Indian startups make a beeline for funding at RISE

Organisers say there is a 40% increase in number of participants this year and more than 500 investors are attending

From tattooing to dress rentals to security solutions, there is an astounding variety of Indian startup dreams searching for funding at ‘RISE 2018’, Asia’s largest tech event currently on in this bustling Asian business capital.

By a rough count, as many as 200 Indian start-ups in alpha, beta and growth stages are at the ongoing event to secure funds either for kick-starting their entrepreneurial dreams or expanding their businesses.

“We have had discussions with three strategic partners from the U.S., Philippines and India for funding our user generated content marketing platform, which we have named UtterNow. We are looking at $1 million for launching our app on October 2,” Abhinit Gogia, chief executive officer, UtterNow, told The Hindu.

Mr. Gogia has joined hands with three other customer service colleagues of his at a Dubai-based bank — Rahman Ghani, Rizwan M. Basha and Bikram Pal Singh — to launch UtterNow.

40 per cent increase’

Paddy Cosgrave, CEO and co-founder of Web Summit, which runs RISE, says that, overall, 750 startups were at RISE to showcase their business ideas and technologies. “We have a 40% increase in the number of participants this year and more than 500 investors are here,” he said.

Ajit Anand, co-founder of which had a beta launch last December, said his startup needs about $1.5 million to accelerate business. “We already have 170 artists in Bengaluru city clocking close to 20 appointments a day. The company plans to get onboard 2050 tattoo artists overall in India by the end of this year,” he said.....Read more


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