Hyderabad based FIXU receives $40, 000 investment from Facebook

captureRecently the famous social media sit Facebook had announced the “FbStart program” where it would invest in the winner startup and would also provide mentoring to the winner.

It is no surprise that a city based startup, FIXU has been selected as one of those startups where Facebook will invest $40, 000 and also provide mentoring for growth and expansion of the startup. It has been reported that this investment will be in the form of credits that will be translated into various opportunities, which include interactions with Facebook and global exposure.

FIXU is a startup based out of Hyderabad, with Vamsi Krishna and Nikhil as the pioneers. This startup has a hands – on technology that provides home service vendors including carpenters and plumbers. Vamshi Krishna is a mass communication student whereas Nikhil is a JNTU graduate. Both of them met each other at a startup event and eventually their thought processes matched and they came up with this amazing startup. As on date, FIXU is half year old and has about 25 orders per day, with an average revenue of Rs. 500 per order. Besides the two founders, the startup has 2 other employees as it has outsourced software development and marketing to third-party services.

“We have roped in 170 vendors so far and currently serve Hyderabad city. We can track the entire process using automated tools,” Vamshi Krishna told BusinessLine, a leading business newspaper in the country.

Launched last year, “FbStart” helps developers grow their startups by leveraging valuable tools and services, worldwide events and opportunities to engage with the Facebook team.

Being selected for this programme, FIXU will receive mentoring from Menlo Park-headquartered tech giant’s engineering teams, reported Facebook.

“‘FbStart’ programme will be an immense boost to us at this phase of our evolution. Receiving mentorship from the pioneer of social networking will bring a huge opportunity for us to lead the Home Service revolution in India within the next couple of years,” said Vamshi Krishna, co-founder, FIXU.


The start-up will also get a chance to get access to the exclusive community of Facebook’s developers and worldwide events. Through FbStart, the startups will be eligible for free access to more than 25 services including open source tools like React Native, FB Login and Account Kit and App Analytics.

Keeping in mind the investment received and mentorship opportunities, FIXU is aiming at expansion of their startup to Bengaluru and Mumbai by the end of 2017.

“We have raised no funds so far. We are looking at raising $2, 50,000 in the angel round in the middle of 2017 to fund our expansion,” adds Vamshi Krishna

It has been reported that through this program, FIXU will receive free access to Dropbox services worth $5,000 and tool kits and other services worth about the same amount for a period of 6-12 months. Besides, the team will have interactions with experts at Facebook headquarters in the US.

There is already a crowd of start-ups out there offering similar services. “We are very fast and economical,” says Vamshi when asked how their service was different from others.

Congratulations FIXU team – we hope the New Year brings in more laurels and success to your team and startup. Make the most out of this huge investment and mentorship program by Facebook.

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Hyderabad based GetBike obtains $100K funding in an angel round of investment

getbikeHaving taxis for cab services is quite common, but how about a motorbike sharing service? Rare isn’t it? Due to its unique factor, the motor cycle sharing startup Getbike was successful in raising a $100, 000 (Rs. 68 lakhs approximately in a round of angel investments.

Getbike, before known as Getmi is run by city based Vave Infosolutions India Pvt. Ltd. Getbike was launched in Hyderabad in September 2016. In just 3 months, the firm had 50 bikes and 108 riders including female riders.

Shravya Reddy is the proud founder of this startup and Vamshi Reddy B, angel investor and co-founder of Apalya Technologies and investor Venu Veeramaneni participated in the round of funding.

“We have done a minimum viable product (MVP) exercise for three months with 20 active riders and completed 10,680 trips. We are generating about Rs 2 lakh in revenues per month and growing at 50% month on month.” Shravya said.

The 11 member team of Getbike is extremely pleased with this angel round of funding and are looking forward to a funding of Rs. 3 Crore to support their future plans.

Congratulations team! It surely is an amazing news for all of you right before the year ends! Hope the New Year brings in more success to all of you.

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City based startup Timla Foods raises seed funding through Kae Cap

captureThough the year of 2016 may be coming to end, yet the success ladder of startups seems to see no end nor do the entrepreneurs want to sit in peace until they have made it really big – be it in any sector. Just recently, Timla foods came out in the open to officially announce their success of receiving seed funding from Kae Cap – an early stage investment firm based out of Mumbai.

