Located on the coromandel coast, Chennai has long been one of the biggest cultural, economic and educational centers of India. Chennai has picked up on the IT boom that hit Southern India on the offset of the new millennium. Manufacturing, automobile, engineering, and now startups, Chennai is emerging as a successful playground for multiple startups.
Here are some of the rising start-ups from Chennai:
Fuel Book Technology
The Fuel Book device has been developed by Chennai-based Pupa Clic. Through device and mobile app, the user can interact with their car for fuel analysis, mileage tracking, trip tracking, smart terrain mapping, etc. Other features include a black box which track the vehicle during an accident.
Fuelbook has been helping the trucking community save money with millions of fuel searches every year. It is a made-in-India device which turns any car into a smart car.
It has now completed prototyping and is now open to pre-orders, where one can purchase the FuelBook device at an early supporter cost of $99.
Energyly is the business of energy monitoring, helping industries worry less about energy bills. Energyly helps industries, tech parks and other commercial entities as well as homes reduce their power cost by providing hardware and intelligent analytics. Having gone commercial in January 2016, the startup was formerly known as eMeter.in.
The startup was established by Dayal Nathan and Dilip Rajendran. Connecting at most 10 devices to the Energy hardware, the platform provides a simple dashboard interface measuring the energy consumption pattern to make targeted changes to reduce power cost. Energyly’s range of Energy monitoring devices combined with the power of cloud computing and mobility provides you with simple, proactive and actionable insights real time while doing more complex and intelligent data analytics in the background.
Zarget is a conversion rate optimization software. Changing the way traction and engagement are assessed, the platform provides analytics and insights on increasing conversions and transactions to marketers for their websites.
The startup was found by ex-Zoho executives Arvind Prathiban, Naveen Venkat and Santosh Kumar. The firm received 1,500 signups with 400 companies actively using the platform instantly. The offerings made by the startup are divided into three basic functionalities; A/B testing (allows decisions to be made through data), Heatmap (reports providing a comprehensive view with all elements from banners to drop-downs), and Funnel Analysis (provides exact information on user dropouts).
Started in September 2015 by IIM Calcutta alumnus Vinit Srivastava, DriversKart is an on-demand driver service. Operational in five cities — Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, and Chennai — the firm has a little over 20 employees.
Reported to have a network of 200 professional drivers, the app allows individuals to request for a driver at a specific time and location. Charging customers on a minutely basis, the app has around 4,000–5,000 downloads across platforms and closes 4,000 rides on a monthly basis.
In April this year, the startup raised an undisclosed amount in pre-Series A from ah! Ventures and subsequently acquired Mumbai-based chauffeur service ‘Driven’ by May.
Founded in 2008, the startup is basically a speech technology company. The company’s headquarter is located in IIT Madras Research Park; the company’s solutions aim to allow any software application to understand and respond to natural human speech. Uniphore focuses on transforming the consumer service experience as well as designing and delivering technology solutions to achieve that. Uniphore’s innovative and patented solutions harness the power of natural speech to help one build enterprise class service delivery platforms that address real consumer problems.
Found by Umesh Sachdev and Ravi Sarogi, Uniphore has integrated their smart speech recognition application. The firm’s solutions are centered around voice bio-metrics, a virtual speech assistant and speech analytics.
In June 2015, the firm raised investments from IDG ventures. A month prior, the company had received a series A funding from Kris Gopalkrishnan.