A decade ago, the city of Pune did not have much to offer in terms of startups—Bengaluru was then—and still is—the country’s startup capital. This is fast changing, however, as the western Indian metropolis continues to experience phenomenal growth in startups and acquisitions/funding-related activity.
In fact, Pune is already hub of traditional software service providers and consulting companies; this makes it a hotbed for technical talent like software developers, engineering managers, and product managers.
The following are 13 tech startups from Pune you need to know about in 2017 and beyond.
Sarkcloud is a developer of of digital integrated solutions for mobile devices and the cloud. Its Popping Alphabet solution is an interactive, phonic learning app for small children that makes learning the alphabet more enjoyable and interactive.
Plobal Apps provides mobile solutions for small and medium-sized businesses—most notably, a DIY platform for creating Android and iOS apps. The solution allows users to develop apps in 10 minutes or less, complete with Shopify and Magento integration.
Altizon has developed a big data platform specifically for powering Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and products. The company was recently named in the 2017 Gartner Competitive Landscape of IoT Platform Vendor Report.
Arcatron develops smart wheelchairs for making assisted living safer and more dignified. The startup recently won the Best Startup Award at the Surge Conference 2016, bringing home $100,000 worth of free credits from Google.
Sapience Analytics has developed a people analytics software solution that empowers users and organizations to own/improve employee productivity, engagement, productivity, and profitability. The company boasts over 100,000 users and 75 clients across 13 countries and was recognized as a Cool Vendor in Content and Social Analytics by Gartner in 2015.
Cabby Tabby is a mobile infotainment/ad-tech firm with a patented content-delivery technology that provides real-time analytics to ad publishers. The company began a pilot program to provide in-cab entertainment for Uber across India in June 2017.
Docplexus is India’s largest and fastest growing online community for doctors—akin to a Linkedin for medical professionals. The social network has over 175,000 registered doctors across 89 specialties and 1,500 cities.
Helpshift has developed a mobile-focused CRM with an in-app support help desk with chat capabilities. The solution is installed on over 1.3 billion devices and serves over 130 million users every month.
Mobikon’s mEngage customer engagement and marketing solution is a cloud-based platform that helps restaurants manage all aspects of their operations. The solution serves over 9 million diners in over 9 countries.
Workapps has developed a SaaS platform for enterprise workflow collaboration (EWC) that helps organizations improve team efficiency and collaboration. The solution works across all devices—Android/iOS smartphones and tablets, Windows desktops, and more.
Tork has designed India’s first electric performance smart motorcycle—each set of wheels include advanced features like integrated GPS, cloud connectivity, built-in navigation capabilities, and more. The motorcycles are currently available for pre-booking.
SpiderG’s mobile app is a Swiss Army Knife for managing corporate tasks, expenses, invoices, and bookkeeping. The solution offers a to-do list, personal/professional expense management, leave management, invoice creation, and more.
InTouchApp’s contact management app stores contacts in the cloud and is available for all smartphone platforms. The solution has been featured in Entrepreneur, Time, and TechCrunch, among other media outlets, and currently boasts over 3 million downloads across the world.
Pune is still transitioning from a traditional manufacturing hub to a center of digital innovation, but it’s only a matter of time before it encroaches on Bengaluru’s dominance in the tech startup arena. Be sure to keep these 13 innovators on your radar in 2017 and beyond.