Gurgaon, aka Gurugram, is counted amongst the financial and technological hubs of India. As much as the city is famous for its nightlife, it is popular for the corporate offices of MNCs and conglomerates; Nearly every major corporation has an estabishment in the city. Gurgaon also has the third highest per-capita income in India, the presence of various brands and businesses there being a major factor. What people aren't aware of is the fact that Gurgaon while being home to already established businesses has contributed significantly to the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem—some popular startups were incubated in this city. Time to have a look at a few of those startups that were born out of Gurgaon.
Founders: Abhiraj Bhal, Raghav Chandra, and Varun Khaitan
UrbanClap is a marketplace for finding verified professionals to get your tasks done without any hassles and head-banging. From wedding planners to divorce lawyers, one can choose professionals from 100+ categories. The company claims to have over 100,000 verified professionals that span across both quality and quantity; you aren't going to find shortage of qualified professionals. It is available in 10 cities across India and has spread wings to deal in Dubai as well. With over 100 live services and more than a million satisfied customers, UrbanClap tops the list of companies curated in Gurgaon.
Founders: Abhinav Kumar Gupta, Ankit Agarwal & Ravikant Bhargav
Silversparro Technologies has come out with SparroSense, an AI-powered Supervisor for Manufacturing, Heavy Industry, and large facilities. Sparrosense Video Analytics Platform can help clients analyze their CCTV footage for monitoring people. The platform can be integrated with existing CCTV infrastructure. The processing of the videos usually takes place on the edge or the cloud. The business results are delivered on a dashboard through alerts to make sure each solution delivers an impact on the business. It is useful to detect inefficiencies, raise alerts, monitor productivity to increase capacity utilization directly from increasing revenues. The SparroSense suite is used and recommended by leading Steel, Metal, Auto industries across India and US. Siversparro has raised funding worth 365K USD in two rounds till date.
Founders: Deepak Garg and Gazal Kalra
Rivigo is a technology major formed in 2014, building the material movement pipeline of India. It focuses on making logistics human, faster, safer and cost-effective through excellence in technology, data, culture, and operations. Rivigo has raised over $216 million through 6 rounds of funding. It services multiple industries that includes, but is not limited to, e-commerce, automotive, and FMCG.
Rivigo strives to improve job prospects for the truck drivers and help them move up in the economic pyramid.
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Founders: Sauraubh Arora and Rahul Narang
Lybrate bridges patients with online consultation from doctors. You can have an on-call session to for one-on-one interaction with medical specialists. There's even the facility to communicate anonymously for these sessions. Lybrate's aim is to create a one-spot destination where doctors can grow their practice by increasing patient outreach across the country and help the users get quick, quality medical advice without having to break a sweat by physical visits to clinics/hospitals.
Founders: Neeraj Kakkar,James Nutall, Suhas Misra & Neeraj Biyani
PaperBoat is India’s fastest growing consumer brand selling 11 different Indian beverages and foods such as Aam Panna, Jaljeera, chikki among others. PaperBoat juice has distributors all over the country and has 48 SKUs. Paperboat gives single use packing. In August 2019, PaperBoat came together with Tetra Pack to introduce holographic packaging for two of its variants Alphonso Aamras and Pomegranate juice. This new packaging will not only look appealing to the consumer but is also easy to hold to provide the consumers a comfortable drinking experience.
Hector Beverages, the makers of PaperBoat has raised over $ 38.2 Million funding to date. The company counts Narayan Murthy as one of its investors.
Shiprocket / Kartrocket
Founders: Sahil Goel, Gautam kapoor, and Vishesh Khurana
Kartrocket is Now Shiprocket 360. ShipRocket is a DIY eCommerce solution that enables you to create an online store, design, and customize it in less than 10 minutes. Aside from building websites, the company provides end to end e-commerce solutions with all the features you require to run your business: free payment gateway integration, a mobile app to manage your store, and automated shipping solutions. Founded in 2012, ShipRocket has given wings to more than 3000+ store owners across India. This Gurgaon startup has raised $14.2M in 5 rounds of funding.
Founders: Bhola Meena, Udai Meena, and Vipin Agarwal
OnlineTyari is a web and mobile app platform providing a comprehensive solution for online preparation of different competitive exams. They provide authentic and up to date study materials crafted through partnerships with the best coaching institutes, independent tutors, and publishers. They have raised over $2 million over 2 rounds of funding.
