Delhi is making great strides on its path to become the hottest startup destination in the country with more than 1500 startups. The list describes some of the most successful startups in Delhi that are performing tremendously great and are aiming to leave a lasting impact in the business world.
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Founders: Deepinder Goyal, Pankaj Chaddah, and Gaurav Gupta
Founded in: 2008
Industry: Food Delivery
Zomato was intially launched as Foodiebay, an online marketplace to search for and review restaurants. As of now, Zomato is the biggest food delivery business in India and counted among the top startups across the globe in this domain. If you’re a hardcore foodie, chances are you would have already used Zomato's services. Zomato is operational in over 20 countries, adding new destinations to its list with passing time. They have also ventured into events, and grocery sourcing for restaurants. With over millions of dollars in funding. the company stands at a valuation of approximately $3.6 Billion dollars in 2019 as per HSBC.
Zomato (Foodiebay) was founded by Pankaj Chaddah, Gaurav Gupta and Deepinder Goyal in 2008. Deepinder came up with the idea of Foodiebay seeing his colleagues consistently ask for paper menu leaflets of different restaurants for ordering food. The solution was an app which digitized these paper menus and leaflets, making it easier to browse through the menus of different restaurants from the comfort of one's phone.
Founders: Azhar Iqubal, Anunay Arunav, and Deepit Puryakshatha
Founded in: 2013
InShort aggregates trending news from different sites such as Economic Times, TOI, The Hindu, etc. into crisp 60-words pieces for readers who can't spare time for going through detailed news content. InShort also provides personalized news based on an individual's preferences. Its AI engine intuitively understands what you like reading, and delivers more of that in a single feed. InShort in short (pun intended), is the perfect solution for your quick dose about the events happening around you. It has received over $20 million dollars in funding by the founders of Flipkart, Sachin and Binny Bansal.
The trio of Azhar Iqubal, Anunay Arunav, and Deepit Puryakshatha started InShort in 2013. Anunay did his M.Tech from IIT Delhi and Deepit did his Master's from IIT Kharagpur. Azhar, on the other hand, is an IIT Delhi dropout.
Founder: Kunal Bahl
Founded in: 2010
Snapedal is one of the biggest startup companies in Delhi. It was founded by Kunal Bahl in 2010 as a platform for daily deals and coupons. After tasting success, the founder thought of expanding the company further as an online ecommerce store in 2011. The company received its first round funding in 2011; it was $12 million from Nexus Venture Partners and Indo-US Venture Partners. The company is facing a downfall in sales at the moment. However, it is still seen among the top 10 ecommerce ventures in India.
Founders: Bipin Preet Singh and Upasana Taku
Founded in: 2009
Mobikwik is one of the biggest SaaS startup in Delhi. Mobikwik is a virtual mobile wallet usable at more than 2,50,000 online and offline avenues. It was founded by a husband-wife couple: Bipin Preet Singh & Upasana Taku. MobiKwik sees an average transaction size of Rs 700. The company claims to be growing at a steady rate of 20 percent MoM, which is a tad lower than the growth rate during demonetisation. The company was bootstrapped, with Bipin investing $250,000 of his own. Since then, Mobikwik has received a total of over $115 million through 6 rounds of funding.
Green Cure Wellness
Founder: Sanchit Garg
Founded in: 2015
Green Cure Wellness manufactures herbal personal care and health care products of international quality. Green Cure has a team of scientists in Germany who develop high quality formulations which are as per European norms. While, it has another team of Ayurvedic specialists in India who make sure that these products are in line with Indian needs.
Green Cure Wellness is a bootstrapped startup. The raw materials are sourced from Germany and Australia from companies with proprietary technology. These ingredients also have international certifications like NPA, Cosmos Ecocert, ISO, WHO-GMP, Kosher, NOP and HACCP
To know more about the startup, read How GreenCure is Revolutionizing Healthcare with Ayurveda and German Expertise
Founder: Kevin Mittal
Founded in: 2008
Industry: Social Media
Hike is a messaging app cum social network. It was one of the top social media startup in India when it started. The company was the idea of Kavin Mittal. Kavin Mittal did his master's from Imperial College, London. He is the son of Bharti Enterprises' founder and chairman, Sunil Mittal. Hike raised its first funding of $7 million from Bharti and Softbank. It received another $14 million from the same investors. Since then, they have raised more than $200 million, mainly from Tiger Global, Tencent, and Foxconn.
Founder: Sahil Chalana
Founded in: 2014
Collegedunia is a college search engine helping students find the perfect institution. Collegedunia gathers and maintains information on higher education, both in India and abroad. It claims to feature more than 20,000 colleges, institutes, and universities, along with data on one million fees structures on its platform.
Sahil Chalana started Collegedunia in 2014. Sahil graduated from BITS Pilani. He bootsrapped Collegedunia as a lead generation platform for educational institutes. Later, he received a funding of Rs. 1 Crore from Umang Kumar.
Founders: Akhil Malik, Dharmveer Singh Chouhan, Paavan Nanda, Varun Tiwari, Chethan Singh Chouhan, and Abhishek Bhutra
Founded in: 2013
Zostel is a Delhi based startup and India’s first chain of backpackers' hostels offering secure, hygienic, and pocket-friendly accommodation. It's the go-to place for wanderlust backpackers on a pocket-friendly budget. Since its inception in 2013, Zostel has become one of the most successful companies in Delhi, expanding its network to over 20 Indian cities.
Founders: Gaurav Kapahi, Nishchal Khetarpal
Founded in: 2016
GoldSeat provides the bus travel to passengers and offers WiFi-connectivity on bus. GoldSeat offers two great ways to access seamless offline entertainment. One, it offers free WiFi to passengers inside the bus. Secondly, it has a wide collection of movies that travelers can access either on the GoldSeat screens installed in the bus, or on one's mobile by downloading the GoldSeat mobile app.
