Smart city startup founders coming to Berlin
We are excited to announce the names of ten founders from India – and their amazing startups – that will be participating in the Delegation trip to Berlin during the Asia-Pacific Week 2019!
Journee is an AI-driven transit intelligence platform to make public transport the preferred public choice. Journee helps public transport authorities to maximise revenue and optimize operations by harnessing real-time data, thus making it predictable and easy to use for commuters. With an innovative, award-winning, integrated multi-modal ticketing and analytics solution, leveraging IndiaStack, Journee powers the move to ‘smart’ urban transportation infrastructure for smart cities with reduced traffic congestion and carbon footprint. Journee is incubated at We-Hub, a Government initiative to build an ecosystem of Women Entrepreneurs and has won many prestigious awards like #BuildOnIndiaStack from IIM Ahmedabad & iSPIRT, Move award from NITI Aayog, Government of India.
Vandhana Parkavi Valaguru is an IIM Bangalore alumni, an innovator, and entrepreneur who believes in solving real-world problems with technology. She has previously worked closely with international clients and successfully completed various projects. Her professional and educational background in the transportation industry, software engineering, and operational excellence laid the foundation of her own startup called Journee. Journee was a part of Vandhana’s dream to tangibly change the way people commute and under her leadership, the organization has won many prestigious awards.
CITILITY is an end-to-end Mobility Platform that makes Cities & Transit more connected, Efficient and Sustainable – thereby making the mobility experience more predictable and faster for citizens. The platform aggregates & computes mobility data such as parking, traffic, and violations by leveraging IoT gateway, sensors and application-aware AI engines. This supports city authorities to harness data for better governance and mobility policy decisions. Currently, Citility is mentored at the Innovation Acceleration Group at Berkeley UC.
Shampa Choudhury (Ganguly) has predominantly worked in the automotive space for giants such as Daimler GmBH, Visteon Inc., and in the service sector for companies such as Target Corporation within engineering and product management for almost a decade before taking a plunge into entrepreneurship. Her startup was shortlisted from India to join the White House initiative called the Global Entrepreneurship Program, where she met President Obama. She also holds an MS in Communication & Signal processing from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) as well as an MBA from IIM in Bangalore (India).
Bikxie is an app based taxi delivery service on two-wheelers for both men & women (Bikxie Blue & Pink), which is present in 9 cities in India and employs 600 drivers. Bikxie is a technology company with a social mission, and addresses not only the last mile transport & logistics needs of customers and businesses, but also keeps cognisance of environmental and socio-economic issues such as the improvement of standards of living and welfare of repressed sections of society. Bikxie now operates in more than 7 cities in the country and Bikxie Pink has received widespread recognition globally for its social mission of women employment, safety & empowerment.
Divya K. Sharma holds a post-graduate in Economics and has about 9 years of consulting sector experience in Retail Consumer Finance Strategy in organizations like Genpact, RBS and BCG. Divya has been lauded globally for charting out a roadmap to inclusive growth, being featured in an international publication called ‘200 Women’. She was also invited to be a part of the Markus Lanz show in 2018 and selected by BMW to be part of a discussion on the same topic at its Munich Headquarters last year.
DronaMaps is an enterprise platform to help large organisations extract analytics from imagery captured through drones. They use advanced AI/ deep learning tools to streamline the process, this starts right from data sorting at this end and geospatial analytics on the other. DronaMaps has two core specializations: rural/ urban development and precision agriculture. They have paid users from 6 state governments in India ( MP, UP, and AP among them) and two major Indian enterprise organisations such as Reliance Industries and Kotak Mahindra. They have also worked on several Smart City projects and even smart villages with the University of Berkeley.
Ayushi Mishra is the co-founder and Director of Strategic Partnerships for DronaMaps and specialises in Computer vision and AI. Along with her fellow co-founder Utkarsh, she studied at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore for her Masters in Engineering Management and also holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Biomedical Engineering. Ayushi’s first startup Magnolia Health was part of the MassChallenge last year and was among the winners in Techcrunch Disrupt NYC 2017. Ayushi thrives in the gray area between siloed discipline and she thinks in images and paints and writes when images are not enough. She passionately creates products when an expression is not enough. She is driven solely by the desire to contribute to the human condition.
