Prominent Startups From Bangalore—The Silicon Valley Of India

Bangalore, now called Bengaluru, is the center of India's tech industry. It is famously referred to as the Silicon Valley of India and IT capital of India because of its role as the nation's leading information technology (IT) hub. Be it a large MNC or an emerging startup, you name it and Google Maps will show you one of it's offices in Bangalore! More often than not, it's going to be the company's headquarter that would show up; that's how popular Bengaluru with Tech organizations. It gives immense satisfaction to see India in the list of favorable destinations worldwide for incubation and the startup ecosystem in general, courtesy of Bangalore. Therefore, it would be no less than a crime for StartupTalky to not cover the popular startups of Bengaluru!

Before proceeding, if you know of any other startups in Bangalore, please let us know in the comment below. We will connect with them to feature their story.

We have also covered startups in Hyderabad, Chennai, and other major cities of India.

ZoomCar
MoneyTap
Zivame
GingerCup
Doodhwala
Colive
ZEFO
CamfyVision
GamesKraft
Amagi Media
HappyLocate
Corefactors
ShutApp
Babajobs
BlueStone
YouPlus
Lookup
HackerEarth
Tookitaki
Exotel
DailyRounds
Nanobi
BuyHatke
Hansel Software
Ezetap
Talview
Simplilearn
Systemantics
InstaScribe
Blackbuck
Flutura
CueMath

Zoomcar

Founders: Greg Moran and David Back

Industry: Car Rental

Founded In: 2013

Zoomcar | Startups in Bangalore

Zoomcar is the first company in India to focus on self-drive car rental. It was launched in 2012 by David Back and Greg Moran. The company allows people the freedom to rent vehicles, whether for one or more days. The customers are charged on an hourly or day basis, depending on their requirement. Zoomcar js dedicated to giving its customers mobility, convenience, and independence. The company operates in more than 15 cities including Bangalore, Pune, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Chennai.

Zoomcar initially raised capital from individual investors like Former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, Chair of the UK Institute of Directors Lady Barbara Judge, Vice-Dean of International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School William, P. Alford, Wharton Statistics Chair Edward George and the former Director of the Cambridge Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, Shai Vyakarnam. Institutional investors are Ford Motor Company, Sequoia Capital, Nokia Growth Partners, FundersClub, Basset Investment Group, Athene Capital, Empire Angels, Venture Souk, OurCrowd, and Globevestor.

Recently the company has introduced a new service called PEDL which is a bicycle-based rental service.

MoneyTap

Founders: Bala Parthasarathy, Kunal Varma, and Anuj Kacker

Industry: Fintech

Founded In: 2017

MoneyTap | Startups in Bangalore

The MoneyTap app, launched in partnership with the RBL Bank and several NBFCs, issues collateral-free credit up to a limit of Rs 5 Lac. People can choose from among several repayment options with respect to time, ranging from 2 to 36 months.

MoneyTap was founded by Bala Parthasarathy, Kunal Varma, and Anuj Kacker, who are IIT and ISB alumni. The startup raised seed funding of $12.3 million from Sequoia India, New Enterprise Associates, and Prime Venture partners in June 2017. To know more about the journey of MoneyTap, you can read MoneyTap's Success Story.

Zivame

Founders: Richa Kar and Kapil Karekar

Industry: Clothing

Founded In: 2011

Zivame | Startups in Bangalore

Zivame is an online lingerie store featuring hundreds of styles. Moreover, Zivame offers a wide range of products for women in the following categories—lingerie, active-wear, and an exhaustive collection of pajamas, boxers, housecoats, etc.

Zivame was founded by Richa Kar and Kapil Karekar in 2011. It is India’s leading online lingerie platform, offering more than 5,000 styles, 50 brands, and 100 sizes. It has raised a total of $57.5 million of funding from different sources. You can read the Success Story of Zivame to know more.

 GingerCup

Founders: Deepak Bansal and Devleena Neogi

Industry: Marketing

Founded In: 2015

GingerCup | Startups in bangalore

Gingercup is a creative advertising agency. It specializes in coffee and tea cup branding. The company help brands engage and interact with their target audience by printing marketing messages on paper cups. It helps brands reach out to their target group, especially during tea breaks at offices and colleges.

