The lucky number of the moment is apparently 8, as Indian tech startup seed investor Tlabs has announced its eighth batch of startups, conveniently containing eight up-and-coming companies. The batch marks the newest addition to its now 50-strong portfolio which kicked off in August.
Started in 2010, Tlabs has invested approximately INR 3 million (US$45,000) per early-stage startup picked for the accelerator. It offers a four-month mentoring program powered by a panel of over a hundred mentors that can offer advice from seasoned entrepreneurs and domain experts. Included in its benefits is a working space for the chosen ones.
“Most of the companies that make it through our initial screening process have good traction to support their applications,” says Abhishek Gupta, head of Tlabs. He adds that the batch has high potential for raising seed rounds.
After a tedious application process that included more than 700 entries, Tlabs chose its super 8:
Just nine months old, Bangalore-based GetMyUni is a student hub that empowers students throughout what it terms their “student lifecycle.” The startup helps them search for colleges with information, study abroad consultation, and over 25,000 student reviews.
Founded by Upneet Gover and Hardik Thakkar as a solution to their past struggles with choosing their post-grad universities, the website also helps students secure internships, projects, scholarships, and first jobs.
Cirtru is a local classifieds site that operates a lot like Craigslist. Their specialty, though, is safety. Users must be verified by either their employers or their universities. When people scan the classifieds, they already know something about the person from whom they’re buying.
Founded by Navish Jain and based in Mumbai, Cirtru boasts users from over a thousand companies and universities making use of the site in the San Francisco Bay Area, which has been drawing a greater, more diverse population over the past decade.
Based in Bangalore, HopOn is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider designed specifically for corporate employees to fill their transportation needs. The software connects companies to transport administrators, employees, and vehicle service providers for smooth employee transportation management.
HopOn boasts 100 percent transparency, 90 percent automation of services, and 80 percent efficiency overall. Its website splits its founders into two trendy categories: “hackers” Kishore Sai and Vishwas Jayarama, and “hustlers” Arvind Krishnaswamy and Rajath Raman.
Founded by Dhilbar Roshan and Shubham Agrawal, Prokure picks up where ecommerce leaves off, providing a mobile app for unorganized retailers to procure their stock.
While companies like China’s Alibaba exist for unorganized retail procurement around the world, Prokure focuses exclusively on India, taking away the geographic limits from distributors. Prokure allows retailers in India to compare prices, order in bulk, and get orders delivered directly to their homes.
Much like a boutique trip, Spoyl is an online fashion marketplace that connects customers to independent fashion makers and designs from across India.
Users can also list their own items for sale in under a minute from their Android and iPhone app, the company claims. Unsold items are donated to charity.
Spoyl was founded by Bhargav Errangi and Sumit Agarwal.
Pyck is a tech-driven first mile logistics service that helps customers get their packages faster. The service picks up an individual’s package, packs it, and sends it to the destination using the most reliable cost-effective option. They currently accept cash on pick up but hope to expand to online payments as soon as possible.
Pyck was founded by Naman Vijay, Neelam Ahuja, and Prashant Gupta.
Through a wearable IoT device called Medaino’s Klop, Medaino offers a non-invasive method of measuring a person’s vital signs by tracking the human body’s electronic signals. The device’s analytics allow it to calibrate itself and measure heart rate, respiratory rate, etc.
Medaino was founded by researchers Pranjal Modi, Shubham Agarwal, Nitish Hooda, and Sharley Juneja.
Think WebMD on your phone that connects you to actual doctors for free. SuperDoc connects people with medical inquiries to doctors who answer in less than 30 minutes.
Founded by Chaitanya Mehta and Abhishek Mane, the app features a photo support service to help describe problems like skin irritations, an anonymous ask option for more taboo health-related topics, and consultation on mental illnesses like anxiety and depression.
Tlabs’ eighth batch continues the numerical parallel began in its seventh round, where its chosen included seven startups: Hangoutt, Meet Univ, Pratilipi, MintM, Customer Labs, Home Triangle, and Epaathshala. Applications for Tlabs’ next chosen are already open. You can apply for the spring 2016 cycle here.
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