Karnataka is home to the world’s fastest-growing startup ecosystem. India’s first comprehensive entrepreneurship platform for startups, Elevate100 aimed to trigger this startup ecosystem in Karnataka to the next level. A brainchild of the State government, Elevate100 was a combined initiative of the Startup Cell, Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services (KBITS) Government of Karnataka in association with TiE Bangalore, Deshpande Foundation and PwC.
During the course of a two-day grand finale on 29–30 August 2017, 270+ startups, shortlisted from multi-city pitches, pitched to a grand jury of industry experts. On 30 August 2017, the Government of Karnataka declared the 111 winners chosen through the rigorous hunt across Karnataka. History was scripted in the startup world as for the first time, Rs. 35 crore of government funds were awarded to the winning startups. The Government also signed MoUs with Google, PwC, Yes Bank, Kotak Bank, Amazon Activate, Indian Law Practices, Digital Ocean and Zoho to cater to the needs of the winning startups.
The efforts of the program did not stop at elevating the 111 winning startups. The GoK-TiE Mentoring Program was launched to mentor startups that were runners up at the Elevate100 program, in order to help them take their ventures to the next level through mentoring from TiE Charter Members and industry experts, idea validation, advisory and legal support.
Here’s a quick look at some of the startups from the GoK-TiE Mentoring Program (in their own words):
Vrook is a web and mobile application providing an immersive and interactive learning experience through Virtual Reality and 3D visualizations.
Aveonix addresses the market for electronics and embedded systems design in the aerospace and defense sectors in India.
Boxnbiz is a tech-enabled freight forwarding and customs brokerage company simplifying global trade through modernized shipping technology.
Oceo is building a first-of-its-kind smart water purifier that gives you healthy water at your home without having to purchase the device or pay a maintenance fee.
Livecrop enables monitoring of any live crop during the crop cycle along with recording of digital foot prints of the live crop on a real-time basis.
Gamatics is creating a central repository of sportspersons’ digital profiles with their competitive performance info on a cloud platform.
Smider is a smart divider designed to enable smart traffic management helping authorities in easily directing traffic and reducing traffic congestion.
Gomalon is an online service standardization portal for spa/salon services where one can view nearby spa/salons and book the best fit.
OfficeTimer is a SaaS based B2B predictive analytical tool that helps companies manage their projects and employees.
MakerInMe’s Cretile is a kit of plug-n-play Robotic, Electronics, Automation & IoT Modular building blocks for STEM education and makers.
Vivrt’s Skatocross is India’s first motorized skatebike, capable of reaching speeds up to 60 kmph.
RideAlly enables users to share rides on personal/commercial vehicles with other trusted members or within their trusted groups.
Preksh’s AR/VR technology platform allows retailers to create immersive online shopping experiences for customers.
Tech Source Solutions manufactures instant and low-cost soil moisture indicator for irrigation scheduling.
MarketingLeo enables marketers to create and manage marketing assets. It has advanced features for B2B marketing needs.
Machstatz’s flagship product is an end-to-end platform which can be used to deploy a complete industrial IoT solution.
AppiVa is developing an AI driven collaboration platform ezTask.io to manage tasks.
Invenzo Labs has 3 SAAS platforms for digital technology adoption & transformation.
Aegeus Technologies develops solutions for asset monitoring, protection & efficiency improvement of electrical utilities & solar plants.
Cyberpact Solutions’ product OurPG.CO is a SaaS based application for maintaining paying guest accommodation.
InstaFinancials offers insights about all 1.7 million companies registered in India.
Fitness Dugout provides a proactive, personalized, curated, end-to-end preventive healthcare ecosystem which can start at home.
Temple-Tickets is the world’s first online integrated platform providing a focused and scientific solution to temples and its devotees.
Liradolf is a product-based company creating Industrial IoT enabled solutions that improve efficiencies of Manufacturing Industries.
Paskle is aiming at business automation using cloud services and a robust framework.
YÉllo from Furise is a first-of-its-kind personal assistant device designed for visually impaired students.
Journee is a transit intelligence platform to make sustainable public transport the preferred mode.
MeghaGen Biosciences is a genomics research and diagnostics company providing sequencing and bio informatics services.
Brics is working on research and development activities pertaining to natural cleaners, agriculture and health care.
Yoska offers next generation fitness coaching programs for endurance activities which are suitable for people at all fitness levels.