SmartVizX are the creators of expansive environments that are interactive and futuristic. They stimulate potential users into experiencing avenues and spaces that haven’t been physically built yet by transforming elements of the real world into a virtual one and a virtual world into a real one. They make virtual interactive environments that look real – whether it’s seeing a brand new home for the first time or pioneering a construction project that will change the future. SmartVizX was the first Indian startup to commercially launch Trezi in 2018. Trezi is an immersive design collaboration platform for the building industry that dramatically transforms design collaboration, experience, and communication by bringing together all stakeholders in a project. SmartVizX was featured as a part of NASSCOM’s ‘League of 10’ product companies and selected to be part of the Microsoft India ScaleUp Program in 2018.
Tithi Tewari is an architect from a premier design school in India and worked with various international design firms in senior leadership positions for 15 years before founding SmartVizX in 2015. Her experience in communicating design vision through limited means such as 2D plans and 3D renders, led to the creation of Trezi – an immersive design collaboration platform for the building industry that has won many awards. As a women entrepreneur in technology and the Managing Director of SmartVizX she oversees sales, marketing, operations and corporate strategy. Outside of work, she is passionate about design, modern architecture, music, dance, learning new things and meeting people.
ML Infomap offers software solutions and service to the logistics, defense, health, Smart Cities, urban mapping and development verticals. It provides digital vector maps of India and IT/GIS services on desktop, mobile, server and cloud platforms. ML Infomap partnered with and supplied digital India City Maps for the innovative India Urban Observatory (IUO) and is also working on the KanpurSmart City project and Pimpri Chindwad Smart City Ltd. It is a grantee of the Grand Challenges India 2018, in the area of immunization data analytics and visualization.
Dr. Manosi Lahiri is a professional geographer and expert in Geographic Information Systems. She taught Geography at Delhi University for a decade before establishing India’s first GIS company, ML Infomap, in 1993. The company is women-owned and employs 35 technical professionals. Dr. Lahiri is the author of ‘Mapping India’ that traces 500 years of cartography of India and ‘Here Be Yaks’, a travelogue set in Tibet. She holds an MSC degree from the University of London and a PhD in Geography from the University of Delhi. She also represents India at the International Map Collectors’ Society and is Vice-President of Survey and Mapping Association, India.
Strava Technologies is India’s First Space Technology, operating since 2015. Cyber MonkeyTM is the research product from Strava Technologies that makes location
data more accurate and more intelligent for developing Maps. Currently, the company is providing Geospatial Applications in the form of 3D maps and Centralized Intelligent Operation center for Smart Cities, Urban Planning, Integrated Traffic Congestion Management, Crime Scene investigation etc. across different government sectors of India. They are also scaling up the service to the Government of Bahrain and Dubai this year. The back-end supporters of Strava include the Indian Space Research Center, the Retired Team from DRDO, Aviation, National Remote Sensing and Policing.
The company is also working on opening Strava Cyber Labs – a Cyber Defence Centre providing Cyber Security Intelligence for space technology application clients.
Jancy Jose holds a Bachelor’s’ Degree in Computer Science she and started her career as a Professor. She soon followed her passion for Entrepreneurship and started her journey at the age of 22 by founding Strava Technologies, a fully women-owned company. She holds an Honorary Position at the Kerala Police Cyberdome as a Deputy Commander for their Cyber Security Wing. She won Emerging Entrepreneur of the year in 2015, Femina World Women Leadership Award in the IT Sector in 2017 & Best Cyber Security Supporters Award from the Police in 2018. In 2018, she was also listed in the Top 5 Women Entrepreneurs in the 4th Industrial Revolutionary Tech in the Under 30 Age group for the Asia-Pacific Region
LeanAgri is an early-stage startup founded in April 2017 by engineers from IIT Madras and provides Data analytics and Artificial Intelligence based personalized assistance solutions to Indian farmers. These solutions reduce the decision making on farmers and they get dynamic end-to-end assistance with respect to the activities which need to be followed during the crop cycle. The company’s consumers have seen an average of 60% increase in the productivity and quality of produce. Currently, LeanAgri is working with 5000+ farmers and with multiple institutions such as the Maharashtra State Government, Banks and export companies in India and worldwide. In the next 3 years, LeanAgri is looking to expand in multiple states with a target of reaching 1M farmers in India and South East Asia through direct and institutional clients.