Timla Food has raised this funding under their brand “PopiCorn” – which makes ready to eat popcorn. At Popicorn, they make great tasting wholesome snacks for every age and lifestyle. PopiCorn’s popcorn is ready to eat, 100% natural, GMO free and made of whole grain.

At present, this brand is available in all leading super market stores including Ratnadeep, Heritage Fresh, Ghanshyam and Karachi bakery as well. This brand was introduced in the beginning of this year, and in such a short span itself, the brand has recorded over 4 lakh units of popcorn sale.

The primary aim of this company is to make healthy ready-to-eat snacks,” said Prashant Gowriraju, cofounder at Timla Foods. “Our product doesn’t contain any preservative or GMOs.” He continues by saying that the seed fund amount will be used to enhance the capacity of production and expansion of the operations of the brand across the nation. “We realised that the market gap is large and PopiCorn received positive response in the Telangana market,” said Navin Honagudi, investment director at Kae Capital. “This is what prompted us to invest in this company.”

According to the research of the investment company, the ready-to-eat segment is a large market with scope worth Rs 20,000 crore. Timla foods is looking forward to expansion in Bengaluru followed by Mumbai. They were bootstrapped when they kicked off in 2016 and this is their first seed funding that they have received from outside.

Congratulations team – hope we get to eat more of this healthy yet tasty popcorn. You are all doing great, and hope to you see doing even better and achieve all those goals that you have set for the startup.



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Exclusive Local Deals App, BlueBook, raises $500,000 in a Seed Round syndicated by Indian Angel Network and LetsVenture

Angel investors from  IAN and Let’s Venture platform, from India and around the world

Help build Blue Books as a high growth venture with increased merchant and user base across 3 cities, leveraging technology for deep customer analytics, loyalty solutions for merchants and unique payment solution

Online to Offline (O2O) marketing platform, The BlueBook has raised a $500,000 seed round lead by India’s first and World’s largest angel investor network; Indian Angel Network with investors from around the world. Other participants included Let’s Venture, a fund raising platform and angel investors from Singapore and United States. Srinubabu Gedela ( CEO, OMICS International), Avinash Vashistha (IAN member, Founder, Tholons Capital, Ex- ‎Chairman & Country Managing Director, Accenture), Rajiv Mehta (IAN member, CEO, Arvind Lifestyle) led the round for the angel investor group. Avinash Vashishta and Srinubabu Gedela will join the board of the company.

Total food services & wellness market in India today stands at $60B and has grown at 7.7 per cent since 2013. The share of organised market is currently 30% and is expected to grow to 35% by 2021. This translates to $18B as of 2016 and is estimated to reach $32B by 2021.  Bluebook is addressing a serviceable obtainable market of $300 Million.

When you think of discounts and coupons, chances are few that you find a genuine discount with no terms and conditions at places you love.  After all the research, the customers settle for a relatively lesser known outlet on a weekday which needs to be pre-booked or prepaid for without an assurance of a great experience. Founded in the year 2013, The Bluebook is solving the exact problem in the offline deals & discounts space. It provides discounts from city’s popular outlets with validity throughout the week and does not require a prior booking to avail the service at the selected outlet. Launched as a discount voucher book in 2013, The BlueBook transitioned into a mobile app in Nov, 2015 and is now growing about 40 percent month-over-month.

Speaking on the announcement, Varun Kumar Akula – Co-founder & CEO, The BlueBook said,Our biggest achievement so far has been capturing market share with no marketing spend and on boarding the top merchants in cities we are present in. The capital raised will be deployed in consolidating the merchant and user base in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Gurgaon, apart from investing on the product & technology to offer deep customer analytics, loyalty solution for merchants and unique payment solution. We aim to be present in all major metros in the next few quarters with our full stack solution.


