When it comes to tech startups, India has been maintaining a competitive edge globally—in fact, the country’s strong economic/business initiatives and superb educational institutions play a significant role in producing the nation’s innovative entrepreneurs.
This is especially the case in the southern city of Chennai, the second largest financial hub in India after Mumbai. Here is our list of the top 11 startups from the eastern Indian metropolis you need to know about in 2017 and beyond.
PiQube is a hiring intelligence tool that mimics a recruiter’s brain through use of analytics and machine learning. The application intelligently searches the entire Internet for applicant profiles matching the client’s requirements.
ContractIQ is a website for mobile solution providers and app developers to showcase and broadcast their work to potential clients. Hundreds of providers are currently using the platform, as are prominent brands like Siemens, Philips, Soylent, H&R Block, to name a few.
Formerly known as MyEasyDocs, DocsWallet is a global electronic document authentication and verification platform that offers blockchain-based digital locker services for minimizing document fraud. The company was incubated at IIT Madras Research Park.
Another IIT Madras RTBI-incubated startup, Skill Angels aims to redefine children’s learning process by focusing on cognitive skills development, life skills, and social skills development. Its Brain Skills Puzzles Suite has won various awards and citations, including the 2014 Hot 100 Technology Awards and the 2015 CavinKare-MMA Chinnikrishnan Innovation Awards, among others.
Booking the perfect location for a special occasion can be quite a hassle—BigFDay alleviates this pain with its search engine for event venues. Users can search over 500 venues in Chennai for hosting a variety of event types, from small group meetings to big parties.
Hyperverge is a developer of bleeding edge image recognition technologies—its Silver app consists of modules for the automatic recognition of people, scenes, events, documents, and objects within photos. Use cases include photo quality analysis (e.g., finding bad photos, duplicates, spam photos, etc.) , automatic photo clustering for gallery creation, and more.
Avaz’s app was designed to help children suffering from cerebral palsy, communication disorders, and autism develop language and communication skills easier and faster. Users can express their feelings by choosing the appropriate picture or by using the integrated keyboard.
BankBazaar allows users to shop for loans and credit cards online—the company has partnered with India’s leading financial institutions and insurance firms to assemble all the best deals in one place. Users can search for, compare, and apply for loans/credit cards/insurance products via one interface.
Stayzilla is India’s largest platform for verified homestays and alternate stay experiences. The app allows users to search for/reserve rooms in value hotels across India and features a “community” feature on the app for matching hosts and guests by their preferences and shared interests.
Adjutas has developed a cloud-based help desk and asset management platform for enterprise IT. The solution is currently being used by over 200 companies worldwide including Calus, Integra, Technosys, and Allergan, among others.
Sulekha has developed a powerful need fulfillment and monetization platform that generates qualified, parameterized leads to a vast number of local SMBs in 40 cities. The service currently works both in India as well as the U.S. and Canada.
Some of these Chennai-based tech startups have already achieved market successes, while others have just begun their journeys. Be sure to keep these innovators in your sights as they build and/or refine their products and services over the course of the coming months and years.