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Odisha Artist Makes 40 Products From Bamboo, Can Replace Most Plastic in Your Home

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In Bihar’s Jamui district there is a unique public playground under construction. From benches and chairs to swings, slides, and even dustbins around the playground will be made of Bamboo – thanks to Ananda Mohanta, an Odisha-based artisan.

Who Will Get The COVID-19 Vaccination First? Here’s What India Is Planning

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At the time of writing this story, there are approximately 7 million active COVID-19 cases in the world, with 4.2 million in India alone, and the one thing that the human race collectively is hoping comes through sooner rather than later is a vaccine.

Startup Talk: With, Samarjith Baskaran, Co – Founder of Doorpin

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I hope this can inspire you to become a successful entrepreneur too! Why is it important to hear the story of a successful entrepreneur?

Having the vision to become an entrepreneur is great. Making it happen is another story!

In that frame, I had the pleasure to interview Samarjith Baskaran, founder of Doorpin. Doorpin aims to solve the problem of physical storage of the records by providing the most secure storage available on the cloud, to which one can simply upload the said files or reports. Doorpin has also simplified the entire laborious process and replaced it with simple UI/UX so much, that it’s as simple as taking a photo of the report and then uploading it to the cloud, all at the touch of a button, on your phone!

Startup Talk: With Prerna Manchanda, Co-Founder of Waaxxyy

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1. What gets you out of bed in the morning i.e what’s your source of motivation?
My source of motivation is my urge to always do more and never stop. Also to deliver the best quality products to clients and grab all the opportunity that comes my way.

2. Why should people choose your product/services?
Waxxyy provides all the services which are custom made based on client necessity, budget, and color preference because each design shows the emotions and personality of the individual. We are also known for delivering the product on time and these days everyone wants their gifts, cards, envelopes, etc should stand out in society.

This ‘Made in India’ app aims to make bookkeeping easy for MSME sector

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According to Statista, India has nearly 700 million internet users across the country at present. Despite this, the digital adoption among small businesses is very low. While accounting software is a favourite for big businesses, most MSMEs in the country still do their accounts on paper. 

Helping these companies move online is Raipur-based GimBooks. Started in 2017, the startup was one of the winners of the government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge in the business category.

Founded by Yash Raj Agrawal, GimBooks is a cloud-based bookkeeping and business management platform that aims to make business easy for millions of small entrepreneurs by providing them a convenient mobile first, easy-to-use, and affordable solution.

Ayurveda startup AyuRythm is using tech to offer personalised wellness solution to users

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Ramanath Padmanabhan, Sandeep Acharya, and Abhilesh Gupta were not just neighbours but also shared a common interest in activities like cricket, running, and golf. They noticed there was a large group of people who aspired to look good and stay fit, but hated calorie counting and bodybuilding. 

It was then they thought of looking at natural ways of staying healthy and fit. They looked at Ayurveda and wellness segment and realised it is based on simple dos and don’ts. 

How India Hemp & Co is helping cement the country’s budding hemp industry

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halini Bhattacharya was crippled by chronic backpain in 2017 when she was working in Spain. Round after round of MRIs and different painkiller regimens failed to bring her any sort of long-term relief, and she found herself forced to slow down.

A problem-solver, Shalini researched various alternative pain management therapies, and that’s when she stumbled upon CBD (cannabidiol) — a compound found in the cannabis plant — and life, as they say, changed for better.

This Hyderabad-based edtech startup aims to help students ‘un’school themselves

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Like many engineering graduates in India, 25-year-old Rahul Varma became an engineer not by choice but out of chance. He realised much later in life that his passion lay in management and sales, and not coding. After heading AIESEC’s operations in India, he went on to become the Chief Operating Officer for an edtech startup in Bengaluru. 

There, Rahul realised that India’s schooling and education system was outdated, as there hardly is any industry relevance to what was being taught in schools and colleges. Most of the youth lack industry relevance and real-time skills to keep up with the pace of change in technology and other industries.

From zero to million downloads: Story of Kaagaz Scanner.

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When India banned the first list of Chinese apps on June 30, founders of Gurugram-based Ordenado Labs had a moment “they were craving for”. It wasn’t about the ban though. It was the moment their app went from zero downloads to millions. The 15-day-old scanning app Kaagaz Scanner had garnered a million downloads soon after the ban on 59 Chinese apps, including CamScanner which allows devices to be used as document or image scanners.

Gaurav Shrishrimal, Co-founder of Ordenado Labs, the parent company of Kaagaz Scanner, tells YourStory that while the aim was to not replace the likes of CamScanner, the team aspired to have a Made in India app for everyday use instead of relying on apps from other countries. After the overnight success, he says the idea was to live up to the expectations of those who were vouching for the app. 

Inflexor Ventures marks its first close of its ‘Inflexor Technology Fund’ at Rs 230 Cr

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VC & PE firm Inflexor Ventures marked the first close of their ‘Inflexor Technology Fund’ by raising Rs 230 cr. This is a sector-agnostic technology fund that was launched early this year.

Fund would be deployed in backing 6-8 early-stage startups at pre-Series A to Series A stage, especially working in segments such as health tech, fintech, consumer-tech, cleantech, edtech, agritech, and others. While it would infuse anywhere between Rs 5-7 crore cheque at the initial stage, Rs 15-20 crore investment would be provided to the portfolio companies in the follow-on rounds.