I have known Bluebook founders since their journey started with a physical coupon book. I have witnessed their transition into mobile application and have been really impressed with the traction and the product which was built by core team of 8 passionate individuals with meagre funding. With solid roadmap in place i see something truly amazing happening with BlueBook in this space.” said lead investor Srinubabu Gedela

“We at IAN believe that BlueBook has global & compelling product with a potential to cater to a high growth market. We are confident that with the right mentorship and market access that IAN provides them, they will scale to become one of the largest brands in the O2O space.” said Padmaja Ruparel, President, Indian Angel Network

Solutions in the market today require steep discounting or group booking to drive footfalls to the stores. Some websites and apps use table booking to incentivise customers, while others reward you with points which can only be redeemed at select stores, but the bottom line is, these solutions have failed to create a win-win for the merchants and consumers. Bluebook, has been successful in being an advocate to both the customer and the merchant. Bluebook enters into yearlong exclusive contracts with merchants and curates offers to drive new customers and incentivize them on multiple visits.

Bluebook works with the leading brands such as Biereclub, Brewsky, Naturals, Bodycraft, O2 Spa and with a foothold in Hyderabad, Bangalore & Gurgaon. For consumers, the BlueBook operates a subscription model where users can pay a monthly fee of Rs.99 to avail all the discounts at the city’s popular restaurants, bars, cafes, spa, wellness and entertainment outlets. The redemption at the outlet is hassle free and happens with a 4 digit pin authentication.

“BlueBook is a refreshingly smart venture in the O2O space – a space flooded by companies with high burn rates and questionable business models. BlueBook, in contrast, has been successful in creating both positive unit economics & scalability, making it a lucrative proposition for investors on the LetsVenture platform” said Shanti Mohan, Founder of LetsVenture.

Bluebook has seen that customers can recoup the subscription amount in as low as one redemption, letting them enjoy the discounts they wouldn’t normally be able to receive owing to the popularity of the hang out. While the merchants witnessed a well-balanced foot fall garnering attention from new first time customers and the inbuilt visit based incentives have induced loyalty amongst the customers. The startup’s unique business model and lean approach has helped it keep the customer acquisition cost low, while maintaining the merchant retention rate at a high 95%. 100% of the user base has been acquired organically through word of mouth and referrals and has helped 1,00,000+ users save at their 1200+ merchants.

Rajiv Mehta – CEO, Arvind Fashion Brands Limited lead investor, “Biere Club, Puma Social, Smokehouse Deli, these are prestigious brands not known to offer deals & discounts. With my personal experience in retail & hospitality, I was intrigued when I got to know that consumers were benefiting from offers & upgrades to these outfits, but blown away when I was made aware that BlueBook had exclusivity for these deals. Business model is scalable across cities and their unique customer acquisition strategies are a huge differentiator.

“BlueBook’s current business model, traction and non-linear scaling by itself is highly differentiated. Their focus on analytics and personalised offering of Deals makes it a win win for both the customer and the merchant. I look forward to working with this passionate team as they work towards transforming the way the Online to Offline (O2O) space works in our country.” Commented, Avinash Vashista lead investor.


About the Founders

Varun Kumar Akula – Co-founder & CEO, Alumnus of Stanford Ignite, Bits Pilani & State University of New York. Incorporated his first company at the age of 21 and scaled it to $500,000 in revenue within 18 months. Core Focus at Bluebook – Hiring, Strategy, Finance and Expansion.

Alok Medikepura Anil – Co-founder & COO – Alumnus of Stanford Ignite, Boston University & Cranfield University. Experience of working with various cross functional teams with focus on using technology to improve business decisions. Core Focus at Bluebook – Digital marketing, Analytics, Product, Strategy & Operations.

Reetika G – Co-founder & CMO – First employee at Bluebook. 4+ years experience in leading sales, marketing & partnerships. Responsible for marketing, customer and merchant acquisition. Ex-Accenture.


Venkat Raju – Mr. Venkat Raju is an accomplished entrepreneur & seasoned executive with strong business, technology and general management credentials. His current portfolio covers a wide spectrum – spanning Cloud Computing & SaaS, Big Data & Analytics, Mobility, E-Commerce, related Consumer Internet. Mr. Venkat Raju is an active IAN investor and current Managing Director of Kyron India.