Deepak Bansal and Devleena Neogi founded GingerCup. The couple came up with the idea and launched it as a startup in 2015. Their client base include companies like BookMyShow, OYO, Nestaway, Uber, etc. GingerCup is backed by two angel investors, Sanket Gupta & Rahul Shah. To know more about the startup, read GingerCup Startup Story.

Doodhwala

Founders: Ebrahim Akbari and Aakash Agrawal

Industry: eCommerce

Founded In: 2015

Doodhwala | Startups in Bangalore

Doodhwala is the first company in Bangalore to bring fresh farm milk directly to customers. Along with milk, the startup also delivers fresh dairy products, groceries, fruits, and other daily essentials. People have to download the app to order from a list of more than 10,000 products. Currently, Doodhwala is operating in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune.

Ebrahim Akbari and Aakash Agrawal started Doodhwala in 2015. The startup has raised a funding of total $14.2 million in 3 rounds. You can read the Startup Story of Doodhwala to learn more about it.

 Colive

Founders: Suresh Rangarajan, Arun Singh, and Saurav Swami

Industry: Real Estate

Founded In: 2016

Colive | Startups in Bangalore

Colive is a Bangalore based co-living space provider. It offers ready to move-in homes equipped with modern tech-enabled safety features. Moreover, all the homes are fully serviced and professionally managed, not to mention the flexible offers and affordable options directed towards urban living. The spaces are designed especially for single professionals & young couples who prefer living in a social community comprising like-minded millennials.

Colive was founded by Suresh Rangarajan, Arun Singh, and Saurav Swami. Suresh is the CEO of Colive whereas Arun is Chief Investment Officer and Saurav is the vice president. The startup has raised a funding of $12 million mainly from Salarpuria Sattva Group and Ncubate Capital Partners with further backing from some angel investors. If you are interested in knowing more about the residential space facilitator, you can read the Starup Story of Colive here.

ZEFO

Founders: Rohit Ramasubramanian, Karan Gupta, Himanshu Joshi, and Arjit Gupta

Industry: Marketplace

Founded In: 2015

Zefo | Startups in Bangalore

Zefo is a Bangalore based online startup offering a marketplace for used goods. Zefo also works as a factory marketplace for furniture and appliances, where they run exchange programs for other companies like Urban Ladder. The team is also working with Flipkart on their appliances exchange programme.

Zefo was founded in August 2015, by Rohit Ramasubramanian, Karan Gupta, Himanshu Joshi, and Arjit Gupta. It boasts of Sequoia Capital, Beenext and Helion Ventures as its backers.

 CamfyVision

Founder: Vedpal Singh

Industry: Analytics

Founded In: 2018

CamfyVision is an analytics company. It has developed a facial recognition & analytics solution, ‘FacEAI-PRO’, which is based on deep-learning & computer vision. It can detect faces with great accuracy and track them using developed algorithms. Their algorithms are highly compatible with every kind of IP camera in both indoor and outdoor environments.

CamfyVision was founded by Vedpal Singh. The man has done his B.Tech from UPTU and M.Tech from Kurukshetra University. He did Ph.D. from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS in Malaysia. Prior to starting CamfyVision, he worked with Mindtree as a technical lead in computer vision & artificial intelligence. The CamfyVision skeleton crew consists of nine people. You can read CamfyVision's Success Story to know more.

 GamesKraft

Founder: Prithvi Singh

Industry: Gaming

Founded In: 2017

GamesKraft is a Bangalore based startup which creates online games for Indian users. It has two products: Rummyculture and Gamezy. Rummyculture is a rummy platform whereas Gamezy is a cricket game. Both games are based on reward systems and use real cash.

GamesKraft was founded by Prithvi Singh in 2017. Prithvi is an engineering graduate from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology. He raised a subsequent amount of his initial funds from his family and friends for starting GamesKraft. You should read the Startup Story of GamesKraft if you're aspiring to open a gaming parlor!

Amagi Media

Founders: A Srinivasan, Baskar Subramaniam, and Srividhya Srinivasan

Industry: Advertisement

Founded In: 2008

Amagi Media | Startups in Bangalore

Amagi Media is a Bengaluru based company selling advertisement spots on English, Hindi, and Kannada TV channels across major Indian cities. It allows advertisers to target cable TV subscribers across cities and regions by leveraging various TV channels. Outside India, it provides in-house technology to TV networks to assist them in delivering targeted ads or content.

