7 Global Startups Based Out Of Offbeat Indian Cities
Bangalore was recently ranked 15th in the 2015 Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking by ‘The Startup Genome Project’ from Compass.
While, the story of the ‘Silicon Valley of India’ has been hitherto covered, the startup revolution that is brewing in India’s offbeat cities, is calling for attention.
Non-traditional startup locations have joined Bangalore, making India the world’s fourth largest startup market by size; the country is expected to add 1,680 startups annually by 2020, according to NASSCOM .
Here is a list of 7 startups from offbeat cities that have a huge global reach:
1. ChargeBee – Chennai, India
About: “ChargeBee is a subscription billing platform that lets you bill, manage and understand your subscription based SaaS and eCommerce business easily”
2. Kayako – Jalandhar, Punjab
About: “The World’s leading multi-channel helpdesk and live chat software. Helpdesk Evolved”- Facebook/Kayako
Serves: 30,000 customers worldwide
CEO: Varun Shoor
Eureka Moment: Varun, a school dropout started Kayako from his bedroom in high school
3. Fusioncharts – Kolkata, West Bengal
Serves: 24,000 customers in 120 countries – includes big names like Google and Apple
CEO: Pallav Nadhani
Eureka Moment: Pallav, at the age of 16, developed Fusioncharts as an alternative to Microsoft Excel
4. OrganicShop – Jaipur, Rajasthan
About: “India’s largest dedicated online marketplace for certified organic cosmetics, food, health & wellness, textiles & clothing.”
Serves: customers in Europe through a joint venture ‘Online Organic Mart Europe ’ headquartered in Budapest.
CEO: Manuj TeraPanthi
Eureka Moment: Manuj, then an owner of a travel agency, started OrganicShop in 2011, to tap a clear gap in the organic industry in India.
5. CultureAlley – Jaipur, Rajasthan
About: “Learn languages for free with scientifically designed audio-visual lessons and interactive practice.”
Serves: over 450,000 registered learners across 200 countries
CEO: Nishant Patni
Eureka Moment: The idea came to Nishant while he was on an exchange program in Shanghai. As a vegetarian he found it hard to explain in Mandarin that he doesn’t eat any fish, eggs or even chicken broth – things considered veggie by the locals
6. Appointly – Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
About: “Appointy is an online scheduling software for small and medium sized businesses to help them grow exponentially”
Serves: 19,000 businesses in over 78 countries,
CEO: Nemesh Singh
Eureka Moment: Nemesh started freelancing for a living when he did not get a job in 2001. Nemesh realised a majority of websites asked for a scheduling page. So he first created a script that would schedule then created a product that would do the same.
7. Husk Power Systems – Patna, Bihar
About: “ Aims to electrify rural India”
Serves: About 200,00 people and has saved about 9,244,800 litres of kerosene
CEO: Gyanesh Pandey
Eureka Moment: A chance encounter with a gasifier salesman where he learnt about how several rice millers in the state of Bihar were using the decades old technology of biomass gasification to power their mills using rice husk brought Gyanesh to Bihar from LA
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