About Indian Angel Network

The Indian Angel Network is the world’s largest business angel group. With more than 450 investors from 10 countries, IAN’s presence spans 7 locations, which includes cities in India and UK. IAN has invested in startups from 17 industries/sectors. The investor group comprises successful and established entrepreneurs as well as dynamic CEOs. They not only invest in innovative startups but also provide valuable inputs on strategy, in addition to providing access to their vast global networks. IAN also became the world’s first angel investor group to establish operations outside of its home country, when it started operating in London. Over 8,000 entrepreneurs pitch to IAN each year, and IAN has invested in over US$20mn in 60 plus ventures  over the last two years, investing over US$20mn.

IAN’s portfolio, with over 100 companies, spans 17 sectors across 7 countries. IAN portfolio companies have given 70x returns in 6 years, 21x in 30 months, 22x in 60 months, and 6x in 15 months; many well on their way to become unicorns.www.indianangelnetwork.com |@ianetwork

For further details, please contact:

Indian Angel Network  

Himali Makker| Mobile: + 91 9811866475| E-mail: himali@indianangelnetwork.com

Genesis Burson-Marsteller
Tripti Sharma| Mobile: + 91 7838350189 | E-mail: tripti.sharma@bm.com

About LetsVenture

Founded in 2013, LetsVenture enables startups and investors to discover and connect with each other. There are 12000+ startups and 2200+ investors on the platform. LetsVenture takes care of closure of term sheet & shareholders agreement, and complete legal & financial due diligence along with completing the fundraise. LetsVenture has enabled more than 100 startups to raise over $38mn in the last 3 years. https://letsventure.com/

Darwinbox – Maximize the value of your most critical resource

captureThough technology is growing at a tremendous speed and automation is the next new big thing, yet for companies and work related aspects, the human touch is very important. Big firms like Deloitte and Amazon, consider their people to be the most important resources.

Though the fact that HR is the most important aspect of any company, it can get quite tiresome to take care of all the processes beginning from recruiting to onboarding to training and then separations. Understanding this hectic added task for companies, 3 Hyderabadis came together to use technology in the best way possible to provide a solution to all HR related tasks.

Darwinbox is a new-age cloud HR platform that takes care of all HR needs across the employee life cycle – Recruitment, Core transactions (Leaves, Attendance, and Directory), Payroll, Employee Movement, Employee Engagement, Talent Management and People Analytics. This cloud startup is an Integrated HR Technology company founded by IIM/IIT/XLRI alumnus with work experiences across top notch companies including McKinsey, Google and EY.

The team

This startup was founded last year by Rohit Chennamaneni, Jayant Prasad Paleti and Chaitanya Peddi.


Rohit worked with McKinsey as an engagement manager and with Google. He is an IIM Lucknow alumnus. Rohit comes with an experience of consulting in Tech and e-commerce space and currently leads the operations at Darwinbox.

Jayant was an investment banker at EY and is an alumnus of IIM Lucknow and IIT Madras. In his experience of advising companies in a merger, he has worked on valuing the core strength of the company, people. Jayant leads the Sales and Marketing efforts for Darwinbox.

Chaitanya also worked with EY HR Consulting and Product development at Verizon. He is an alumnus of XLRI and is the subject expert in HR. He leads the product development at Darwinbox.

The Birth of Darwinbox

While Jayant was working with EY, he was responsible for advising a company for a merger – a large pharma company from Hyderabad was talking to a global company for a takeover and the shock was that such a big pharma company’s founders had no data about their HR function during a board meeting with the global company.

The founders had no idea about the attrition in their own company and claimed that it was less which was probably not the case. Dwelling further on the issue, Jayant realized the fact that there were three different HR softwares in that office made data capture so difficult. That’s when he sensed the opportunity.

This incident happened in November 2014. After this, Jayant called his friends Rohit and Chaitanya to discuss if they could build a platform which can make HR intelligent and strategic rather than a function. They unified every solution – into their product – such as payroll, hiring, candidate sourcing, referral management, employee management with easy documents – for their use – and analytics. While they based themselves in Hyderabad, they also studied the market by keeping their day jobs between 2015 and in January 2016 – when the product was ready – they quit their jobs and started wholly as their own startup. The name was a pun relating to the theory of evolution.