Amagi Media Labs Pvt. Ltd. was the brainchild of K A Srinivasan, Baskar Subramaniam, and Srividhya Srinivasan in 2008. In 11 years, Amagi has successfully raised $45.2 million via 4 rounds of funding.

HappyLocate

Founders: Ajay Tiwari and Sainadh Duvvuru

Industry: Relocation and Transportation

Founded In: 2017

HappyLocate is a one-stop relocation solution. It automates and enables corporates to manage end to end employee relocations over mouse clicks, enhancing the efficiency and new hire joining experience with in-built approval system and 100% policy compliant migrations. With over 4,000+ relocation request catered till date, HappyLocate is currently one of the most preferred relocation partners in India. HappyLocate is available across 15,000+ PIN codes across India.

HappyLocate was founded by Ajay Tiwari in 2017.  Before starting HappyLocate, Ajay worked with companies like Teleperformance, Nokia and Vodafone in the HR department. HappyLocate is a preferred relocation partner for some of India's most prominent enterprises that includes but is not restricted to CocaCola, Nokia, ITC Infotech, OYO Rooms & ACKO Insurance.

Corefactors

Founders: Sharmila Sundaram and Vimal M.

Industry: Marketing CRM (SaaS)

Founded In: 2012

Corefactors provides all-in-one business management solutions. It integrates cross-functional responsibilities of marketing, sales, front desk, account management, and overall communication. The offering is a cloud-based device-agnostic product that inculcates personalized bulk SMS, bulk email, landing pages, click to call, and voice record campaigns. Supported by a cohesive, formdable tech team since 2012, Corefactors handholds the client from lead capture to lead conversion. The startup enables enterprises/SME's to segment contacts, run multi-channel campaigns, and increase their ROI monthly.

Corefactors was founded by Sharmila and Vimal. Sharmila is now the CEO of the company whereas Vimal leads business development. The company is funded by FHS Accelerator, AMNYK Group Inc, and  an individual investor, Sesh Shankar.

Ezetap

Founder: Abhijit Bose

Industry: Fintech

Founded In: 2011

Ezetap | Startups in Bangalore

Ezetap is a mobile-based payments company that collects electronic payments from debit and credit cards. Ezetap retails a pocket-sized point of sale (PoS), pin, and magnetic strip scanner. It not only reads the magnetic strips on credit and debit cards but can also convert mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and even Windows desktop PCs into PoS terminals.

Exetap is aggressively progressing in the last two years and has now launched the ‘Chota ATM’ in partnership with SBI (State Bank of India). Sanjay Swamy, managing partner at AngelPrime Partners invested in the company and came on board as co-founder and chairman. It was founded by Abhijit Bose and Bhaktha Keshavachar.

ShutApp

Founders: Vijay Goel, Sagar Ramteke, Naveen Chava, and Vivek Kumar

Industry: Social Media and Communication

Founded In: 2018

ShutApp is a social media and communication platform to help Indian youth better mediate their social interactions and presence. It empowers them to freely express their views and opinions without excruciating scrutiny and self-conflict. The app is bolstering the society in dealing with the issues of fake news, riots, and serious conflicts that tend to arise because of social media platforms.

ShutApp was founded by Vijay Goel in 2018. Goel is an IIT Kharagpur graduate. He was a Data Scientist at Fidelity Investments.

Babajob

Founder: Sean Blagsvedt

Industry: Recruitment Services

Founded In: 2007

Babajob | Startups in Bangalore

Babajob.com makes finding jobs easier and effective. Babajobs allow people to post their abilities online and also permits companies search for. For example, a company in dire need of an accountant can put the profile online, provide the job description with other details such as qualification, pay, work location, etc. Interested candidates can reply accordingly and build connectons.

Sean Blagsvedt initiated Babajob in 2007. He had eight years of work experience at the tech giant Microsoft before leaving it all to start Babajob. In 2017, Babajob was acquired by Quikr. Following the acquisition, Sean is busy as the growth head at Marco Polo.

BlueStone

Founder: Gaurav Kushwaha

Industry: Jewelry

Founded In: 2011

Bluestone sells an unmatched collection of certified jewelry. It has become one of the fastest growing online players, consistently achieving 2.5X revenues relative to the previous year. BlueStone claims to have grown by 150 percent year-on-year.

