Last March, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, it proved to be momentous for India’s digital story.
With educational institutions closed, edtech startups took the lead to bridge the learning gap. Online learning brought down barriers to democratise access to quality education while removing the need to attend physical classrooms by leveraging technology.
It wasn’t just education that took the digital route; sectors ranging from healthtech, edtech, fintech, OTT, and foodtech also grew at an accelerated pace.
Increased digitisation led to ecommerce taking a more central role in India’s functioning, leading to many companies such as logistics solution provider Shiprocket to adapt its processes and offerings to support sellers in the shift from offline to online.
FreshToHome CEO Shan Khadavil says that consumer behaviour altered dramatically, with people prioritising “safety” and “hygiene” as they moved to purchase food online.
The pandemic also changed business models, forced many companies to pivot, and put Indian startups at the forefront in the effort to revive the country’s economy.
For a healthy democracy, it is important for governments to take the opinions and suggestions of the citizens. To achieve that, MyGov takes use of social media to communicate the decisions of the government and take the inputs from the citizens. CEO Abhishek Singh says that for the Union Budget of FY22, the platform received 25,000 suggestions from the citizens to forward them to the government.
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Sachin Arora’s tryst with computers began when his father’s friend began teaching him programming. He was also the first from his family to take up engineering. Today, Sachin is the co-founder and CTPO of Chqbook, a YS 2020 Tech 30 startup, which simplifies financial services for small business owners. Read more.
When Dhruv Bhushan lost 70 kg, he realised the importance of nutrition and decided to uncomplicate the process of living a healthy lifestyle. So, he and Dev Kabir Malik founded Habbit.Health, an ecosystem of nutritional F&B products. The startup has launched a range of nutritional products that included proteins, ice creams, and super shakes. Read more.
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