Darwinbox follows the SaaS model (software as a service). They charge a subscription fee per employee per month. The team believes that this “pay-as-you-go” pricing model gives their clients the flexibility to scale-up and grow without having to worry about license restrictions and IT infrastructure limitations.

The modern, integrated and functionally deep HR platform is most appreciated by mid to large size companies who would require the flexibility with no compromise on the functionality. They have built the product to global standards and intend to take it global in future.

Within 9 months of product launch, they already have 50,000+ employees using the platform with marquee clients like Delhivery, Ekart, Sai Life, Swiggy etc.

Why Darwinbox?

There are 4 key aspects in which darwinbox differentiates itself from competition

  • Intuitive user experience – The products a working professional uses for personal needs (for example – Uber, Facebook) and business needs at work are at complete dissonance. Enterprise tools lag far behind today’s consumer apps in quality of technology, usability and scalability. At Darwinbox, they want to bridge this new “digital divide” and build products that are as effective as your daily use products. Their powerful, new age enterprise HRMS platform is built with a clear focus on intuitiveness and scalability, with standards of best in class consumer apps
  • Integrated Platform – Darwinbox takes care of all employee needs with one login ensuring seamless information flow between multiple modules with no loss in data/errors due to manual intervention
  • Intelligent – Analytical frameworks to not just report from available data but focus on decision making frameworks which are data driven. Example – Succession planning, Interviewer effectiveness, Attrition prediction, Promotion effectiveness etc.
  • Open Platform – Darwinbox is built in an open API framework which allows it to easily integrate with any system in the future which again will improve the experience of both the employees and administrators alike

In July 2016, this firm successfully raised a round of funding from investors including Mr. Mohandas Pai (through his investment vehicle – 3one4 Capital), Endiya Partners, Startup Xseed and traxcn labs. Currently consisting of five modules, they plan to build more modules and integrate with other enterprise apps to complete the HR ecosystem. Kudos to the trio for coming up with such an amazing idea and converting it into a startup. This idea is indeed revolutionary and will definitely change the way people look at HR.




ChitMonks: Your Smart Chit Manager

“A Chit fund is a kind of savings scheme practiced in India. A chit fund company is a company that manages, conducts, or supervises such a chit fund” as defined in Section of the Chit Funds Act, 1982. Chit Funds is a unique financial instrument that helps customer segments over several decades by participating in a Chit Fund which is registered as per the Central Act and Governed by the State rules, the subscribers get a Safe, Better and Tax deferred dividends.
In today’s world where everything that can be duplicated all thanks to the advanced technology, it is difficult to locate genuine registered chit funds. But not anymore, all credits to ChitMonks: a neutral market place for promoting Chit Funds of Registered Chit Fund companies. ChitMonks is reimagining this traditional financial instrument using technology. They plan to bring different insights helping the subscribers, agents and foreman alike. Just receltly they have been a successful award winner at the TiE ISB Connect. They won the Guardian Angel award along with Stumagz.
As a subscriber with ChitMonks, you can wither be a Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise owner or a regular saver or a potential borrower tomorrow. You can choose a Chit which suits your capital needs and future requirements. ChitMonks help you to maximize your returns from the chits by considering your opportunity cost. Your rate of return is in your hands. ChitMonks help savers, borrowers, agents to get the best of the tool. Foreman companies will get benefited with genuine subscribers.


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Using this unique online service you can register for chits ranging from Rs. 1, 00,000 to Rs. 50, 00,000 and above. This online portal has loads of registered chit fund companies subscribed including Kapil Chits, Rao Brother Chits, Indiranagar Chits, Shri Nikila Chits, Surabhi Chits etc. The chit duration is also flexible as you can opt for chits that end in just 20 months or that go beyond 50 months as well.
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Startup Beats: Ditch the traditional way to get funded

There are three important players in the startup economy: startup enthusiasts, budding entrepreneurs and investors. Bringing all of them under one roof is a little difficult keeping in mind all of their’s different kinds of schedules. Plus, even if we are successful to bring them all together, do they all play equal roles when together?

