1. Graviky Labs: Converting air pollution to ink
Graviky labs was founded by Anirudh Sharma, Nikhil Kaushik, Nitesh Kadyan. The company has raised Rs 80 lakh at a valuation of Rs 80 crore.
Last year, Delhi knocked every other city in the world to bag the position of being the world’s most polluted city. In Delhi, TERI says 35% of the total pollution is due to vehicle tailpipe emissions, road dust, and industries. The numbers are terrifying, but if Graviky Labs has the solution, pollution from vehicles can be a thing of the past.
According to Sharma Air Pollution Soot includes the fine black particles this is smaller than dust and mold and is about 1/30 the diameter of a human hair. It can travel deep into the lung, where the compounds it consists of can do some serious damage.
The startup uses proprietary technology, Kaalink, to capture soot emitted from vehicles. “Kaalink is a contraption retrofitted to the exhaust pipe of vehicles to capture the outgoing pollutants. This does not affect vehicle/engine performance. Soot collected by Kaalink undergoes various proprietary processes to remove heavy metals and carcinogens. The end product is purified carbon based pigment. In the final stage, the carbon is taken through another chemical process to make different types of inks and paints.
Let see this year if the company does what it promises.
2.Rocketeers Research Institute
Founded by Divyanshu Poddar company has a revenue of Rs 20 lakh (May 2015 – Sept 2016).
Twenty-six-year-old Divyanshu Poddar believes that every class has kids that are awed by the journey of Neil Armstrong, dream about rockets, and wish to explore space. It is to save those children from losing their way that Poddar started his rocket science based company called Rocketeers.
Poddar, who quit his job with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), says he wants to keep the fire kindling in these children and provide them with guidance to become a part of an industry, which he claims is growing at 300% and has great potential.
After struggling with the legal and the bureaucratic tangles, Poddar conceptualized and launched Rocketeers in May last year as a pilot program. Through the last 18 months, the startup has already interacted with 40,000 children in some or the other manner and conducted workshops for 5000 students who have built and launched around 7,000 model rockets.
However, these workshops were only to validate the concept, explore the potential of the idea and the feasibility of the concept. Poddar is now busy working on his next big launches: Rocketeers Research Institute and Specific Impulse Technologies.
3. Boltt Sports Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Founded by Arnav Kishore & Aayushi Kishore the company has a headcount of 60+ and raised $1 million through Promoter capital and Seed Funding.
A shoe that intensifies your running gait, wristbands that tracks and logs your daily activities wirelessly and an AI-backed mobile application that monitors a variety of health-related information – these are just a few inventions spawned by advances in wearable technology by Delhi-based Boltt – and the company is only getting started.
“We create products and services that empower people to live better and fitter,” says the co-founder of the wearable tech company, Arnav Kishore. “From improving fitness scientifically to tracking and furthering health goals, our platform will hold a mirror to users’ health in a whole new way,” he adds.
Boltt launched this year, with plans to unveil the product at the CES global consumer electronics exhibition in Las Vegas. In the future, the company expects its technology to have applications beyond personal fitness.
4. StanPlus: The Uber for ambulances
Stanplus is founded by Antione Poirson, Prabhdeep Singh, and Jose Leon.
According to StanPlus, co-founder and CEO Prabhdeep Singh, 75% of the patients who need an ambulance use their own personal vehicle to reach a hospital and 30% of those brought in by an ambulance arrive dead. It is to change these horrific statistics that Singh started his ambulance aggregation and standardization startup, StanPlus, along with two co-founders – Antoine Poirson and Jose Leon.
“We are building India’s largest private medical helpline and consolidating private ambulances to service this helpline. The objective is to reduce the time it takes for an ambulance to reach a patient from the current average time of 40 minutes to less than 15 minutes. These ambulances are optimized according to patients’ needs and use the power of the network to match the patient with the closest hospital that has facilities to take care of them. We are also standardizing the fare, care, and equipment,” explains Singh.
The startup does not simply aggregate the available ambulances, but also standardizes, trains drivers on CPR and first aid, quality checks the inside of the ambulances, among other things. It also provides a live tracking feature to the patients through SMS.
5. StoreKing- where even rural India can buy “everything”.
Founded by Sridhar Gundaiah, Storeking has a Headcount of 200+.For the funding, Mangrove Capital invested $2 million in storeking, followed by an investment of $4 million, Axiata Digital invested $16 million.
“I wanted to take an approach that would connect people in a way that they could understand the uses of technology in a simple yet utilitarian way and e-commerce was one way of doing that,” says the founder of the rural retail commerce provider Storeking.
The company reaches out to retailers in rural pockets of the country to try and convince them to install a StoreKing kiosk at their stores. Available for purchase at Rs 10,000, it contains an application that has over 80,000 products loaded into the system which customers can browse through and buy after paying the retailer. “The retailer can guide customers on how to navigate through the interface and once an order has been placed, they will get an SMS from Storeking in vernacular.