TechSparks 2012 Unveils the Top 30 Emerging Tech Startups from India
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TechSparks 2012 Unveils the Top 30 Emerging Tech Startups from India PR Newswire BANGALORE, India, September 14, 2012 BANGALORE, India, September 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TechSparks, the flagship event of YourStory.in, the biggest tech startup thshowcase event in India, was held in Bangalore on September 8 where a packed audience of over 1,200 entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and industry leaders witnessed the unveiling of YourStory.in's TechSparks 2012 TECH30 startups - the 30 best emerging tech product startups from across India, selected from a pool of over 800 applicants who applied for this year's TechSparks campaign. Prior to this Grand Finale, five TechSparks Regional Round Tables were held in Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Hyderabad in a span of four months, bringing together over 2,200 entrepreneurs across all cities with access to VCs, Angels and corporate. TechSparks 2012 was presented by Intel in association with Amazon Web Services, Qualcomm, Sequoia Capital, CNBC TV 18 Young Turks, VentureBeat and supported by Longhouse Consulting, Inolyst, Paytm and PR Newswire. Registering more than 800 applications to become a TechSpark, the response was overwhelming and the jury, comprising of investors, successful entrepreneurs, industry experts and the YourStory team, had a tough time shortlisting the top 30. Applications were received from all over the country and the diversity was immense.

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TechSparks 2012 Unveils the Top 30 Emerging
Tech Startups from India
PR Newswire
BANGALORE, India, September 14, 2012
BANGALORE, India
,
September 14, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
TechSparks, the flagship event of YourStory.in, the biggest tech startup
showcase event in
India
, was held in
Bangalore
on
September 8
th
where a
packed audience of over 1,200 entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and industry
leaders witnessed the unveiling of YourStory.in's TechSparks 2012 TECH30
startups - the 30 best emerging tech product startups
from across India, selected from a pool of over 800 applicants who applied for
this year's TechSparks campaign. Prior to this Grand Finale, five TechSparks
Regional Round Tables were held in
Mumbai
,
Delhi
, Ahmedabad,
Chennai
and
Hyderabad
in a span of four months, bringing together over
2,200 entrepreneurs across all cities with access to VCs, Angels
and corporate. TechSparks 2012 was presented by Intel in association with
Amazon Web Services, Qualcomm, Sequoia Capital, CNBC TV 18 Young Turks,
VentureBeat and supported by Longhouse Consulting, Inolyst, Paytm and PR
Newswire.
Registering more than 800 applications to become a TechSpark, the response
was overwhelming and the jury, comprising of investors, successful
entrepreneurs, industry experts and the YourStory team, had a tough time
shortlisting the top 30. Applications were received from all over the country and
the diversity was immense. From education to healthcare to clean-tech, there
were companies in every sector with a common motive: leveraging technology
to build scalable businesses.
This year's Techsparks 2012 Grand Finale had the theme "The Smartest Way to
Scale up" and the entire day was organized around that. Starting with an
introduction from Shradha Sharma, Founder and CEO of YourStory.in, the high-
on-adrenaline event was given a huge pump by RJ Sriram and DJ Dhruva
maintaining the tempo. The event kick-started with a brief introduction to
TechSparks and YourStory by Shradha Sharma, followed by an in-depth
keynote by Shailendra Singh, MD of Sequoia Capital, who outlined some of the
most important factors for "Building a Business". The ensuing Panel Discussion
was a highly engaging one, with the audience actively participating in the
discussion. The Panel consisted of
Narendra Bhandari
(Director, Intel
Software and Services Group - Developer Relations,
Asia-Pacific
);
Shailendra
Singh
(MD, Sequoia Capital);
Gautam Gandhi
(Head - New Business
Development Emerging Markets, Google);
Joe Ziegler
(AWS Evangelist for
Australia
and
New Zealand
);
M. Maheshwar Rao, IAS
(Commissioner for
Industrial Development and Director of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of
Karnataka);
Dr. Wido Menhardt
(Vice President, Head, Philips Innovation
Campus) and was moderated by
Ravi Gururaj
(Vice President, Cloud Platforms
Group, Citrix). Joe Ziegler and Peter Keimps of AWS gave a presentation on how
the Cloud has impacted the VCs and entrepreneurs, alumni of TechSparks
2011. Sriram Iyer of United Mobile Apps and Mukund Mudras of Heckyl
Technologies launched new products on data security and price analytics
respectively, and
Mr. Krishnakumar Natarajan, MD and CEO,
MindTree,
provided valuable lessons on building your company, taking a leaf
from his experiences of building a company.
The main attraction of the event was the unveiling of the TechSparks 2012
TECH30 Report - the 30 best emerging tech product startups
from across India. Here is a brief description of the best four presenting
startups at TechSparks 2012:
1) JustUnfollow helps users clean their Twitter. Think of them as TweetDeck for
friend management. Their goal is to build the perfect dashboard to help
everyone manage their social graph. JustUnfollow currently has a million users
making unfollow decisions on Twitter. JustUnfollow also helps business users
keep track of the various Twitter accounts they manage. The unique "Copy
Followers" feature helps businesses follow their competitors' followers on
Twitter, thus providing them with the right target audience. Twitter users follow
a lot of people when they join Twitter. Over a period of time their timeline gets
clogged with unwanted updates. It's hard to make unfollow decisions in order to
clear up the timeline. JustUnfollow helps by making unfollow decisions easy.