In June 2018, GoldSeat raised $ 3 million funding. GoldSeat has recently collaborated with Railyatri.in for its Intercity Smart Buses. It currently offers services to private players across Northern and Western regions, including Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Delhi, and cities in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Karnataka.
To know more about the startup, read the Sucess story of Goldseat
Founders: Nitin Saluja and Raghav Varma
Founded in: 2012
Chaayos is an online tea delivery and cafe chain launched out of Delhi. The company focuses on providing authentic taste without super high expenditure. Chaayos is just for all those ‘Chaifreaks’ (not forgetting about the coffee lovers) wanting the best sip out of their cup.
With Starbucks and Cafe Coffee Day seen as ameer laundo ki jagah (Hindi phrase for "place for the rich"), Chaayos ensures that the Indian middle-class population doesn't feel left out. The company has established its chain of cafes in 6 Indian cities since starting out in 2012. It is one of the best startup in Delhi and it is constantly expanding its business.
Founder: Sameer Aggarwal
Founded in: 2018
REVFIN is a financial technology (Fintech) start-up. Revfin is aimed at building the world’s most advanced digital lending platform. The platform will be used to underwrite and manage consumer loans to finance clean technologies through its own NBFC.
Revfin provides 2 types of loan.
1. Regular Personal Loan : this loan can be taken for a variety of purposes and is paid back in equal monthly installments.
2. RevLoan : an unsecured credit limit that you can use at any time per your need. In this, you can draw down any amount in denominations of Rs.1,000 up to your credit limit.
Investors in Revfin are Harash Jain (CEO, Litejoy International and UK-based businessperson), Anil K Goyal (Founder, Anil K Goyal and Associates), Anil Lanba (Senior Technology Executive, EVP Pyramid Consulting) and Krishan B Singh (Investor based in New York).
To know more about this Delhi based startup, you can read about the journey of Revfin to bring Financial Inclusion In tier II and III Cities
Founder: Rana Atheya
Founded in: 2007
Online food delivery for people sounds too mainstream right? Dogspot has disrupted this segment by making it possible for dog owners to have food for their pets ordered online. Dogspot is India’s largest online store for pet supplies. This Delhi based startup has redefined teh definition of pet care, making pet ownership easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Funded by Business Tycoons like Ratan Tata and Ronnie Screwvala, the company has taken huge leaps since its early days.
Founders: Sachin Bhatia, Hitesh Dhingra, and Rahul Kumar
Founded in: 2013
Industry: Dating App
The Indian version of Tinder, Trulymadly is considered the best dating and matchmaking app in India. Unlike tinder and other dating apps where the results are overwhelmed with hundreds of useless matches, TrulyMadly only showcases up to 10. The app requires you to fill up your profile through a series of questionnaires and based on the results, it links you to the ideal partner.
Founders: Shreya Mishra, Pranay Surana, and Tushar Saxena
Founded in: 2015
The startup wanted to do something different than the others out there. It wanted to explore a niche that wasn't over-exploited. So, Flyrobe chose to offer rental of clothes for weddings and other occassions. It has an excellent range on offer, one that's full of high-quality, reliable material. Flyrobe has also partnered with the big labels like Ritu Kumar, Masaba Gupta, and others. It has achieved a milestone of more than 5,00,000 app downloads.
Founders: Ruchi Gupta, Dr. Ravinder Pal Singh Malhotra & Dr. Gurdeep Singh Ratra
Founded in: 2016
3Hcare is an online marketplace for healthcare services. It provides detailed information on healthcare services provided PAN India. A user can simply log on to 3Hcare’s website and find nearby diagnostics and hospitals as per his requirements.
3Hcare provides two services:
Diagnostics - With over 1500 labs and test centers (NABL accredited) to choose from over 50+ locations throughout India.
Plan My Surgery – An innovation by which the patient can plan their surgeries with the best of the surgeons at the viable cost & schedule. Moreover, a price comparison is available and the patient is also able to seek time availability and appointment with the best in class doctors and hospitals.
3Hcare received an angel funding of Rs 65 lakh, just within 11 months of its inception. The funds were used to develop the IT infrastructure and enhance the other vertical. Recently 3Hcare also raised second round of funding of USD 1 million.
To know more about the startup, read 3Hcare - Helps You Find the Best Healthcare Services
Founders: Enda Noone and Nilisha Kholi
The duo started the company in Delhi with a goal to curate a brand of artistic handicrafts to prevent this cultural and heritage skill from fading into oblivion. The two took a sabbatical from work and began working on Ikka Dukka in 2013. Launched in 2014, Ikka Dukka sells exquisite, affordable collection of jewelry starting from Rs. 1,800. Ikka Dukka also sells home décor and bags in addition to jewelry. The Delhi startup is upscaling the popularity of handicrafts.
Founder: Karan Kholi
Imperial Knots is an e-commerce website selling rugs and carpets. All Imperial Knots products are representative of artistic designs, aesthetic colors, and comfort—offering high standard floor coverings for your beautiful homes. The brand offers over 5,000 exclusive designs and is relentlessly creating new designs in line with changing market trends. Its flat weave rugs and hand tufted modern carpets have attained immense popularity in recent years. The company has tie-ups with various websites such as Pepperfry, Amazon, Urban Ladder, and Ikka Dukka for showcasing its products.
Founder: Paras Chopra
Founded in: 2010
Industry: Software Development
Wingify provides Visual Website Optimizer to assist marketing professionals increase sales and conversions on their websites using various techniques like A/B testing and others. Wingify is offering a multivariate testing tool to deal with behavioral targeting, tracking visitors, usability testing, etc.
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