The Tamil Capital has shown a considerable rise in the past couple of years regarding start-up culture in the country. The Tamil Nadu government itself has been promoting startup ecosystem in the state. So here are some startups that made it to the charts:
Satya Prabhakar is the founder and CEO of Sulekha which is a platform for consumers and business to connect with each other. The digital business has more than 1,300 employees and has 14 offices and has served areas such as United States, Canada, UK and UAE. The web portal has an animated commercial called ‘Arjuna the Archer’. The advertisement in 2008 Cannes Lions Bronze Award for ‘Animation under film craft’. Presently, the company is going through losses.
Satya is originally from Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Satya got his B.E. from NIT, Trichy and was previously working at Philips. He gained admission into all the top four IIM (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta and Lucknow) but did his MS in CS at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Manasvini Krishna, lawyer and an entrepreneur, who did his Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Legislative Law from National Law University, Bhopal and later went for his Master’s to the University of Oxford. Before starting his own venture, he started Samvad Partners from 2012-2014. In 2016, he started his own venture called 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. Krishna who had been the topper of his school with 96% in 12th CBSE Board, he plans to take his venture to another level.
There are five founders of Vishnu Menon, Pranav Kumar Suresh, Sruti Ramesh Chander, Hari Gangadharan Nair and Narayan Menon. 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. It is operating in a curated marketplace model with a strong emphasis on integrity and depth of listings. The authenticity of every experience is ensured through an on-ground audit and professional creative shoot. This year in March it raised $1 million dollars.
Chennai based e-commerce that focuses on sales prospecting program that 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.
PipeCandy is an eCommerce focused predictive insights platform. Predictive Analytics Platform that tracks over 5Lakhs modern eCommerce companies and delivers insights to marketers, investors & analysts. The co-founder Murali Vivekanandan with Ashwin Ramaswamy and Shrikanth Jagannathan. The company also functions from San Francisco, California.
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.
A start-up based in Chennai works with children who are challenges such as 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 in B.Tech in Electrical Engineering. Before starting this venture, 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.
Rati Shetty is the founder and Chief Product Officer at BankBazaar.com. She did her graduation from the University of Madras and has flourished this startup in such a massive way.
BankBazaar is a Chennai-based e-commerce 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.
The idea of Adjutas, another e-commerce, is to give the customer the best IT experience and it is trusted by more than 200 companies. This is an intelligent cloud-based helpdesk cum service desk and asset management software which goes beyond its service management capabilities. It helps in asset management, maintenance management, incident management, multi-channel support, vendor management and reports. The website allows you 14-day free trial so you know you are trusting the right brand and right company.
It has helped IT Managers and CIOs to effectively and efficiently manage their IT operations. Everything is made easy & simple to use but the underlying code is powerful and is over 100,000 lines long and constantly growing.
Skill Angels is a Chennai based start-up which aims at helping kids in their cognitive development through various games present on their website. A team of experts from clinical psychologists, education visionaries, development experts who want to the average education experience to change and create champions for better tomorrow for our country. Skill Angels was founded in the year 2013.
Skill Angels exists to transform the students of our classrooms into the employees of our workspaces. The company is working with a team of education visionaries, development experts and clinical psychologists have come together to go that extra mile, alter the average education experience and create champions of tomorrow.
Zoho Corporation is SaaS founded by Sridhar Vembu and Tony Thomas in 1996. Zoho provides a suite of products business management for all you business needs. It includes email sending client which is free for upto 5 users, finance management tool, project management tool with over 40 millions users across globe. The Indian startup also has offices in Singapore, Japan, China, Tenkasi, Pleasanton and California.
This is our list for successful startups in Chennai. If you know any other startups in Chennai, please let us know in the comment. We will connect with them to feature their story.