is to bid goodbye to installing apps and make most apps available to the user at the click of a button.
Launched last year, the app became an instant hit and was the number one new shopping app in the first week of its launch. It has been downloaded by over 20000 users and the team has an exciting go-to-market strategy to reach a million plus users over the next few months. The founding team consists of Rahul Gupta from IIT Kanpur/IIM Bangalore, Ankit Sharma from PEC Chandigarh and Aashish Gupta from PEC Chandigarh. They have raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Puneet Gupta of Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, Savio Joseph Director of UBS and Vinay Gupta Executive Director of DBS.
inOne is headquartered in Gurgaon. The application is available on Google PlayStore: https://goo.gl/582tc3
Falhari (Application for subscription based fruit delivery service)
Falhari is a rapidly growing name in the corporate hubs of Gurgaon that fulfils all your cravings for fruits and desire to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Gulshan Sharma (26), an energetic entrepreneur conceptualized Falhari as a subscription service, after surveying hundreds of individuals who wanted to eat fruits on a regular basis but ended up consuming widely available junk food. The problem was manifold as a) lack of time and expertise in choosing best fruits b) peeling, packaging and carrying involved a lot of efforts and c) making it a routine was difficult due to lack of availability as opposed to junk which includes packaged juices with artificial sweetener and preservatives.
This led him to gather the expertise of nutritionists, engineers from IIT and physicians to serve his customers with a daily dose of 5 fruit energy box containing handpicked, freshly cut fruits – customized for each individual subscriber. Falhari has further innovated by collaborating with Ayurveda practitioners who read the three nadis and give personalized dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
In last 2 years, operations have been streamlined and Falhari today has its own delivery mechanism to ensure that a fruit box reaches the office desk within 45 minutes of preparation and temperature is maintained throughout its journey.
Starting at INR 449/week, the subscription is managed with an android application which allows the user to postpone a box to a later date. Falhari is a bootstrapped, profitable venture and employs a staff of 10 including a couple of ‘divyang’ workers. Having served over one lakh boxes and having recently piloted with outlets in offices, on-demand delivery option and a variety of salads, the startup is now ready to enter its next phase of growth and is open to talk to potential investors.
Application to be available on Android: http://bit.ly/2oCbsm4
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