Not every time! But this time, with Startup Beats, the conference organizers make sure to provide equal opportunity to the Startup Enthusiasts, Budding Entrepreneurs and the Investors. The event’s web and mobile applications ensure that you “vote the startups, rate the pitches and suggest the startups” which will not only help the startups in winning funds but also provide them with useful insights into the factors they need to concentrate upon.

StartupBeats is the largest conference that is to be held for the first time all over India. It is a very unique event which ensure that it will help the investors decide funding of the startups with audiences’ votes and ratings. Which startup will get funded? This question’s answer will lie in the votes of customers who will be the audience of the conference.

“Join us and have your presence felt in breaking the traditional ways of getting funded and in making a difference to the ways startups think. Be a part of this awesome event and network with aspiring entrepreneurs, startups, techies, achievers, artists, dreamers, top executives and many more.” Guarantees the team of StartupBeats.

What to expect in this conference?

The event is the very first in its own kind and it’s all set to be as big as possible. There are going to be –

  • 40+ speakers
  • 200+ VCs
  • 4000+ applications are expected
  • 100+ partners

And the best part? They are all going to be involved in deciding the future of each startup that is going to pitch in at the conference. The startups are going to fly from all over the nation and will range from different fields including agritech, robotics, Data analytics, Health sector, transportation and mobile money.

What’s in for startups?

Do you think this conference is just as any other that is going to provide you a platform to pitch? Then you are simply WRONG! Apart from pitching in your idea, you will also get hands on access to

  • Connections
  • Media attention
  • Instant funding
  • Mentorship

StartupBeats is unique as the event will give its participants the full right to provide review and feedback on the spot. They will be given the power to rate the startup and can let entrepreneurs know their developmental areas and the important factors they need to work upon. At the same time the investors too can get a basic understanding of what the customers are really interested into and can get a base on which startup to invest into so as to get higher returns.

Event Details:

When – 27th November 2016

Where – T-Hub, Gachibowli, Hyderabad

Time – 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Tickets – Buy your tickets here today! And guess what? Avail a 25% flat discount.


T-Hub turns 1: The celebrations begin

captureWe have all been hearing the buzz T-Hub has been creating since its inauguration. We have been seeing how it has made huge differences in the entrepreneurial journeys. And guess what? T-Hub is going to turn 1 on 12th November 2016. The event agenda is set for 11th and 12th November 2016.

It definitely is a time to celebrate and rejoice all the success that startups have had tasted which truly added to the success of T-Hub as well. Keeping in mind this big reason to celebrate, T-hub is planning to make it a big day for all those who are directly or indirectly associated with this huge initiative.

The Telangana Government knows that all through the year, entrepreneurs have been working day in and out to make the city number 1 in the startup ecosystem and that is why, on T-Hub’s first anniversary, the Government decided to celebrate this day in such a way that startup owners can relax while they gain some insightful knowledge through pitching sessions.

Headstart along with T – Hub, is all set to bring a power packed Startup Saturday alongside the THub anniversary celebrations. There is going to be meaningful discussions on the topics – “key elements that go into building an A-team for Startups”, “the team that works with an empty Canvas to bring their dreams and ideas to life”.

As part of this event, you can play two roles – You can either register your startup for the funding opportunities that are going to be made available, or you can pitch in your idea in front of experts.


Different sessions will happen simultaneously at the following 2 stages (Startup Saturday and T-Hub anniversary)

  • Create stage – Pitching stage
  • Converge stage – Speaker session stage
  • Startup Saturday

The common events would include –

09:00 – 10:00 am: Registration


10:00 – 11:30 am: Welcome Speech

11:30 – 11:45 am: Tea Break

The create stage would include –

11:45-12:45 pm: Pitch – a – perfect

12:45-1:15 pm: AgriTech Pitch

1:15-1:45 pm: HealthTech Pitch

1:45-2:15 pm: Networking Bingo Lunch Time Prizes

2:15-2:45 pm: Lunch

2:45-3:15 pm: FinTech Pitch

3:15-3:45 pm: Smart Cities Pitch

3:45-4:15 pm: Tea Break

4:15-5:15 pm: Sector agnostic Pitch

The Converge stage would include – Day 2

11:45 – 12:45 pm: What makes a CEO

12:45-1:15 pm: Millennials shrinking the screen for Marketing

1:15-1:45 pm: Blockchain – the real answer?

