Kolkata is much more than its delicacies and vibrant culture—it's the financial and commercial hub of the eastern and north-eastern parts India in addition to being the home of the Calcutta Stock Exchange. Many ventures had their beginnings in the city of Joy. Most of us aren't aware of the large number of startups based out of Kolkata. In fact, it's an entrepreneurial hub bustling with activity! As a result, it's our duty at StartupTalky to cover some of the best startups in Kolkata.
Founder : Alok Patnia
Industry : Fintech
Taxmantra is one good startup in Kolkata which is serving other startups. It helps its customers with fundraising, legal services, and cross-border tax and legal compliances. Alok Patnia, the founder and CEO of Taxmantra, is a Chartered Accountant by profession and has used his work experience of a couple of years in setting up his venture. He is an alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta and aims to make Taxmantra globally renowned with respect to tax and legal affairs. The company is present in India, the United States, and Singapore. It assists Non-Resident Indians(NRIs) with tax and legal issues.
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Founders : Aniket Thakur and Hitesh Kuma
Industry : Fintech
Labkafe is the top startups in Kolkata. Labkafe provides laboratory equipment and furniture at affordable prices. It offers numerous products like glassware, chemicals, labware and accessories required for Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Pharmacy, and many more. The average order basket values around 1 Lac INR. Aniket Thakur and Hitesh Kumar started Labkafe in 2015. Sunil Panda and Amrit Raj later joined the duo as co-founders. The company as Indian clients like Baidyanath Pharma, NIT Rourkela, NIT Allahabad, and ONGC while also exporting equipment to countries such as Canada, Nigeria, and Bhutan.
Also Read: The success story of Labkafe
Founders : Raj and Suv
Industry : Gifting & Fashion
Swagamender is an ecommerce website which makes it easy to find the perfect gift for your special one; it also provides apparels and accessories to have you stand out in the crowd. The company believes how important a gift can be especially in relationships. Swagamender was founded in April, 2018 by 17 year old kids Raj and Suv.
Founders : Priti Sen Arora & Dhiraj Arora
Industry : Food & Beverage
Karma Kettle is one of India’s finest artisanal tea blenders with 60+ different tea varietals. The startup founded in 2015, has established itself as a specialist tea brand offering a wide variety of tea to choose from. Karma Kettle lets the Indian consumer enjoy an authentic cup of Moroccan Mint tea or Genmaicha tea or Japanese Matcha at reasonable prices. Karma Kettle started as an online platform. It acquired its customers online and sold products through its own site and other e-commerce portals. Today the company is also catering to some of the eminent five-star hotel chains in the countries. Karma Kettle teas can now be enjoyed in the Novotel Hotels, Le Meridien Hotels, CGH Earth Hotels, etc.
Also Read: How Karma Kettle was started
Founder : Sujay Santra
Industry : Healthtech
iKure Techsoft is one of the best startups in Kolkata. Founded in October 2010, iKure Techsoft is a unique social enterprise working on making healthcare more accessible and affordable in rural India. iKure places emphasis strongly on the health of women and children in villages and small towns. It has opened up rural clinics that have catered to around 3.5 million people till date with great healthcare facilities.
Founder : Abhirup Banerjee
Industry : Food
Kolkata is known for it’s sweets, particularly sandesh and rosogolla. However, there's an entire spectrum of flavors that the state has to offer and Sweethandi simply exposes its spectrum. This Kolkata startup is an ecommerce setup which sells Bengali sweets across the country, from Kashmiri to Kanyakumari. It alows customers to place orders online. The order can be customized according to the geographical location. Sweethandi has collaborated with all the major sweets retailers in the country, therefore making the delivery of Bengali sweets across India as easy as ABC!
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Founders : Achin Bhattacharya & Subhayu Roy
Industry : EdTech
Notebook’s vision is to enable access to high-quality education for every child. It strives to establish a benchmark in educational content quality for Indian school curricula. Notebook is a subscription-based service operating on a Freemium model. Notebook operates on the Google Cloud and delivers video streams through the same pathway as Youtube. It has implemented best-in-class DRM to protect against piracy. Notebook has attempted to create the audio-visuals in such a way that seems interesting to the students. Currently the course available in Notebook is English for CBSE 8th, 9th and 10th standard. Study Notes and Solved Questions are also included in the course.
Also Read: Success Story of Notebook
Founders : Ankit Saraf and Sneha Sanganeria
Industry : Digital Marketing
This startup company in Kolkata has served some of the biggest brands as its clients. The agency established itself by taking advantage of the rising social media usage in India. Within a short span, Meraqi Digital—focusing on digital marketing, content strategy and marketing, brand strategy, design, and communication — has made a huge name for itself in the market with clients such as WOW! Momo, MP Birla Group, Emami Group, PC Chandra Jewellers, Sreeleathers, Jindal India, Himalaya Opticals, The GRID, Chai Break, Rush Fitness and many more. The company helps its clients with everything – from strategy, brand creation to regular day to day comms, increasing their market outreach and ensuring that their business generates profits.