2) Harness Handitouch Private Limited (Harness) is an education technology
start-up with their product, Touch-on-Cloud. It is a tablet- and cloud-based
learning "operating" system which disrupts the idea of classrooms, ICT and
learning management systems as we think of them today by bridging the
digital-physical divide. Touch-on-Cloud effectively addresses problems faced in
current conventional and ICT classrooms such as teacher control and lack of
student engagement as it enables user-generated content creation, real-time
classroom collaboration, evaluation and feedback and content management on
the cloud. Developed on HTML5, this learning operating system is platform-
neutral and embraces the bring-your-own-device trend that has equal efficacy
for schools, colleges and coaching institutes.
3) Diabeto and Dataweave
Diabeto is a healthcare-technology company that aims to leverage web and
mobile technologies for disease/disorder management and to improve health
and well-being. Their first product is a tool for diabetes management which
addresses the issues of tracking, managing and processing data from various
diabetes tests. It is a hardware device that plugs into a glucometer and
wirelessly transmits sugar reading to a diabetes mobile application for easy
tracking and manageability. They currently have a hardware product that
works with most glucometers and an android app that supports the device.
DataWeave provides actionable data in an easy-to-use format that can be used
by businesses in their decision-making, application-building activities. Data is
served to users through data APIs, dashboards and visualizations. Businesses
and developers can now rest assured that they will get the data they want and
focus on building applications and deriving insights. Some examples of datasets
provided by DataWeave are: eCommerce price intelligence, hourly commodity
prices, and open government data.
The YourStory.in 2012 TECH30 report is now available for download here:
Instamojo (
India
only), Amazon Kindle Store (Worldwide). Find out more about
the winners of TechSparks 2012 - the top 30 product startups to emerge from
India
in 2012. This report contains the details of the TECH30 startups, including
their business and revenue model, details about the entrepreneurs and
YourStory's take on all the TECH30.
Along with the TECH30 startups, TechSparks also showcased the 10 best apps
which were chosen as winners of the
Intel App4India
contest, selected from
over 900 applications.
MangoReader
won the Education category,
3forz
Innovations (Minewhat)
the Entertainment and
IntouchId
the productivity
category. The three winners were given
prize money of
$2,500
each
.
The official Twitter hashtag of TechSparks 2012 - #tsparks - was trending
globally, providing great visibility to the startups and apps being showcased at
the event.
All the startups shortlisted for TECH30, as well as those who applied, will
continue to receive support from Yourstory.in post the event in terms of
visibility, investor relations and resources. With the resounding success of the
3
rd
edition of TechSparks, Yourstory.in will continue to be aggressive on content
and will also present more such engaging and meaningful events for the Indian
startup eco-system.
About TechSparks
TechSparks was conceived and executed for the very first time in 2010 by
YourStory.in in association with Microsoft BizSpark and Canaan Partners and
keeps growing. Techsparks 2011 went to four cities and the T30 report of 2011
has some stellar companies. 14 of those 30 companies got funded, one got
acquired and one went on to acquire a global company!
Look at the phenomenal success of the first two years;
Techsparks 2012
got
more than 800 entries and in itself scaled massively by travelling to five cities
and creating enormous buzz.
The 2012 edition of TechSparks, as the previous editions, has generated a lot of
buzz in social media, with the hashtag "#tsparks" trending nationally on Twitter
during the regional rounds in
New Delhi
,
Mumbai
and
Chennai
, reiterating the
presence of a massive virtual audience of technology enthusiasts for
TechSparks across
India
. Check out http://techsparks.in
About YourStory
YourStory.in is
India's
biggest and most comprehensive online platform for
entrepreneurs. Launched in 2008, it has emerged as the most followed web
platform for entrepreneurs and startups, having cemented robust partnerships
with leading institutions like Intel, Amazon, CNBC TV18, Qualcomm, National
Instruments, British Council, NASSCOM, the Government of
India
and Microsoft
Bizpark, to name a few.
Widely trusted, YourStory.in connects with over 400,000 entrepreneurs and
allied industry professionals on a monthly basis. YourStory.in has built focussed
engagement opportunities with the community through initiatives like
TechSparks (for product tech entrepreneurs) and the recently launched
Yourstory Pages. Yourstory.in has also branched out and created two separate
entities, CloudStory.in and StudentStory.in, with an aim to become the go-to
place for cloud enthusiasts and foster the spirit of entrepreneurship in students
respectively. Yourstory.in aims to carry these successes forward along with
other innovations like Sociopreneurship (for social enterprises). Check out our
website here: http://yourstory.in/
Contact
Samridhi Sharma / samridhi@yourstory.in / +91-9769004430
Chandan Raj / chandan@yourstory.in / +91-9986198806