(Note: We have published an updated version of this list: Top Startups in India 2014)
When we started out in early-2008, the startup scene in India was nascent, exciting, and poised to grow exponentially. Over the last few years we have been working with multiple startups, entrepreneurs, and have been very active in the startup ecosystem in India. We’ve now compiled a list of the top startups in India.
This list contains 100 startups to watch in 2013. Do let us know in the comments section below your thoughts on the list. In case you know about any top startups in India, just list them out.
aaramshop - Hybrid retail platform focused on FMCG / CPG retailing
Acceltrade - High Frequency Trading Technology firm which leverages its completely in-house platform for quantitative trading
Adnear - "Location-based mobile advertising platform in APAC enabling powerful targeting across India, Singapore, Australia"
affle - Smart Media company with strategically aligned businesses
Airwoot - Smart support helpdesk that uses sophisticated natural language processing techniques to enable brands engage with their customers on social media
Akosha - Innovative service for Indian consumers which helps them in resolving day to day consumer complaints
Amagi Media Labs - Unique mix of media and technology that merges the latest technology with the traditional broadcast media to create a new TV media adverting platform called Targeted TV ad
Appnomic Systems - Appnomic is a focused IT Infrastructure Management Services company that simplifies the complexities of managing information technology (IT)
Aurus - "Integrated cloud based platform for video creation, management and distribution in the educational space"
babajobs - Leading job site for urban India's informal sector
BigBasket - India’s largest online food and grocery store
BlueStone - Online store for fine jewellery and accessories
Canvera - Online photography company providing mass customized printed products and e-commerce solutions to professional photographers
Capillary - "Cloud-based software solutions that help retailers to intelligently engage with customers through mobile, social and in-store channels"
Cartrade - Online automotive market for buyers and sellers of new and used vehicles
Chargebee - Affordable Subscription Billing & Recurring Billing Solution for online web apps
Ciphergraph - Provides secure cloud based VPN services
Citrus Payment - "Payments solutions including Netbanking Credit and Debit Card Gateways"
CommonFloor - India's first real estate portal dedicated to apartments and gated communities
Crowd Analytix - Predictive analytics and data mining solutions
Desicrew - IT enabled service centers in rural areas
Dexetra - "Mobility startup that develops apps for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile"
Dogspot - otOne stop platform for all dog & dog related needs
DoneByNone - Online-only women’s fashion store
Edusys - "Leading education training provider in the global market (US, UK, Australia, Canada, India, and other countries)"
Eko - Banking services at affordable costs to vast sections of disadvantaged and low income groups
emo2 - Multi-user multi-touch interaction OS and Cloud platform
exotel - Cloud telephony platform for modern Indian business.
ezetap - India-based mobile payments firm
Fashionara - eFashion mall that offers premium merchandise in the space of fashion and lifestyle
FreshDesk - "Cloud-based help desk software that allows companies to support their customers through email, phone, website"
Fundsindia - India's first online-only investment service platform that serves customers country-wide and globally
HackerRank - "Fun social platform for programmers to solve interesting puzzles, build quick hacks, code game bots and collaborate to solve real-world challenges"
HealthKart - India's first e-health store
HelpShift - First embedded support desk for native apps
Hoopos.com (Acquired) - "Online store to buy Baby Clothes, Baby Toys, Baby Shoes, Maternity products"
Hotelogix - Online property management solution on the cloud providing solutions to the small and mid sized hospitality industry
icreate - Developing intelligent software that helps banks understand customers and conduct business in a better manner
idubba - Helps quickly find Indian Television programs
Innoz - One of the fastest growing mobile company in India
Insieve - Intelligent information sharing network
Instamojo - "1-click process to buy & sell your digital files like reports, code, documents, photos, templates, tutorials, music, videos etc."
