Hosting tech giants like Microsoft, Apple, Google and Amazon, Hyderabad has become one of India’s leading IT centers. Hyderabad is now shining bright in the country’s startup ecosystem as well. In 2015 alone, over eight percent of the startup activity was believed to have taken place in Hyderabad. Hyderabad also has one of the largest incubator centers – T-HUB- in the country, often referred as the ‘incubator or incubators’. Also, being one of the cheapest metros in the country has helped Hyderabad develop in the startup atmosphere.
Here are some of the most interesting rising startups from Hyderabad:
OMitra is a unique Indian rail social app aiming to solve most of the common problems that a train traveler may face. After a passenger books a ticket on the IRCTC, and receives an SMS, the app identifies the SMS and sets everything up for the passenger i.e., it tracks the train, finds co-passengers, creates reminders prior to the journey, and lets you know if you have been confirmed from your position while on the waiting list. The app also does real-time tracking of the train and its stops.
Started by Vikas Jagetiya, after a particularly harrowing 30-hour journey, Vikas came up with the idea of OMitra. The need for an intelligent system for train travel has seen growth in the number of train travel apps that help passengers by giving them all the data and information needed for their journey.
Nowfloats focuses on helping small and medium enterprises (SMEs) create an online presence through a basic SMS. Its flagship products Now-Floats Lighthouse and Now-Floats Wildfire help in automating organic and inorganic discovery across customer segments. The company claims process over 30 million touch-points every month with customers updating their sites half a million times and has over 33,000 customers.
Jasminder Singh Gulati, Nitin Jain established Nowfloasts in 2012. The startup received Series A funding from Omidyar Network, Blume Ventures, Mumbai Angels and Hyderabad Angels in February 2015 and an Undisclosed amount in seed funding in June 2013 from Hyderabad Angels, Mumbai Angels and Blume Ventures.
TalentSprint, a skill development and talent management company got acquired by Bangalore-based Java Learning Center (JLC), a company offering advanced programming courses in Java for an undisclosed amount. The company’s mandate is to create 500,000 new IT and Banking professionals by 2020. Formed in 2009, the company is backed by the National Skill Development Corporation.
J.A Chowdary, Santany Paul and Madhu Murty Ronanki found Talentsprint in the year 2008, making it one of the foremost startups from the city of Hyderabad. The company received a successful funding of $4 million from Nexus Ventures Partners in April 2012.
Zipper lets users shorten their address into short codes which can be shared in form of links. The app is a central location management service that enables users to create and share short codes with friends or vendors to avoid low value conversations around finding an address. All the user has to do is to add location tile on the app and save your current location or any other required location which can be shared via SMS, e-mail or Whatsapp. Aditya Vuchi found Zippr in November 2013.
The startup received a Seed funding of $982k from Indian Angel Network in October 2014.
Hello Curry is a Hyderabad based quick service restaurant chain (QSR) specializing in Indian cuisine. The company recently acquired cloud and mobile-based POS (points of sale) systems startup Fire42 for an undisclosed amount in a stock-cum-cash deal. The company claims to be the only food chain serving Indian cuisine in a fast food format offering features like taste before order and pay by weight. The fast growing startup in the food space is fundamentally a home delivery brand which has a brick and mortar outlet only in Hyderabad. According to Hello Curry, it gets 800 to 1,000 orders a day which is growing at 25 to 30 percent month-on-month basis.
Raju Bhupati formed the company in the year 2014 and he successfully spearheaded the company to get a $500k seed funding from SRI investors in March 2014.