Successful Startups in Chennai | Chennai Startups [Exhaustive List]

The capital of Tamil Nadu has seen a considerable rise with respect to the startup culture in the last couple of years. The Tamil Nadu government continues to aggressively promote the blossoming of a startup ecosystem in the state. Hence, the sudden increase in the number of startups in Chennai and Chennai becoming India's fourth most active startup ecosystem needs no justification. Here are some of the top startups in Chennai.

Also read - If you are looking for list of startups in Chennai here is our exhaustive list of all recently funded startups in Chennai and other cities.

We have also covered startups from Kolkata, Lucknow and other major cities of India.

List of Best Startups in Chennai

Sulekha
NetMeds
BankBazaar
Flintobox
Zoho
Chrysalis
Lawbot
Freshworks
Wandertrails
Pipecandy
BigFDay
Perfint Healthcare
Avaza
Financial Software Systems (FSS)
Servion
Adjutas
Skill Angels
Waygum
Vue.ai
Kobzo

Sulekha

Founder: Satya Prabhakar

Year Founded: 1996

Industry: Service Directory

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Sulekha Logo | Startup Company in Chennai

Sulekha is a platform for consumers and business to connect with each other. Satya Prabhakar is the founder and CEO of Sulekha. Sulekha employs more than  1,300 people and has 14 offices around the globe in countries like the United States, Canada, UK, and UAE.

Satya is originally from Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Satya did his undergaduate studies in B.E. from NIT, Trichy and has worked with Philips. A studious and academically proficient individual, he secured admission to all the top four IIMs (Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, and Lucknow), but chose to pursue a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

NetMeds

Founder: Pradeep Dadha

Year Founded: 2015

Industry: Online Pharmacy

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Netmeds logo | Business Startup in Chennai

Netmeds is an online pharmacy which delivers pharmaceutical products to the customers' door. Netmeds has a wide range of healthcare products on its website. With strong marketing strategies and Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a brand ambassador, the startup is swiftly moving towards success.

Netmeds was founded by Pradeep Dadha, one of the most successful entrepreneurs to emerge out of Chennai. He worked at Dadha & Co., his family business. Netmeds has acquired several health startups including the recent acquisition of KiViHealth in 2019.


Also read: List of Pharmaceutical companies in India


BankBazaar

Founder: Rati Shetty

Year Founded: 2008

Industry: FinTech

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Bankbazaar Logo | Fintech Startup in Chennai

BankBazaar is Chennai-based fintech startup which has established its presence in India in just a few years. It allows customers to make payments and get loans through the online method. It basically functions like a bank minus the fact that you don’t have to go to different counters. The work is done in a jiffy while sitting at home!

Rati Shetty is the founder and Chief Product Officer at BankBazaar.com. She did her graduation from the University of Madras.

Flintobox

Founders: Arunprasad Durairaj, Vijaybabu Gandhi & Shreenidhi Srirangam

Year Founded: 2013

Industry: Education

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Flintobox Logo | Edtech Startup in Chennai

Every child is special and is engineered to learn something new everyday. When parents let their children use the internet, it puts a stop on the kid's imagination and creativity. Childhood is a time when engagement in physical activities should be at the peak, not in computer or mobile screens. Flintobox is a startup working to solve this problem. Parents can order a Flintobox which is a combination of different activity toys. The startup sends the box directly to your house every month. You can select the package which suits you the best.

Flintobox was founded by Arunprasad Durairaj, Vijaybabu Gandhi, and Shreenidhi Srirangam in 2013. They started the company to solve the problem of television addiction in children.

Zoho

Founder: Sridhar Vembu and Tony Thomas

Year Founded: 1996

Industry: Software Development

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Zoho Logo | Saas Company in Chennai

Zoho is among the top tech-startups in India. The Chennai based Zoho Corporation is a unicorn SaaS founded by Sridhar Vembu and Tony Thomas in 1996. Zoho provides a suite of products business management for all your business needs. It includes email sending client, finance management tool, and project management tool with over 40 million users across the globe. The Indian startup also has offices in Singapore, Japan, China, Tenkasi, Pleasanton, and California.

Chrysalis

Founders: Chitra Ravi

Year Founded: 2001

Industry: Education

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Chrysalis Logo | Edutech Startup in Chennai

Chrysalis has innovated an academic program for the formative years (2-12) years of a child’s education – “ThinkRoom”. ThinkRoom is designed with a vision of awakening the dormant potential in every child. The Curriculum (pedagogy) is created with a child-centric philosophy. ThinkRoom is an integrated academic program for maths, English, science and social studies in school. ThinkRoom is the synthesis of Product (Subject Books called Studios), Service Design (Continuous Professional Development training for teachers) and (Mitra Tab) Technology for Authentic Assessment.

In 2017, Chrysalis raised undisclosed amount of funding from Manterra and Gray Matters Capital ( GMC).

Also Read: Success Story of Chrysalis

Lawbot

Founder: Manasvini Krishna

Year Founded: 2016

Industry: LegalTech

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Lawbot Logo | LegalTech Startup in Chennai

Manasvini Krishna is a lawyer and a successful entrepreneur, who did his Bachelor of Legislative Law from National Law University, Bhopal. He then pursued his Master's degree from the University of Oxford. Before starting his own venture, he co-founded Samvad Partners in 2012. In 2016, he started Lawbot.ai.