Heres their success story: OnlineTyari success story
Founders: Naina Ruhail, Prateek Ruhail & Sahil Shrestha
It is a one-stop platform to buy genuine organic products for beauty and personal care. Vanity Wagon ensures that the products included in the platform are toxin free, harmful chemical free, cruelty-free and completely safe. Vanity Wagon operates out of Gurgaon (Corporate Office) and warehouses at present in Delhi With revenue growth of 100% month on month, the company is destined towards great success in the long term.
Founders: Uday Lakkar and Amber Sajid
CoHo is India’s first chain of "co-living" space. It stands for Comfortable Houses. The company has created a vibrant network of fully-furnished rental accommodations with utility services, an online concierge, and most importantly, an out-of-the-world community living by corralling a bunch of like-minded individuals at the same place. Moreover, if you want to invest in your property, CoHo will help in furnishing your property and assist you in gaining customers. Currently, this co-living startup serves Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, and Bangalore.
Also Read : CoHo: Best Co-living Space for Millenials
Founders: Pranay Sharma
Parking is a major obstacle that hampers trips to shopping malls, restaurants, and other places. To counter this menace, Parkzap has come up with a solution. The Gurgaon based venture locates the nearest, vacant parking spot while allowing you pay for the ticket online. A big headache gone!
Founder: Deep Kalra
MakeMyTrip, India’s leading online travel company, was founded in the year 2000 . The company provides online travel services including flight tickets, domestic and international holiday packages, hotel reservations, rail, and bus tickets. MakeMyTrip has gone on to become one of the few Indian startup success stories enjoying global attention. MakeMyTrip has international presence through offices in New York, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket, Bangkok, and Dubai.
Read their inspiring story on creating one of the most successful companies in India: MakeMyTrip success story
Founders: Anirudh Gupta and Michael Pargal Lyngdoh
Many of us are hesitant to make plans until and unless we have gone through extensive reviews and opinions of others. While this dependence on reviews is common in case of watching movies, the same phenomena is witnessed in case of travels as well. We tend to be apprehensive of visiting places and seek suggestions from people who have already visited that spot. If you want to know someone else’s experience of travelling to a particular place, Tripoto is the answer for you. Being aware of the problems and difficulties faced will make you better prepared for your trip. You can also discover travel itineraries, become a travel expert, meet travelers, and publish your own trip experiences.
Founders: Neerav Jain , Saurabh Gupta
CityFurnish provides products ranging from furniture, furnishings, consumer appliances and fitness equipment on rental subscription. Besides offering hi-quality rental products for residential purpose, the company also has an accelerating presence into the commercial and hospitality segments. The brand is currently servicing cities including Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Pune and is now working on expanding to Hyderabad and Chennai. The company aims to expand its business in 14 cities by 2020. CityFurnish has raised about $600,000 from Times Group-owned Brand Capital, and a few undisclosed angels. CityFurnish also received $150,000 from Y-Combinator against 7 percent equity stake.
Founders: Jaswinder Chadha and Navi Chadha
Founded in 2010, Axtria is a big data analytics venture that combines domain knowledge, analytics, and technology to help clients make data-driven decisions for sales, marketing, customer relations, revenue, risk, and supply chain management. The company counts 8 of the top 10 global Life Sciences companies and 2 of the Top 5 global banks as its customers with over more than 1000 employees all around the globe.
Founders: Abhay Tamaria, Kartik Venkataraman, and Sandeep Srinivasa
RedCarpet provides lending facilities to Indian customers for financing online purchases related to e-commerce, travel, etc. Finance and credit companies are unable to service a vast majority of Indians (about 90%) due to lack of required data. RedCarpetUp claims to have access to this critical data that allows it to service customers who have never taken online credit before. It acquires this information by gaining user consent. Only after the user agrees does it capture and store the data. According to its website, RedCarpetUp believes in "Design for Honesty"—it is thoroughly aware of its accountability to the user, in terms of safeguarding customer data. RedCarpetUp has raised over $2.5 million over 3 rounds of funding.
Founder: Shourrya Sachdeva
This list has been dominated by Tech startups till now so it's time to include a venture from a different niche. Crepe-fe serves authentic desserts from around the world. Formed in 2017 , Crepe-fe sells Belgium Waffles, American Bagels, Italian Gelato, and French Crepes. It has mastered the art of serving western breakfast and desserts and plans to open 50+ retail stores by 2022 across India and at least 3 retail stores aboard.
This was StartupTalky's take on some of the successful Gurgaon based ventures. In spite of being a city crowded with MNCs, Gurgaon has provided ground for startups to flourish and stand shoulder to shoulder with the big shots and contribute towards India's development. If you know about any other startup in Gurgaon that isn't a part of this list, do let us know in the comments below and we would love to feature them in this post!