iStream (Shutdown) - "Showcases premium video content across News, TV and Movie categories online for the Indian audience worldwide"
Kayako - Developer and vendor of proprietary help desk and customer support software
Lenskart - India's leading online retailer on Contact lenses
LimeRoad - India's most extensive lifestyle platform for Women's shopping
localbanya - "Online grocery store/supermarket that sells over 4,000 household products ranging from daily provisions,grains,packaged foods,cosmetics etc"
Loylty Rewardz - India's Premier Loyalty & Relationship management company
madrat games - Online and mobile Indian language learning game
MangoReader - "Bring books to life by making them engaging and fun using videos, animation, quizzes, maps, graphics and interactivity"
Mettl - "Powerful online assessment platform for hiring, training, contests"
MindTickle - Enterprise gamification and learning platform for new employee orientation and web based training of company policies and procedures
mobme - Value added services for mobile phone users and carrier grade solutions for network operators
Mobstac - "World’s first HTML5-enabled, mobile publishing cloud platform"
Mswipe - Mobile POS service provider Mswipe
Myparichay - India’s Largest job search and career network on Facebook
MySmartPrice - Online price comparison engine
NewsHunt - Mobile application that enables leading newspapers to access on mobile phones
Nimbuzz - "Instant, mobile messenger & phone app for Windows PCs, Macs and mobile phones"
Octane Marketing - Marketing technology company that provides a state-of-the-art email SMS and web-marketing platform"
Olacabs - "Car rentals and cab hire services in Mumbai, India"
Olx India - One of the world’s biggest free online classifieds sites
Paytm - India's trusted prepaid recharge destination
Plivo - Cloud based API Platform for building Voice and SMS enabled Applications
Policybazaar - India's prominent online life insurance and general insurance aggregator
Posist - Online SaaS based Point of Sale solution for Restaurants
Power2SME - Online platform that offers tools that enable SME’s to improve productivity & reduce procurement costs.
Practo - "Clinic management software solutions to help enhance the operational efficiency of dispensaries, clinics and even small hospitals"
Pretty Secrets - "India's leading online lingerie store featuring exclusive collections of bras, panties, nightwear, swimwear, shapewear & stockings"
PropTiger - Independent real estate advisor with a pan-India presence
Rechargeitnow - "24x7, multi operator web based, instant pre-paid recharge station"
RedQuanta - New-age mystery shopping audit company
Rolocule - Independent game development studio creating very realistic but simple to play console quality video games for tablets and smartphones
Saavn - "Ad-supported digital music service for Bollywood, Indian and regional South Asian music"
Scalearc - Pioneer in a new category of database infrastructure software that simplifies the way database environments are deployed
SharedCab - Platform for daily commuters to sign up for airconditioned chauffeur driven pooled cabs
Sokrati - India’s leading online advertising agency and Google’s largest preferred partner in India
Squeakee - Location based offers and specials search engine
StayZilla - Online booking & reservation portal for hotels in India
Stepout - "India’s #1 place to meet new people, have fun experiences and form real life relationships."
TalentSprint - Professional skills development firm delivering experiential and industry-relevant training in IT and BFSI sectors
TaxiForSure - Aggregator of car rentals and taxis in India
That's Personal - "India's first premium personal products e-commerce website, focusing on international and Indian legal adult products"
Travelyaari - Website for Bus Ticket booking using real time inventory
Unbxd - Search-as-a-service platform that provides site search and analytics to ecommerce sites
United Mobile Apps - Mobile / broadband / wireless technology company that focusses on Connection Management (UConnect) / Data Synchronization (USync)
Urban Ladder - e-retailer of contemporary furniture for Indian consumers
Vdopia - World's largest mobile video advertising company
Visual Website Optimizer - "World's easiest A/B testing tool for increasing website sales, signups, downloads and conversions"
Vizury - Digital marketing pioneer enabling e-commerce and online travel companies maximize the value of their digital data
Vserv - Leading global mobile ad network
Vuclip - "World's largest independent mobile video and media company"
Webengage - "Push notifications, in-site targeted surveys & customer feedback management - most powerful in-site marketing tool for online business with analytics"
ZipDial - Engagement & analytics platform for Mobile
Zivame - India's largest online lingerie store
Zomato - "Website providing information related to restaurants, pubs, clubs and events at such establishments in cities of India, Sri Lanka and UAE"
Zopnow - Largest online hypermarket for daily household needs
Zovi.com - Online fashion shopping porta
Disclaimer: We have worked with many startups mentioned in the list, and have built teams & hired extensively for them.
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