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Meet 4 startups from India at Start-Up Chile

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Malavika Velayanikal

Start-Up Chile has gained a reputation over the years as one of the go-to accelerators in the world.

In the current 15th batch of startups in the state-backed Chilean accelerator program, India is the only Asian country represented.

The startups involved get visas and equity-free financing to relocate to Santiago for a minimum period of six months, which is the duration of the program. This year, the startups graduating in August will also be eligible to apply for a new follow-on fund called Start-Up Chile Scale if they choose to register the business in Chile.

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Source: Start-Up Chile.

Now, let’s take a look at the startups from India which are discovering new vistas in the Chilean ecosystem. Education, health, and office productivity are their domains.

CareBuddy

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Delhi-based CareBuddy helps people to manage their family’s healthcare – from doctor appointments, lab reports, and medicine delivery to keeping records and providing support.

The three co-founders – Ishan Jha, Ajay Pal Singh, and Kamal Aggarwal – began with the idea of providing an elderly care service for the Indian diaspora when they noticed several of their friends in the US struggling to cope with the care of their parents back home in India. CareBuddy is now an app that acts as a personal digital assistant for a variety of healthcare needs.

Rightaway

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Rightaway aims to provide a better alternative to Slack for businesses. Most collaboration apps are built as silos for teams within an organization. Rightaway recognizes businesses require such tools to work with customers, partners, and others outside the organization as well.

Founder Rishikesh Gorantala was a consulting manager for Deloitte in San Francisco, which gave him the opportunity to work with organizations across the US, Europe, and India. Rightaway is currently recruiting developers for its center in Bangalore.

Rymm Education

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Photo credit: Ilmicrofono Oggiono.

Rymm is a tool for teachers, students, and parents to collaborate in real time. Its premise is that the teacher-parent link needs to become far more dynamic than the traditional methods of report cards and PTA meetings. It’s currently working with over 40 schools in India.

Like many other Indian startups, Rymm is headquartered in Singapore, where it was incubated at JFDI Asia. Rymm founders Shaik Naushad and Charan Ikkurthi are entrepreneurs from Hyderabad.

MindHour

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MindHour is a bootstrapped startup from Kolkata in the east, which is beginning to make a mark on India’s startup scene. It uses a gamified approach to make the study of math and science more engaging for students aged 10 to 15. The site has a modest annual charge of US$45 (after a two-day free trial) to “make your school curriculum exciting.” It also has a three-month exam prep module.

It uses freelancers from Indian Institute Of Technology (IIT) campuses to create the learning content.

Two couples are the four founders. One of them, Varun Choudhary, an IIT Roorkee alumnus, is attending the accelerator program in Chile.

This article was first published at techniasia.com

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Indian Government Spent Nearly Rs 4Kcr on Swachh Bharat Info, Education

“The Swachh Bharat mission can serve as a model for other countries around the world that urgently need to improve access to sanitation for the world’s poorest."

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The government's much publicised Swachh Bharat Mission -- which aims to enhance the level of sanitation in India and make the country open defecation free (ODF). Flickr

To make the Swachh Bharat Mission a success, India mobilised huge resources for information, education and communication (IEC) activities, with a new report estimating that the cash expenditure by the government, private sector, and the development community to be between Rs 3,500-4,000 crore in five years since the programme’s launch.

Of this cash spend, around 20 per cent was spent by the erstwhile Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, around 35 per cent by the state sanitation departments, around 25 per cent by other government ministries, and around 20 per cent by the private sector and the development sector collectively, said the report by consultancy firm Dalberg Advisors.

Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the government has shown remarkable ability to leverage resources across the public sector, private sector, media, and civil society, to make sanitation a mass movement in India.

In fact, the study estimates that the Swachh Bharat Mission mobilised a spend equivalent worth Rs 22,000-Rs 26,000 crore in monetary and non-monetary information, education and communication activities.

The researchers reached this figure by identifying the key activities and costs by different actors, modelling the number of “exposures” created, and estimating the investment required if the government were to “buy” these exposures in an efficient market.

An average person living in rural India was exposed to between 2,500-3,300 SBM related messages over the last five years, according to the study titled “An assessment of the reach and value of IEC activities under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen)”.

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Young Indians want to strengthen the ‘Swachh Bharat’ initiative. Wikimedia Commons

A large majority of these messages were routed via newly constructed toilets, mass media, and the

Swachh Bharat logo. Other significant contributors included ambient media such as wall murals and hoardings, and other conventional channels such as inter-personal communication (IPC), digital media, and cinema.

Since the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission on October 2, 2014, over 10 crore households toilets have been built in the country, leading to a significant improvement in sanitation coverage and reduction in open defecation.

Since 2014, engagement from the top political and government leadership, especially the Prime Minister, induced catalytic participation across segments, giving the cause of sanitation consistent attention and focus.

This translated into a mission mode approach where a range of government ministries, private sector organisations, the philanthropic ecosystem, civil society, and the media and entertainment sector participated to bring sanitation messaging and awareness to citizens at significant scale.

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When Modi visits the US later this month, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will honour the success of Swachh Bharat that has transformed lives around the country.

“Globally, sanitation-related diseases kill nearly 500,000 children under the age of five every year. Yet despite its importance, sanitation has not received significant attention. A lot of governments are not willing to talk about it, in part because there are not easy solutions.

Before the Swachh Bharat mission, over 500 million people in India did not have access to safe sanitation, and now, the majority do. There is still a long way to go, but the impacts of access to sanitation in India are already being realised,” the Gates Foundation said in a statement.

“The Swachh Bharat mission can serve as a model for other countries around the world that urgently need to improve access to sanitation for the world’s poorest.” (IANS)