One of India’s earliest hubs of business activity and trade, Kolkata, previously known as Calcutta, served as the focal point of the country’s modern advancements until the early 20th century. Today, cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, and Pune are perhaps more well-known for innovative tech ventures, but the capital of West Bengal is also making making headway in this regard.
Entrepreneurs from Kolkata are in full force in 2017—with many setting up shop in and around the city’s IT-centric Salt Lake City area. Here are the top 13 you need to know about in 2017 and beyond.
ChronitoPOS has developed a cloud-based point of sale (PoS) solution for retail establishments and restaurants. The comprehensive solution is available for the Android Tablet, iPad, as well as touch/non-touch PC platforms.
GlobalStat is an analytics solution provider focusing on statistical science, predictive analytics, machine/deep learning, IoT development, cloud/big data implementations, and more. Its solutions are in use across a myriad of industries, from healthcare and pharma to banking/insurance and telecommunications.
Nectar is a web/mobile consultancy that also develops its own suit of branded solutions; its flagship Mihup app is an AI-enabled personal mobile digital assistant with over 5 million users and a monthly growth rate of around 15%.
Nfly.in offers an online recruitment platform that bridges the void between the growing pool of qualified candidates and the hiring requirements of modern firms. The solution focuses on connecting recent college graduates to new startup job opportunities.
MindHour’s elearning platform offers a gamified learning experience to students in Classes VI to X. The platform currently has over 5,00,000 registered users
Paydeck is an electronic payment platform that allows customers to pay for services or send invoices/receive payments easily. The solution enables consumers to pay with their credit cards regardless of whether or not merchants can accept credit card payments.
Surgerica is a platform that allows users to browse and find the best doctors and hospitals in India. The company aims to bring transparency to the Indian healthcare industry and has been featured in BBC News, India Today, Silicon India, Business Insider, and more
Joogaru is an free shopping platform and virtual assistant that delivers the best of local shops, retailers, and services directly to your doorstep. A myriad of items and deals can be had with a click/tap, from toothbrushes and pencils to late-night noodles and painkillers/medication.
TruckHall has developed a road transportation and logistics solution that uses smart technology to fulfill any order reaching its platform. The company features more than 1500 active vehicle suppliers on its platform.
RedElegant is a UI/UX design and web development firm that specializes in creating custom user experiences for leading brands. The company also offers its own suite of products that includes Basket: an article/video bookmarking tool.
iKure’s solution is a wireless health incident monitoring system for providing remote healthcare services to rural areas where proper health clinic and medicine may not be readily accessible. The system operates via a operated hub-and-spoke model and vast network of rural health workers trained to provide primary healthcare services.
Roovx develops smart LED lighting solutions that merge embedded computing power, wireless intelligent sensor connectivity, and a powerful software backend to reduce energy consumption levels. The company’s smart lamp offerings are available directly from its website.
Despite various socio-political and resource challenges faced by local entrepreneurs and the population at large, Kolkata’s tech startups are nonetheless attracting the interest of investors and global audiences looking for innovative products and services. Be sure to keep these 13 in your sights in 2017 and beyond.