Founder : Somdev Dutta Gupta
Industry : Travel
Tripmamu knows holidays are worth remembering only if they are joyous, memorable, and exciting. Therefore, Tripmamu helps you find the right travel agent reach your desired holiday destination at an economical price. It is also serves marketplace allowing customers to connect with each other through its online platform. There's a lot in store for the travel agents who sign up with Tripmamu!
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Founder : Mr. Kabir Siddiq
Industry : E-commerce retail
SleepyCat is India's First Mattress-In-A-Box brand. The box mattress is manufactured using a special technology which makes it compact enough to be packed in a small box. The uniqueness about box mattress is that these mattresses are compressed using automated compression technology. After compression, the mattress easily fits into a small box and thus becomes easily transportable. SleepyCat delivers mattress right at your doorstep. It delivers a specialized gel memory foam based mattress that comes conveniently packed in a box straight from their factory to the customer’s doorstep free of any shipping costs.
Within a span of 1.3 years the company has sold over 10,000 mattresses. SleepyCat is the highest rated mattress on the internet across Amazon, Google and Facebook.
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Founder : Abhishek Jalan
Industry : Logistics
Pickji is a home delivery venture. Grocery shopping for daily needs requires one to leave the comfort of his or her home. All of us remember being sent by our moms to get that occasional packet of milk or bread while watching our favorite T.V show. Nothing would have been better if someone could deliver the grocery at home. And Pickji does exactly this for its customers. The company has made online delivery method easy, quick, and economical. A pickup from the nearby grocery store or kirana can be done from the Pickji app and the will reach your doorstep in a matter of minutes. The app is available for iOS and Android phones.
Founder : Om Agarwal
Industry : Edtech
EazyCoach assists parents in making their child excel in study. EazyCoach connects students across the country with coaching institutes, colleges, and schools. It is an easy way to get details about various educational institutes in the country. Students suffer in terms of changing schools, especially those with parents often relocating due to job requirements. Eazycoach acts as a savior in these cases!
Fonders : Rohit Bajaj, Abhishek Bajaj, and Aditya Bajaj
Industry : Edtech
Zeroinfy is an educational platform where students connect with each other for exam preparation and course discussions; we're talking about national level examinations such NEET, chartered accountancy, engineering, CAT, etc. It has tie-ups with teachers across various Indian cities and encourages peer-to-peer learning through notes that are shared with students by the participating faculty.
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Founder : Varun Choudhary
Industry : Edtech
MindHour, as the name suggests, focuses on imparting and propagating education in the areas of logical reasoning and aptitude. It has an app and a website where interactive courses and specially designed curriculum are available for enrolled students. The company also takes into account the rural section of India so that students in villages and small towns aren't left out. Mindhour has around 25,000 questions for students studying in 6th-12th grades. According to its website, Mindhour has around 5,00,000 happy students. We wish this startup all the very best for working one of the noblest deeds known to man—teaching.
Founder : Pallav Nandhani
Industry : Visualization and Data Analytics
FusionCharts is the industry leader in enterprise-grade charting components for web and mobile applications. Since inception, FusionCharts has gone above and beyond to assist developers. Its motto is 'by developers, for developers'. According to the website, it has more than 1.4 million downloads by over 750,000 developers in 118 countries. It offers 90+ different charts and 1400 data driven maps. This Kolkata based startup has cemented itself as a wildly successful venture. FusionCharts has been featured in Forbes magazine and has also won various awards.
Founders : Atul Gupta
Industry : Healthtech
InSync was founded in Kolkata with the vision to provide digital assistance to small and medium enterprises. InSync helps businesses operate efficiently and grow faster. With the motto, 'We connect. You grow', inSync has enjoyed popularity and prominence amongst its customers. According to its website, InSync has provided solutions for over 650 businesses in 65+ countries. This venture has received various honors for its work.
Founders : Anup Agarwal, Varun Biyani, Manisha Sharaf, and Ankit Dudhwewala
Industry : Logistics
The fantastic four started TruckHall in November 2015, with the aim of giving a new outlook to the road transportation industry in India. Individuals in the road transportation segment don't have an easy going life. Goods movement involves intensive manual tasks. There is a chain of people involved in this startup business, from the booking agents, to truck drivers and their assistants, who regularly encounter challenges in their jobs. They don't get to see their families often and work at odd hours to make a living. The transportation industry has become synonymous with words such as corruption and in-efficiency and this Kolkata based company is cleansing this space by bridging the known gaps.
So, this was our list of the startups in Kolkata which are bringing change in the country. If you know any about any other startup in Kolkata, please let us know in the comments. We will connect with them to feature their story.