Chennai Startups | Successful Startups in Chennai [Exhaustive List]

The Tamil capital has shown a considerable rise in the past couple of years regarding startup culture in the country. The Tamil Nadu government itself has been promoting the startup ecosystem in the state. Hence, we can see a sudden up-rise in the number of startups in Chennai. So here are some startups that made it to the chart.

You can also let us know in the comment if we have left any Chennai startup in this list. We would love to include them in this list of startups.

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

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

Sulekha

Founder: Satya Prabhakar

Year Founded: 1996

Industry: Service Directory

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Satya Prabhakar is the founder and CEO of Sulekha. It is a platform for consumers and business to connect with each other. Sulekha employs more than  1,300 people and has 14 offices around the globe including United States, Canada, UK, and UAE. Presently, the company is going through losses.

Satya is originally from Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Satya got his B.E. from NIT, Trichy and has worked with Philips. He gained admission into all the top four IIMs (Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, and Lucknow) but chose to do MS in Computer Science at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

NetMeds

Founder: Pradeep Dadha

Year Founded: 2015

Industry: Online Pharmacy

Netmeds | Startups in Chennai

Netmeds is an online pharmacy which delivers all the pharmacy products on the door of the customers. Netmeds has a wide range of healthcare products on its site. With its good marketing all around the country with Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a brand ambassador, the startup is swiftly moving towards success.

Netmeds was founded by Pradeep Dadha. He used to work at Dadha & Co. which is his family business. Dadha & Co. is another reason for the success of Netmeds because its products are trusted by the people from 100s of years. You can read our Startup Story of Netmeds to know about it.

Lawbot

Founder: Manasvini Krishna

Year Founded: 2016

Industry: LegalTech

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Manasvini Krishna is a lawyer and an entrepreneur, who did his Bachelor of Legislative Law from National Law University, Bhopal. He later went for his Masters at University of Oxford. Before starting his own venture, he started Samvad Partners in 2012. In 2016, he started Lawbot.ai.

Lawbot.ai is a legal AI platform which analyzes contracts with 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 provides cloud-based business management applications to companies. The applications which Freshworks provide include

  • 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 & Narayan Menon

Year Founded: 2016

Industry: Travel & Tourism

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Wandertrails is a travel tech business that builds on catering 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 complimenting 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. They do 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 & Shrikanth Jagannathan

Year Founded: 2016

Industry: E-commerce Analytics

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PipeCandy is an eCommerce focused predictive insights platform. It tracks over 5 lac modern eCommerce companies and delivers insights to marketers, investors & 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 that can lead to an increase in sales hence higher chance for a deal. The 'Emergent Ventures India' is funding the startup with 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 is an online marketplace for event services let it be wedding, birthday, corporate event or just a night out with friends. BigFday will be helping occasional and professional planners with the required services for an event. Presently serving in Chennai they work with all 500+ venues and 100s of professionals in the event industry.

Utkarsh Singhania is the founder and CTO of BigFDay. He has pursued his MBA from Sikkim Manipal University. He got his graduation from Anna University.

Avaza

Founder: Ajit Narayanan

Year Founded: 2014

Industry: Tech

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Avaza is a tech startup. It works for children who are challenged with communication disorders, autism develops language, cerebral palsy and down syndrome. It is 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  B.Tech 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 Healthcare develops diagnostic equipment for oncology space. Their 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. Its products are :

  • 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, Chiratae Ventures have invested $ 40 M in Perfint.

BankBazaar

Founder: Rati Shetty

Year Founded: 2008

Industry: FinTech

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BankBazaar is Chennai-based fintech which has made it presence felt across the country in just a few years. It allows customers to make payments, get loans through the online method. It basically functions like a bank, except the fact that you don’t have to go to different counters and work is done sitting at home quickly and fast.

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

Financial Software Systems (FSS)

Founder: Nagaraj Mylandla

Year Founded: 1991

Industry: Electronic payment

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Financial Software Systems (FSS) offers business value in the areas of electronic payments and financial transaction processing solutions & services. Headquartered in Chennai, India, 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, New Enterprise Associates have invested $ 127 M in FSS.

Servion

Founder: Kavikkal Balakrishnan, N Raghunandan

Year Founded: 1991

Industry: Application Software

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Servion enables business transformation for enterprises in the area of customer experience management (CEM). Servion is platforms led solution provider who is focused on enhancing the customer experience by automating & 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 - offer the right support to contact centers, unified communication and collaboration solutions, enabling your enterprises to deliver flawless customer experience.

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

Skill Angels exists to transform the classroom students into the future employees. 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.

Zoho

Founder: Sridhar Vembu and Tony Thomas

Year Founded: 1996

Industry: Software Development

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Zoho Corporation is 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, project management tool with over 40 million users across the globe. Zoho has over 40 million users around the globe. The Indian startup also has offices in Singapore, Japan, China, Tenkasi, Pleasanton and California.

Waygum

Founder: Sundar Krish

Year Founded: 2015

Industry: Industry Softwares

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With the increase in the rate of smartphone usage, industries are also embracing tech for operations. Waygum.io provides a very smart way for factories to manage operations on mobile. With 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. The founder, Sundar Krish 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 is an Image recognition platform of 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 with Artificial Intelligence. Using Image Recognition and Data Science Vue.ai extracts catalog data, analyze it with user behavior and help 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 that your teams can understand and make business decisions with. Vue.ai has received funding of $ 28M from Falcon Edge Capital, Global Brain, Sequoia Capital.

Flintobox

Founders: Arunprasad Durairaj, Vijaybabu Gandhi & Shreenidhi Srirangam

Year Founded: 2013

Industry: Education

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Every child is special and can learn something new. But when parents let them use the internet, their imagination gets boundaries. Flintobox is a startup working to solve the same problem. Parents can order 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.

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