Nowadays, people are showing interest in launching their own startups rather than working for any other company. To inculcate the entrepreneurship values and to encourage budding entrepreneurs, government is also coming up with new campaigns for it. Startup India by Government of India and T-hub by Telangana State Government are of that kind.
Gujarat University Startup and Entrepreneurship Council (GUSEC) in association with Gujarat CSR Authority also initiated a campaign called Jump Start, an opportunity for startups to get pre-seed funding. They received applications from 350 startups, out of which 50 applications have been moved forward. The shortlisted startups are invited for an interview and 25 startups became eligible for pre-seed funding.
Through this Jump Start, the selected startups are granted with a pre-seed fund of Rs. 40,000, necessary infrastructure, incubation and mentorship for their growth and development.
The most start ups which are selected are incubated in GU Startup and Entrepreneurship Council and Gujarat University. Only a few are out of Gujarat University. But after being selecting for this Jump Start, all startups are given the same preference. The rest 25 startups among the shortlisted are given with infrastructure support, incubation and mentorship at GUSEC.
To advance and support the budding entrepreneurs in the University, GUSEC was established in November 2015. The Gujarat University SEC has the capacity to incubate 80 startups. Till today it has supported 43 startups. Presently 36 startups are incubated in it.
The mission of GUSEC is to create job creators, not the job seekers. It also plans to set up a centralized startup support system for all the colleges under it.
The 25 startups which are selected for the grant are:
1) Sudaksha: It adapts drone technology in real time to improve the stability without the requirement of calibration.
2) Synbiotic Foods: This food startup offer products with Spirulina to improve nutrition levels. Also, they provide a combo of prebiotics and probiotics.
3) Sports Wearable: It is an IoT device to record and analyze the data of an athlete and gives feedback.
4) WeHear: They are working on hearing aids for deaf people. This device is BlueTooth enabled and the user can listen to songs and speak on phone.
5) My Class Campus: For effective communication among teachers, students, parents and management, My Class Campus is a personalized application for that purpose.
6) Resource Center for Actuarial Mathematics: It is a center for actuarial studies which involves advanced mathematics and statistics.
7) Funkaar Gigs: It is a connection between musicians and people who are looking for musicians.
8) Tractor Sodho: It is a rental service provider for farm machinery and equipment.
9) Planet Earthligs: They develop a virtual world and network to bring all children around the world to learn at a place.
10) CampusYaari: They developed a custom merchandise solutions for small and big brands.
11) Chemsol: Developed a synthetic method for a cancer drug, which may change how drugs are made around the globe.
12) Salubrious Gujarat: They are working to explore medicinal plants for critical illness.
13) Wittybrowns: They are to introduce moral and practical education to students across several schools.
14) D.A.C.H: It is called as De Assemble Camera Holster. It is used to decrease the weight of professional camera from neck and shoulders to the waist of the photographer.
15) SciTech: They are working to develop scientific approach and aptitude in children up to age 14 years.
16) Infin24: They are a guide to customers to buy mutual funds and financial assistance to customers.
17) Lutalica: It is a forum of the same kind of writers to share and express their thoughts.
18) PreBOO: It is an application which enables tutors and teachers to send reports and other activities of the student to parents.
19) StudentDesk: It is a platform where students can sell, buy, exchange and donate their books.
20) App-based Ambulance Calling and Tracking: A mobile based application which enables to request an ambulance on phone.
21) CashBasket: It is a platform where the customer can find many discount coupons and cash cards.
22) Luminati: They are with an innovative idea to design smart clothing.
23) ieacon: They have created a new platform to interact with customers. By this, the distance between the customers and merchants can be decreased.
24) BrainyBottle: They developed a mechanism for the self-destruction of used plastic and aluminum bottles.
25) Kollegians: It is a college management system which can host data from multiple colleges at a time.
Discover Kheyti, The Startup Changing The Lives of Farmers In India
Farming has been an integral part of India’s history and culture for ages. It’s been the foundation of the Indian economy, supporting millions of people with food and jobs. Crops and agriculture hold immense importance in Indian society, not just in terms of money, but also in terms of culture, community, and spirituality.
Farming is a way of life for many people in India, but it can be a difficult and unpredictable business and farmers face a number of challenges, from erratic weather patterns to low market prices for their crops. Kheyti is a social enterprise founded in 2015 by Saumya, Kaushik Kappagantula, and Sathya Raghu. The organisation provides sustainable solutions to small farmers in India, helping them overcome challenges and improve their lives.
Kheyti’s flagship product is the “Greenhouse-in-a-Box,” a low-cost modular greenhouse that allows farmers to grow high-value crops year-round, even in unfavourable weather conditions. operates on a subscription-based model, where farmers can purchase a “Greenhouse-in-a-Box” kit or sign up for crop advisory services on a monthly or annual basis. Kheyti.com also earns revenue by connecting farmers with markets and buyers, taking a small commission on sales. They work to keep the costs low by partnering with local manufacturers to produce their products and leveraging tech to provide personalised crop advisory services at scale.