Gaurav Kushwaha launched BlueStone in 2011 when online shopping was garnering pace in India. It has raised $66.7 million from various capital ventures. One of its investors is Ratan Tata, the man strongly attributed to the Tata Group's success.

YouPlus

Founder: Shaukat Shamim

Industry: Video Search Engine

Founded In: 2014

YouPlus | Startups in Bangalore

YouPlus is a video opinion search engine. The company filters videos produced and published online, and gives out valid opinion on these videos to the public. YouPlus leverages keywords matching with videos to generate perspectives, similar to what Google does in the global market with its search engine. The company now has over 100 brands in countries such as the US, UK, and India.

YouPlus was founded in 2014 by Shaukat Shamim, who is the co-founder and CEO of the company. The company has received funding from numerous ventures but has not disclosed any financial details.

Lookup

Founder: Deepak Ravindran

Industry: Mobile Application

Founded In: 2014

Lookup | Startups in Bangalore

Lookup is a messaging app with a goal to connect you to local stores in your area and get experts on phone with you within minutes. It focuses on home delivery of grocery and easy booking of tickets for movies, comedy shows, etc. Lookup has made a massive name for itself in the city.

Deepak Ravindran started Lookup in 2014. Deepak is a graduate from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Lookup has now been acquired by NowFloats.

HackerEarth

Founder: Vivek Prakash

Industry: Software Development

Founded In: 2012

HackerEarth | Startups in Bangalore

HackerEarth is a management software company helping companies in recruitment and  candidates to fast-track their growth. The company has around 200 employees and aims to become better and larger with time.  

HackerEarth was founded by Vivek Prakash, a graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in 2012. With roots in Bangalore, HackerEarth has now shifted its headquarter to California.

Relevant Article: List of active angel investors in Bangalore

Tookitaki

Founder: Abhishek Chatterjee

Industry: Marketing

Founded In: 2012

Tookitaki | Startups in Bangalore

Tookitaki focuses on data intelligence with consumer behaviour discovery and prediction being the pith. It deals with media platforms and does planned marketing for its clients. Tookitaki makes sure the target audience is involved in the discussion and focus on building content around those lines.

Tookitaki was launched in 2012 by Abhishek Chatterjee. This Bangalore based startup has raised more than $8.5 million in 5 rounds of funding.

Exotel

Founders: Shivkumar Ganesan, Ishwar Sridharan, and Siddharth Ramesh

Industry: Customer Care Services

Founded In: 2011

Exotel | Startups in Bangalore

Exotel helps build a reliable connection with customers over voice & SMS. The company primarily focuses on phone calls and SMS(s) to save clients from the pains of investing in building a system specifically for such requirements. The company provides sales tools, marketing tools, support, productivity tools, and business intelligence services.

The trio of Shivkumar Ganesan, Ishwar Sridharan, and Siddharth Ramesh conceived Exotel in 2011. The company raised $705.9k in funding.

DailyRounds

Founders: Nimmi Cherian and Deepu Sebin

Industry: Forum

Founded In: 2013

DailyRounds | Startups in Bangalore

DailyRounds is an academic network for doctors. It came into existence in 2013 through the efforts of Nimmi Cherian and Deepu Sebin. It is a team of doctors and coders dedicated to building an ecosystem which fulfills the academic needs of medical professionals. The app is working on offering doctor analytics, sentiments, and case studies for pharma and medical devices industry.

Nanobi

Founder: Vinod C. V.

Industry: Analytics

Founded In: 2012

Nanobi | Startups in Bangalore

Nanobi Analytics is an analytical product company that radically wants to change the way the entrepreneurs make their companies promote, consume, create, and take action on analytics for business growth. The word Nanobi (nano + BI), represents the synergy from the company's tryst with analytics. Nanobi Analytics was started by Vinod C. V. in 2012.

BuyHatke

Founders: Gaurav Dahake, Prashant Singh, and Srikanth Sethumadhavan

Industry: eCommerce

Founded In: 2015

BuyHatke | Startups in Bangalore

BuyHatke is an online price comparison platform for products. It helps buyers compare prices from different websites and make the optimal purchase. The auto-apply coupon feature of the extension is highly revered by its users.

BuyHatke was founded by Gaurav Dahake, Prashant Singh and Srikanth Sethumadhavan. The IIT Kharagpur graduates have had a strong bond since their time at college. They raised an investment of $1Mn from Kris Gopalakrishnan in 2015.