Sai Gole is a graduate from IIT Madras with a specialization in Engineering Design and has been involved in robotics and technology projects since she was a
student and represented India in international events. Sai was also leading the Centre for Innovation (CFI) at IIT Madras, which is a student-run innovation lab and engaged with 13 different tech clubs responsible for assisting 200+ technical projects during this time. She also holds a minor in ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ due to which she was inspired to develop technology solutions for agriculture in developing countries. After graduation, she worked with ITC Ltd. (India’s biggest FMC company) as a Project and Operations Manager before starting research on and formally establishing LeanAgri in 2017.
AgroWave is optimizing the highly unorganized agriculture supply chain by using research, analytics and technology that is focused to change the face of agriculture in India. AgroWave wants to have a transparent and more efficient agricultural supply chain, better prices for farmers, enable retailers by data-driven insights and leverage the power of technology for better information and management. They are currently working with 1200+ farmers, 550+ businesses and 150+ traders in Delhi NCR and have developed tech product (mobiles apps) for farmers (sellers) and businesses/traders (buyers). Some of the accolades they have won so far include Winner of the Seaside Startup Summit in UAE, 2018, Winner of Agritech at TEKNOFEST in Turkey, 2018, Top 10 startups by Canada-India Acceleration Program, Winner of AGRITECH by YourStory, 2018, Incubated by AIC powered by NITI Aayog, Awarded Bhamashah Techno Fund by Rajasthan Govt., Recognition certificate by Startup India and part of Top 10 startups in Wharton’s Indian Startup Challenge.
Anu Meena belongs to the small village of ‘Manoli’ in Rajasthan and completed her schooling from a Government school in Manoli. She graduated from IIT Delhi in 2016 and worked in an American startup for some time before starting Agrowave in 2017 to solve some of the problems faced by her grandfather and many other farmers in her region. She has been recognized across many forums including in the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list and a part of the Top 10 Innovators of India list by India Today Magazine. She is also an accomplished public speaker and has been a TEDx speaker and a conference speaker for the Wired Next Generation, Japan where she aims to inspire young entrepreneurs through her journey. She also mentors in many events and has been awarded by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Zumutor Biologics is a biologics company focused on developing novel immuno oncotherapeutics that drive transformational improvements in cancer treatment. Zumutor leverages proprietary antibody engineering platform to harness the body’s immune system to generate antibodies against tumors. Their strong IP portfolio epitomizes their science and technological expertise. Headquartered in Woburn, USA, Zumutor has a 25 strong science team housed in their R &D laboratory in Bangalore, India. The in-house cross-functional team works seamlessly with external scientific advisors with diverse and deep knowledge of immuno-oncology and antibody engineering technologies. Zumutor has received $12M in a series A investment by Accel, IDG, Aarin & Kitven, as well as a $4M series A1 investment – with commitment to a next round. Zumutor is committed to partnering with biopharmaceutical companies across the world for early-stage licensing of our pipeline and to jointly discover and develop innovative products that will bring meaningful cures to cancer patients.
Kavitha Iyer Rodrigues has been in the space of Biotech for 17 years. She has an MS in Clinical Microbiology from KMC Manipal and an MBA from IIM, Bangalore. She has worked across larger biopharma’s like Biocon, Millipore before her first start-up Inbiopro. The VC funded Inbiopro was sold to Strides in 2012 with a compelling pipeline of products. In 2013 she co-founded Zumutor which has 4 major VC’s participating in value creation in the niche space of immuno-oncology. Zumutor has successfully established proprietary platforms in the space of antibody engineering, and has been an enabler in global co-development and partnership deals. Kavitha’ s other interests include marathon and triathlons.
This delegation is part of the Female Entrepreneurship in Berlin and India project for women founders that has been established in 2018 by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the Bund-Länder-Pilotprogramm and is implemented by enpact e.V. as an integral part of the German-Asian startup platform and network Startup AsiaBerlin (SUAB). It is cooperating in India with the bilateral programme „Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs and Start-ups by Women”, commissioned by BMZ and implemented by GIZ, which aims to improve the conditions for women-owned companies in India.