They also provide crop advisory services to farmers, offering personalised advice on crop selection, planting, and management. In total, The company has helped over 6,000 small farmers increase their incomes by an average of 300%. You call them small farmers, Kheyti calls them Smart farmers!
While there are other companies in India that offer similar solutions to small farmers, Kheyti stands out for its focus on sustainability, innovation, and community involvement. It works closely with farmers to develop tailored solutions that meet their needs while focusing on sustainable farming practices. Through its efforts, Kheyti has improved soil health, reduced water usage, and increased yields of various crops.
Looking ahead, Kheyti plans to expand its reach to more farmers in India and beyond and aims to continue developing new products and services that can help small farmers overcome the challenges they face. With its commitment to sustainability and innovation, The visionaries at Kheyti claim it has the potential to transform the agricultural sector and contribute to a more equitable future for all.
Imagine the joy and hope Kheyti brings to struggling farmers in India. With Kheyti’s help, over 6,000 small farmers have transformed their lives, becoming Smart farmers who handle challenges and succeed. With sustainable solutions, Kheyti is not only revolutionising agriculture but also spreading hope for a brighter future.
Leher Versus Clubhouse: Which Audio Listening Startup Would You Choose?
Clubhouse is a new type of social networking platform which is an audio only platform. This means every conversation takes place through audio where users speak to let their thoughts known. Users can create and host rooms where speakers will talk about a particular topic. Originating in the Silicon Valley, Clubhouse attracted some major names onto its platform like Elon Musk, Evan Williams, Reddit co founder Alexis Ohanian, former Y Combinator President Sam Altman, AngelList co founder Naval Ravikant, Ashton Kuthcer, Oprah Winfrey, Drake, Kevin Hart and many others are some of the influential personalities who are on Clubhouse. There is however a catch as Clubhouse is currently limited to iOS.
Leher is an Indian made alternative to Clubhouse and is a similar audio sharing and listening startup. Leher also has video support unlike Clubhouse and is also available for both Android and iOS. However, Leher does not have the biggest names in the world on its platform but it does have significant micro influencers and is growing at a rapid pace. Within 180 days of its beta version launch, the company claimed to have its users spend about 44 minutes every day and 250,000 minutes per month for live video sessions.
We at Startup Stories are curious to see which among Leher or Clubhouse would our readers choose to take part in a virtual discussion. Please let us know your answer in the poll below.
Why Are Ads On Digital Media Failing To Reach The Right Audience?
If you are a regular user of social media platforms and also a fan of consuming content on the digital medium, then there is a very high likelihood that you have seen ads on pages you are reading or watching something. There would be times when you have been targeted by an ad which feels like it was wrongly targeted at you. Imagine if you are a vegetarian by choice and while browsing online, if you are targeted by a food delivery app which shows ads about chicken dishes. The ad would only serve to spoil the mood of the online user instead of serving its actual purpose which is to push the user to buy a chicken dish.
These wrongly targeted ads might be the side effects of performance marketing or a weak brand marketing. Performance marketing means advertising programs where advertisers pay only when a specific action occurs. These actions can include a generated lead, a sale, a click, and more. Inshort, performance marketing is used to create highly targeted ads for a very specific target audience at a low cost. Performance marketing usually means high volume for a very specific cost.
Brand marketers on the other hand believe in narrowly defining target audiences but end up spending a lot of money on ad placements. Gautam Mehra, CEO, Dentsu Programmatic India & CDO, Dentsu International Asia Pacific said, “You’ve defined a persona, you know the emotions you want to elicit, but then you buy a YouTube masthead and CricInfo sponsorships because IPL is up. If brand advertisers look at audience-based buys more deeply than just placements, you will see more relevant ads (sic.)”
Performance marketing is more of a sales function rather than a marketing function and is about meeting the cost of acquisition. This is a reason why budgets are usually high for performance marketing. Mehra goes on to add, “the fact is that an engineer can out-beat FMCGs on performance marketing. Advertisers who have cracked this are spending 10x and are on an ‘always on’ mode (unlike time-bound brand campaigns.)”
There is always the case of supply and demand, with the supply usually exceeding the demand on digital platforms. Ultimately, it boils down to the choice between no ad versus low relevance ad and it is quite easy to guess that having a low relevance ad is better.
Arvind R. P., Director – Marketing and Communications at McDonald’s India (West and South,) said “McDonalds’ for instance, has seen its share of spends on digital grow from 20% levels a couple of years back to over 40% at present. Outcomes of this journey have been encouraging, proven by our media-mix-modelling and other key metrics. We have seen best results from an optimal mix of Television plus digital (sic.)” Moreover, Arvind also believes performance marketing only approach could turn out to be more suited to short term, versus a more consistent full funnel effort. The latter ensures adequate emphasis on building consideration, as well as growing transactions. Arvind feels digital is a complex medium which needs investment in the right talent who could use the right tools. Brands which underestimate the need for the investment are often disappointed from the return on investment from the digital medium.
With the constantly changing consumer dynamics marketers are now shifting to unscripted marketing which frankly needs more insights into the consumer mindset. The lack of marketers to do the proper research is why digital medium is plagued with irrelevant ads.
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