Hansel Software

Founders: Ramamurthy, Parminder Singh, and Mudit Mathur

Industry: SaaS

Founded In: 2015

Hansel Software operates a toolkit named Hansel.io which provides mobile application management software. The company offers a platform allowing mobile developers to fix bugs, update configurations, edit user interfaces, and manage security policies of mobile applications.

Hansel Software Private Limited was founded by Ramamurthy, Parminder Singh and Mudit Mathur in 2015. The company raised a grand total of $5.4 million after three rounds of funding.

Talview

Founders: Sanjoe Jose, Jobin Jose, Subramanian K, and Tom Jose

Industry: SaaS

Founded In: 2017

TalView offers an online platform where users can conduct video interviews for pre-screening candidates as part of the recruitment process. Salient features of the product include allowing the users to setup interview invites, add and share questions, and finally, give verdicts on the chosen individuals.

Taleview was founded by Sanjoe Jose, Jobin Jose, Subramanian K and Tom Jose in 2017. The company has not disclosed any information about their 3 rounds of funding.

Simplilearn

Founder: Krishna Kumar

Industry: Edtech

Founded In: 2009

Simplilearn | Startups in Bangalore

Simplilearn is an online platform for professional training. The company offers more than 400 courses in the area of IT, programming, digital marketing, and project management. It also provides classroom workshops and online classes for businesses and enterprises, some of which are renowned Fortune 500 companies.

Krishna Kumar came up with the Simplilearn initiative in 2009. The company raised $31 million through 4 rounds of funding.

Systemantics

Founder: Jagannath Raju

Industry: Robotic Technology

Founded In: 1995

Formed in 1995, Systemantics is robotics firm building industrial robots for the manufacturing sector. It designs, manufactures, and markets factory automation components and systems. The company’s products include a pick-and-place robot used for small parts feeding and assembly.

Systemantics has received funds from venture capital Accel Partners, Infosys' co-founder Nandan Nilekani, and Blume Ventures. Systemantics tied up with the Government, and organizations such as Titan and Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) for robotic initiatives.

InstaScribe

Founder: Jaya Jha

Industry: Application

Founded In: 2013

InstaScribe is a medium for creating e-books. InstaScribe provides a WYSIWIG editor and intuitive ways of directly editing the e-book. It hands over control on format and semantics without having to worry about the technical details. A user can import content, directly edit and format it, auto-create TOC, easily fill up metadata, and upload a cover followed by exporting to various formats in one-click.

Instascribe was founded by bhaya Agarwal in 2013. Abhay is an IIT, Kanpur graduate and also the Co-founder of another startup called Pothi.com.

Blackbuck

Founders: Deepak Garg and Gazal Kalra

Industry: Logistics

Founded In: 2014

Blackbuck provides surface transport logistics services. It coordinates delivery trucks going between different cities using technology and operational processes. The company claims to be the largest trucking platform.

Blackbuck was founded by Rajesh Yabaji in 2014. The company received $285 Million in funding from different ventures in 6 rounds.

Flutura

Founders: Krishnan Raman, Srikanth Muralidhara, and Derick Jos

Industry: Industrial IoT

Founded In: 2012

Flutura is an Industrial IoT intelligence company emphasizing on machine to machine Big Data Analytics. Flutura’s IoT intelligence platform, Cerebra, streams machine signals and derive actionable insights to optimize asset, process, and operational efficiency using diagnostics, prognostics, and asset assessment.

Flutura was the combined idea of Krishnan Raman, Srikanth Muralidhara, and Derick Jose in 2012. It evolved out of Bangalore but is now headquartered at Palo Alto, US. The development centre still functions out of Bangalore.

CueMath

Founder: Manan Khurma

Industry: Edtech

Founded In: 2013

Cuemath was born with a vision to help students learn math in an interesting manner and overcome the difficulties related to the traditional blackboard learning method. It offers mathematics courses designed for a continuum of students, from kindergarten to high school. Cuemath uses math worksheets apps curated under the supervision of trained and certified teachers to ensure a rigorous curriculum which is fun at the same time. Teachers who can join the platform can also make money through it; it won't be wrong to call CueMath as a freelancing platform for teachers!

Manan Khurma started CueMath in 2013. Cuemath is available in five major Indian that include Chennai and Pune.

We hope this invigorating list of Bengaluru based incubations has awaken the entrepreneur in you!

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