Four Hyderabad Startup Cofounders in Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list2 years ago Tata Teja
- Marut Drones (Co-Founders) – Prem Kumar Vislawath (29), Suraj Peddi (28) and Sai Kumar Chinthala (28)
- AdOnMo (Co-Founders)- Sandeep Bommireddi (27)
- ThickShake Factory (Co-Founders)- Ashwin Mocherla (29)
- Urban Kisan (Co-Founders) – Vihari Kanukollu (26)
Prem Kumar Vislawath, Suraj Peddi, and Sai Kumar Chinthala cofounded Marut Drones, India’s first drone technology developed to eradicate mosquito larvae and water hyacinths on lakes. It uses AI to predict mosquito density and larvae count creates mosquito maps by location, gender, species, and subspecies, and also offers real-time reports to identify high and low-risk areas using predictive analytics for diseases like malaria, dengue, and chikungunya. With its technology, it can cover 6.7 hectares in less than one day, down from 300 man-days. Marut Drones has already covered more than 4,230 hectares of lakes in the city of Hyderabad.
Vihari Kanukollu cofounded UrbanKisaan in 2017 which builds indoor vertical farms to grow pesticide-free produce that is later sold to retail consumers on a subscription and walk-in basis. The plants are grown in a vertical hydroponic environment without soil and with the use of mineral nutrient solutions in water. UrbanKisaan produce uses 95% less water while its crops get 30 times more yield as compared to traditional farming. In March, UrbanKisaan was selected for Y Combinator’s winter 2020 batch. It has revenues of $1 million and has raised $550,000.
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Sandeep Bommireddi is the cofounder of India-based Adonmo, an ad-tech startup that helps advertisers target their audience outdoors through its ‘car-toppers’ a network of digital screens mounted on top of taxis that display ads based on time and location (for example, a nearby restaurant promoting a luncheon special at noon). In 2020, Adonmo raised $3 million in a Pre-Series A round from Ant Financial’s BAce Capital, Astarc Ventures and Mumbai Angels Network.
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Ashwin Mocherla and his brother co-founded the ThickShake Factory, a specialty milkshake retailer, with the aim to introduce the beverage to ordinary Indians at an affordable price. Since its launch in 2013, the ThickShake Factory says it has served more than 7 million customers across its 125 outlets in India. This year, it was named the Most Admired Chain of the Year: Cafes & Juice Bars by the PepsiCo IMAGES Foodservice Awards. Last year, the ThickShake Factory was awarded QSR (quick service restaurants) of the Year by Retailers Association of India and Most Talented Food Industry Leader by Asia Food Congress & Awards.