Google Launchpad accelerator has announced the list of six Indian startups for their fourth class of accelerator program. They will be joining an inspiring group of startups from all over Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. With this batch, a total of 26 Indian startups have now become part of the launchpad accelerator program from India.
The fourth class will kick off on July 17th, 2017 at the Google Developers Launchpad Space in San Francisco with a two weeks all-expense-paid mentorship boot camp. This batch of startups will gain from their new curriculum that will help the startups dig deeper into machine learning and AI and help them leverage Google’s latest technologies to scale their apps.
In the six months program, they will undergo intensive mentoring from 20+ teams across Google and mentors from top technology companies and VCs in Silicon Valley. Additionally they will receive equity-free support and credits for Google products and continue to work closely with Google back in India during their 6-month program.
These startups were shortlisted from hundreds of startups who applied this year based on their unique value proposition and use of latest technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence to build high impact solutions that are solving for the Indian context, focusing on new internet users and digital India. They cover optimization of financial services ranging from loans, credit cards, up to date information platform for train journeys, online video platform focussing on content from Indian cinema from South of India to the unique implementation of AI to aid discovery of recipes for cooking.
The list also includes B2B companies that use AI or ML for various applications be it image recognition capabilities to aid medical diagnosis by analysing visual data, providing solutions for talent acquisition and workforce optimization.
Here’s the full list of shortlisted startups from India:
1. EdGE Networks: HR solutions provider powered by Artificial Intelligence
Founded in 2012 and supported by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), EdGE Networks provides next-gen technology solutions for workforce transformation – powered by Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. EdGE Networks is focused on the development of workforce planning solutions with the use of artificial intelligence and data science technology solutions. EdGE Networks offers HIREalchemy, a product that enables businesses to search, find, rate, and recruit talent for their job opportunities; an internal workforce management solution that is able to analyze and allocate jobs for each employee; and Talent Analytics that provides analytics which focus on workforce optimization and talent acquisition.
EdGE Networks was founded by Arjun Pratap. It is based in Bangalore, India.
2. FastFilmz: The Super App for Super Fans of South Indian movies!
Fastfilmz, operating in the Video on Demand market, is seeking to push the boundaries of the way, India’s 250m smartphone users, watch movies.
Fastfilmz has the exclusive India license for internationally acclaimed, proven & patented video compression technology: V-Nova’s PerseusTM. Giving, for the first time, fast and uninterrupted HD video streaming and downloading to the 80% of India’s urban population living in tier 2/3 cities.
With an exciting proposition for Regional India, fastfilmz is all set to make deep inroads into the hearts and minds of this movie crazy population. The company currently has Tamil and Telugu content.
3. IndiaLends: Credit underwriting and analytics platform for unsecured consumer lending
IndiaLends is digital lending and borrowing marketplace that connects consumers and small businesses looking for low rate loans with institutional lenders looking for good returns. Available on both the web and mobile, the company also provides value-add services such as big-data analytics, credit risk assessment and verification, and automated work-flows for loan origination and management to lenders while borrowers can apply for unsecured personal loans online, get access to their credit reports for free and manage their daily spends via the IndiaLends Mobile App. Launched in 2015, the company is based in New Delhi, India. Gaurav Chopra and Mayank Kachhwaha are the founders of IndiaLends.
4. RailYatri: Intelligent, big data platform that leverages crowd-sourced content to help long distance travelers
RailYatri mobile app provides real-time information on live train status, PNR Status, seat availability predictions, fare calculator, platforms/ facilities at stations, personalized alerts, access to essential travel services like meals and taxi. RailYatri provides information on over 9000 locations and 14500 trains (including long distance trains, local trains and metros). Within its first year of the launch, RailYatri’s Android app has crossed 1 million downloads. The company has also partnered with taxi services firms across 20 cities and food vendors across 300 stations. Founded in 2011 by Manish Rathi, Kapil Raizada and Sachin Saxena, RailYatri investors include Nandan Nilekani and Blume Ventures.
5. RecipeBook: Intelligent solutions in food and retail powered by deep learning computer vision
Recipe Book is the popular intelligent Cooking App on Android Play store. Recipe Book is solving recipe discovery problem with the help of Artificial Intelligence. The most prominent and distinguishing feature that made it stand apart from the competition is Snap n Cook feature, where a user clicks an image of an ingredient, then our app recognises it and suggests the user best recipes which could be made out of that ingredient. They are the first company in recipe-space to introduce deep learning computer vision. Founded by a group of food enthusiasts under the company Agrima Infotech, RecipeBook is based out of Kochi, Kerala, India.
6. SigTuple: Smart screening solutions powered by data driven intelligence
SigTuple builds intelligent screening solutions to aid diagnosis through artificial intelligence powered analysis of visual medical data. Founded in 2015 by Rohit Pandey, Apurv Anand, Tathagato Dastidar, SigTuple is based in Bangalore, India. SigTuple’s investors include Accel Partners, Infosys founders Kris Gopalakrishnan, S.D.Shibulal, Flipkart’s founders Sachin Bansal, Binny Bansal, IDG Ventures India, Axilor Ventures, Endiya Ventures.
Some of the prominent Indian startups from the previous batches of Launchpad accelerator include Rentomojo, ShareChat, JustRide, Holachef, Nestaway.
Source: Google India blog