5 Most-promising Startups of 2017

India is increasingly seeing a host of creative startups coming up from time to time. While some may say the bubble would burst soon, as long as the money’s coming, the party’s on. We bring you the best startups that are a game changer in their own way.


Designer clothing rental

Founders: Pranay Surana, Shreya Mishra & Tushar Saxena

It has almost been two years since IIT-Bombay grads Pranay Surana, Shreya Mishra and Tushar Saxena started Flyrobe, a designer apparel rental startup, but, they’ve already raised over $7 million from various investors. It offers brands such as Sabyasachi, Ritu Kumar, Masaba Gupta, Armani, Hugo Boss and Calvin Klein. Flyrobe is currently in five cities — Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Bengaluru — and plans to open offline stores in Delhi and Mumbai in 2017. Flyrobe’s other plans for the new year — 10x growth and 300 designer collections on the platform.


Salon aggregator

Founders: Vikas Johari, Jigyasa Gupta and Shailendra Nagvani

Founded in 2016, Be U Salons is an asset-light, tech-enabled salon chain. Here, people can book all the beauty services available on one app which is user friendly, convenient and offers awesome deals. The management of the company feels that today, most standalone stores in India suffer from standardisation. There is no tech support, no training is given to the staff and there is lack of brand identity too. So, Be U intends to bring all those standalone salons under one roof. In the first round of funding , Be U received Rs 4 crore from a consortium of investors from the UAE, Singapore and India. The startup aims to open no less than 100 outlets by March 2018. They currently have 40 outlets and have swerved over 30,000 customers in Delhi-NCR.


Online community for travellers to share stories and itineraries

Founders: Anirudh Gupta and Michael Lyngdoh

Tripoto has itineraries and experiences from travellers on the road, and this is the unique aspect that they’re hoping to monetise. The startup, founded in 2014, is looking to expand its user base and monetise the travel itineraries posted by real travellers. The startup has funding from IDG Ventures, Outbox Ventures, 500 Startups, Snapdeal founders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal, among others.


Online food delivery

Founder: Rashmi Daga

FreshMenu cooks and delivers food from its own kitchens in Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi and Gurugram. Founder Rashmi Dagga, an IIM-A alumnus who set up the company in 2014, says the company registered 3x growth in the number of orders in 2016. FreshMenu is backed by Zodius Capital and LightSpeed Ventures. In 2017, the company plans to increase its product catalogue as well as expand to Hyderabad and Pune.


Lifestyle tracking platform

Founders: Tushar Vashisht, Mathew Cherian & Sachin Shenoy

Recently crossed a million downloads in app stores, HealthifyMe is the second healthcare app to touch this figure (the first was doctor listing and aggregator platform Practo). The company, which was started in 2012 and incubated at Microsoft Accelerator, is growing at 25% month on month. The app, which helps users identify the calorie value of Indian foods, offers paid services from fitness experts and nutritionists. The Bengaluru-based company raised $7 million in funding in 2016 and was featured as one of the best apps on the Playstore.

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