1:45-2:15 pm: Networking Bingo Lunch time prizes

2:15-2:45 pm: Lunch

2:45-3:15 pm: Design: its impact

3:15-3:45 pm: Winning in the app economy

3:45-4:15 pm: Tea Break

4:15-4:45 pm: Legalities not formalities: Toeing the legal line

4:45-5:15 pm: Decision Making & Delegation

5:15- 5:30 pm: Networking bingo Lunch time prizes

5:30-6:00 pm: Bird’s eye view of an investor – Panel Discussion (Moderated by Padmaja Ruparel)

6:00-6:30 pm: Closing Talk

Event Details:

When – 12th November 2016

Where – CyberCity Conventions, Kothaguda

Time: 09:00 am onwards


  • To level up your pitch game – Register here
  • If you are a student and are willing to volunteer for the event, apply here

Be there for a day long session full of pitching, meeting mentors and great learning.


TV streaming platform YuppTV secures 300 crore funding from Emerald Media

YuppTV is an over-the-top content (OTT) provider for South Asian Content, as live TV, Catch-up TV, and Unlimited Movies. This internet based TV service provider allows broadcasters to reach their respective audience. This service operates in 14 languages throughout the world.


Founded by Uday Nandan Reddy in 2006, this internet based TV service provider has got huge success throughout the world. Their headquarters are located in Atlanta and Mumbai. They have recently roped in Mahesh babu as their brand ambassador. Yupp TV’s journey from two channels to   more than 180 Channels today reaching consumers worldwide is surely awe inspiring.

KKR & Co. L.P. (formerly known as Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.) is an American multinational private equity firm and is headquartered in New York. The firm sponsors and manages private equity investment funds. KKR has announced that it has bought a significant stake in Yupptv for 50 million dollars.

Uday Reddy, Promoter and CEO of YuppTV, said, “We couldn’t ask for a stronger partner than Emerald Media(KKR). YuppTV is a content distribution platform with a strong consumer connection, and Emerald Media has global media relationships. We hope to leverage their relationships and existing assets Endemol, OML, Fluence and Graphic India to create original programming and make this platform a next generation distribution and content powerhouse.”

Uday Reddy is surely an inspiration for he has come to a platform where he provides TV services to around 400 million houses throughout the world from being a farmer’s son in a small town in Telangana.

Salute to the man and the empire he has created around the world. Startuphyderabad.com wishes the entire team the all the success in years to come.

Here are links to download YuppTV mobile apps

YuppTV iOS app: https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/yupptv-for-iphone/id665805393?mt=8

YuppTV Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tru


Celes Care raises seed fund of $1mn from Endiya Partners

“Access to good health and care shouldn’t depend on where you live.”

13925267_1050683118351589_1457162025329905804_nCeles Care, a Hyderabad based startup, is India’s first virtual health clinic for women available both as an app and web platform. Celes.care provides access to licensed women’s healthcare professionals on all 7 days of the week and also provides an option to digitise your healthcare data and store is securely .

Celes Care raised $1 million ( Rs.6.7 crore) in seed round funding from early-stage venture capital firm Endiya Partners and a few other individuals. Endiya Partners  work on encouraging startups in technology, healthcare and customer service sectors.

Raghu Bathina and Rajah Koppala founded CelesCare in 2015. Raghu Bathina holds a master degree in computer engineering and is also the Director of HAPPI, an NGO raising health awareness about NCDs in India. Rajah Koppala, Vascular interventional radiologist in Hyderabad & owner of AVIS Hospital, is the chief Medical Director of CelesCare.

The Company aims to use the funds for technological enhancement, marketing and brand building. Kudos to CelesCare for the ideology and implementation of this platform, and receiving the seed fund. Startuphyderabad.com congratulates for the achievement and wishes good luck for more innovation and great work in the healthcare industry.

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