Over the past few years, we have seen quite a lot of Indian start-ups grow and make their mark on the Indian as well as the global scene. Ventures like FlipKart, Zomato, and Snapdeal etc. have evolved from 1 room offices to globally expanding organizations with a workforce of over thousand people.
This has been made possible largely by the internet and the opportunities and platforms it has provided us Indians with to explore ideas and experiment with them with very less cost of capital as compared to other hard core and brick and mortar sectors.
What I think is that the scenario has not peaked yet and the curve is still on the rise. Thus we are bound to see more innovative and unique ideas taking shape and writing their own success stories in the time to come.
As far as 2015 is concerned let’s look at what I think are 9 top start-ups to keep an eye on:
Founders: Cherian Thomas, Arun Prabhakar, Chris Luscher, Dan Hauk
Cucumbertown is an online network of cooks and chefs. A very unique concept isn’t it? As Tumblr is to blogging, Cucumbertown is to cooking. It provides cooks and culinary enthusiasts to come online share their talents, skills and dishes and gather a following thus, giving them a chance towards online stardom.
It has received quite a row of investments mostly from abroad which shows that investors see a lot of potential in this platform. Well, a platform which provides an opportunity for talented people to showcase their talent is worth a while. Therefore, it makes our list as one of the top rising start-ups in India.
Founders: Jaspreet Singh, Milind Borate and Ramani Kothandaraman
This firm is all set to be the next big thing in data protection and security. Raising over $42 Million in investments last year, it is poised to set the software industry ablaze with its innovative solutions in cloud computing and data backup and access technologies.
Thus it’s another rising start-up from India to look at.
Founders: Tonmoy Shingal and Ketan Kapoor
This firms aims at providing easily accessible testing and rating solutions in the educational sphere. Its flagship product helps in online assessment for testing technical aptitude and psychometric skills of potential candidates.
With a ferry of clients flocking to it in almost no time, this firm is bound to be on our list rising Indian start-ups to watch in 2015.
Founders: Rupal Surana, Sachit Singhi and Yogendra Vasupal
These people aim at revolutionising Indian travelling by introducing a diversified list of budget hotels, lodges, service apartment and villas all across the country. Having tie-ups with more than 10000 hotels all across India, it is quite evident that this animal is going to grow by leaps and bounds in the time to come.
If you’re planning on travelling somewhere and looking for good budget accommodation, I strongly recommend this rising start-up.
Founders: Dipesh Garg and Rajshekhar Rajaharia
When it comes to providing a platform for freelancers to find work and build a network there is nothing better than Truelancer on the Indian scene. With a very user-friendly interface and a whole stock of features, Truelancer aims at changing the way people work in India by providing them a chance to be their own boss and work on their own terms.
With freelancing still in its nascent stages all across the globe and more and more people turning to the freelancing work scene I believe that Truelancer is certainly one rising Indian start-up to look at in 2015.
Founder: Nickhil Jakatdar
This firm has taken its time but is finally is seeing rising horizons. It is the world’s largest independent mobile video and media company, with over 110 million unique users all across the globe.
With recent expansions in the Middle East and South East Asia, courtesy of investments by leading firms, this firm is bound to rise as a start-up in the time to come.
Founders: Bharanidharan Viswanathan and Nitin Mathur
It is the one stop place on the internet for gadget research. The site is very India specific and thus the “91” in 91mobiles.com which is the ISD country code of India.
Their aim is to provide exhaustive research on gadgets and electronics available in India and give the people a better insight into knowing what is right for them.
With a humble vision and an ever-rising visitor base, this firm is one top-notch start-up to look at in 2015.
Founder: Kaushal Dugar
Tea is the favourite drink of entire India; there is no denying that. A truly unique concept with the vision of providing the best quality tea leaves which is farm fresh and ready to go to the most remote of towns that are far away from these tea growing regions.
This is ecommerce at more detailed and niche level and it does not stop here. Teabox is now delivering amazing Indian tea globally and thus helping the tea industry expand on a very large scale with minimal cost.
Thus, it becomes one of the hottest start-ups to look at in 2015.
Founder: Kavin Bharti Mittal
Everybody knows Hike messenger by now. It has already become a rising star but I believe we are to see more from it in the time to come.
Coming up with new features every day, Hike is increasingly penetrating the Instant Messenger scene with over 15 Million users in very less time.
Thus it is one the hot Indian start-ups to look at in 2015.
You will have to agree on one astounding fact that all these start-ups are laden with very unique ideas and have such visions and objects which have never been explored before. I personally believe that the future hold a lot of prosperity for them.
There will be more start-ups in the them time to come as the economic scene and internet penetration in India becomes more open and widespread and may be till then, these aforementioned enterprises will hopefully leave a global mark of their own. All the best to them!
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