Lawbot.ai is a legal AI platform which analyzes contracts through machine learning and natural language processing. It provides legal artificial intelligence powered by contract analysis.

Freshworks

Founder: Girish Mathrubootham

Year Founded: 2012

Industry: Cloud-based business management applications provider

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Freshworks Logo | IT Startup in Chennai

FreshWorks provides cloud-based business management applications to companies. The applications provided by Freshworks are:

  • Freshdesk - cloud-based customer support software.
  • FreshService - online IT service management software.
  • FreshCaller - cloud-based call center software provider.
  • Freshchat - enterprise chat application.
  • FreshSales - sales CRM software.
  • Freshmarketer - marketing software for digital marketers.
  • Freshconnect - an enterprise collaboration software.
  • Freshping - website monitoring tool.
  • Freshteam -  Recruit people, manage all employee data and time on one place.
  • Freshrelease - Agile project management software for developing teams.
  • Freshstatus - Setup your hosted public page in one click.

Freshworks offers subscription-based pricing model. It has worked with companies like Honda, Toshiba, Cisco, Lenskart, Zoom, Zomato, UNICEF, Team Viewer, Carat Lane, and Money Corp.

Wandertrails

Founder: Vishnu Menon, Pranav Kumar, Sruti Chander, Hari Nair, and Narayan Menon

Year Founded: 2016

Industry: Travel and Tourism

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Wandertrails Logo | Travel and Tourism Startup in Chennai

Wandertrails is a travel tech business and caters to individual interests of the customer that includes something unique in its schedule settings. It is an online platform enabling on-demand booking of experiences indigenous to a particular location as well as related experiential accommodation to compliment these experiences. Wandertrails is operating in a curated marketplace model with a strong emphasis on integrity and depth of listings. The authenticity of every experience is ensured. Wandertrails does it through an on-ground audit and professional creative shoot. This year in March it raised $1 million dollars.

Pipecandy

Founder: Murali Vivekanandan, Ashwin Ramaswamy, and Shrikanth Jagannathan

Year Founded: 2016

Industry: E-commerce Analytics

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Pipecandy Logo | Chennai Based Startup

PipeCandy is an eCommerce-focused predictive insights platform. It tracks over 5 lac modern eCommerce companies and delivers insights to marketers, investors, and analysts. The founders of this successful startup are Murali Vivekanandan, Ashwin Ramaswamy, and Shrikanth Jagannathan. The company also functions from San Francisco, California.

Pipecandy has raised around $1.1 million. It has attracted many investors curious about hunting down nuances in the system to increase sales and therefore, higher probability to seal the deal. The 'Emergent Ventures India' is funding the startup alongside many other companies like 'IDG Ventures', 'Axilor Ventures', and the 'Indian Angel Network'.

BigFDay

Founder: Utkarsh Singhania

Year Founded: 2014

Industry: Event Management

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BigFDay Logo | Event Management Company in Chennai

BigFday is an online marketplace for event services, be it wedding, birthday, corporate event, or just a night out with friends. BigFday helps occasional and professional planners with the services required to host the event. Presently serving in Chennai, it works with 500+ venues and hundreds of professionals in the event industry.

Utkarsh Singhania is the founder and CTO of BigFDay. He has an MBA from Sikkim Manipal University and is a graduate from Anna University.

Avaza

Founder: Ajit Narayanan

Year Founded: 2014

Industry: Tech

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Avaza Logo | Startup in Chennai

Avaza is a tech startup. It works for children challenged with communication disorders, autism develops language, cerebral palsy and down syndrome. Avaza boasts of India's first augmentative and alternative communication device for children with disabilities.

Ajit Narayanan is the inventor of Avaza. He is a graduate from IIT, Madras with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. Before starting Avaza, he was the CEO of Chongchong English in California. He was awarded the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities by the President of India in 2010.

Perfint Healthcare

Founder: S Nandakumar

Year Founded: 2005

Industry: Healthcare

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Perfint Logo | Healthcare Startup in Chennai

Perfint Healthcare develops diagnostic equipment for the oncology space. Its image-guided equipment uses medical image processing and robotics to help clinicians plan and execute CT-guided cancer biopsies, drug delivery, and ablation of small tumors. The product catalog includes:

  • MAXIO - An image-guided, physician controlled stereotactic accessory to a Computed Tomography (CT) system.
  • ROBIO EX - A CT & PET-CT guided robotic positioning system that assists with fast and accurate tumor.
  • NAVIOS -  A computer based, workflow assistance solution, for CT guided percutaneous ablation procedures. Norwest Venture Partners, Accel and Chiratae Ventures have invested $ 40 Million in Perfint.

Financial Software Systems (FSS)

Founder: Nagaraj Mylandla

Year Founded: 1991

Industry: Electronic payment

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FSS Logo | Product Based Startup in Chennai

Financial Software Systems (FSS) offers business value in the areas of electronic payments and financial transaction processing solutions & services. Headquartered in Chennai, FSS has established a global footprint in Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Singapore, and the United States of America. FSS delivers the complete spectrum of offerings through its two business divisions:

  • FSSTechnologies – Offers clients with a single-window view of solutions and services like systems integration, offshore development, product sustenance, project management and implementation, upgrade and migration services, product testing and certification, application testing, onsite technical support, and 24/7 global helpdesk support.
  • FSSNeT– Offers hosted payment processing services across all delivery channels including ATMs, POS, Internet, and Mobile with authorization by bank hosts, interchanges and co-networks. Premji Invest, Jacob Ballas Capital, and New Enterprise Associates have invested $ 127 Million in FSS.

Servion

Founder: Kavikkal Balakrishnan and N Raghunandan

Year Founded: 1991

Industry: Application Software

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Servion Logo | Startup IT Company in Chennai

Servion enables business transformation for enterprises in the area of customer experience management (CEM). Servion is platform led solution provider focused on enhancing customer experience by automating and integrating customer interaction channels. Servion provides IP platforms like

  • ServDesignSM - Knowledge-based consulting framework that enables you to deliver an on-brand customer experience.
  • ServIntuitSM - Omni-channel customer experience platform that connects all enterprise channel applications such as chat, voice, website, mobile, email , video and AR/VR.
  • ServInsightsSM - Contact center analytics platform that enables multi-channel and enterprise integration.
  • ServCloudTM - Adaptable cloud-based CX-platform that gives enterprises the power of optimal operations and omni-channel customer experience.
  • ServCareSM - Offers the right support to contact centers, unified communication and collaboration solutions, enabling your enterprises to deliver flawless customer experience.

These platforms enable enterprises to drive the true value of their CX investments and build their Customer Engagement Hub. Over the past two decades, Servion has evolved from being a single channel (voice) interaction expert to being an industry pioneer in omni-channel customer experience.

Adjutas

Founder: Ani

Year Founded: 2016

Industry: IT Services

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Adjutas Logo | IT Company in Chennai

The essence of Adjutas is to give the customer the best IT experience. It is trusted by more than 200 companies. This is an intelligent cloud-based helpdesk cum service desk and asset management software. It helps in all the major management areas like assets, vendor, etc. along with multi-channel support and reports. The website allows you 14-day free trial so you know you are trusting the right brand and right company.

Skill Angels

Founder: Saravanan Sundaramoorthy

Year Founded: 2013

Industry: E-Learning

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Skill Angels Logo | E-learning Startup in Chennai

Skill Angels is a Chennai based startup. It aims at helping kids in their cognitive development through various games present on the website. The startup was founded in the year 2013.

Skill Angels exists to transform classroom students into the employees of the future. The company is working with a team of education visionaries, development experts, and clinical psychologists who came together to go that extra mile, alter the average education experience, and create champions of tomorrow.

Waygum

Founder: Sundar Krish

Year Founded: 2015

Industry: Industry Softwares

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Waygum Logo | Software Comapny in Chennai

With the increase in the rate of smartphone usage, industries are also embracing tech for operations. Waygum.io provides a smart way for factories to manage operations on mobile. With the Waygum app, managers can easily keep a tab on everything that's happening in the factory. Their employees can report them easily on the same application. Sundar Krish, the founder, is an IIT Madras graduate. Krish is currently working on his new startup AppSecFlo in Silicon Valley.

Vue.ai

Founders: Ashwini Asokan

Year Founded: 2015

Industry: AI-based visual search and product recommendation

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Vue.ai Logo | AI Companies in Chennai

Vue.ai is an image recognition platform by Mad Street Den, an Artificial Intelligence company. Vue.ai is an end-to-end retail automation platform that is redesigning the future of fashion retail through Artificial Intelligence. Using image recognition and data science, Vue.ai extracts catalog data, analyzes it for user behavior, and helps you to improve customer experiences, drive conversions, and reduce costs. Vue.ai helps you digitally map your products' DNA to create one-of-a-kind retail experiences for your customers and translate product information into the language your teams can understand and use to make business decisions. Vue.ai has received funding of $ 28 Million from Falcon Edge Capital, Global Brain, and Sequoia Capital.

Kobzo

Founders:  Vineet Neeraj, Mohan Gayam, and Karthik Ramaiah

Year Founded: 2012

Industry: Information Technology & Services

Kobzo Logo | Ecommerce Company in Chennai

Formerly known as Kobster, Kobzo is an ecommerce website that caters to all small and medium enterprises, startups, and home businesses for their office supply needs. Kobzo helps corporate buyers, retailers, SMEs, home offices, hotels, hospitals etc. to meet organizational goals seamlessly and efficiently. Today, Kobzo has 1 lakh+ business products in multiple categories namely manufacturing, construction, office supplies, hospital and lab, electronics, automobile, education, hotels, and restaurants.

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This is our list of prominent startups and successful entrepreneurs from Chennai. Hope this list spurs you to act on your business idea.

If you know about any other Chennai based startup that's not covered in this list, do comment. We would love to include them in this list of startups.

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