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    How Indian startups fared in 2020 amid COVID-19 pandemic

    The Covid shock of March devastated most industries and the startup ecosystem was no exception. Sequoia issued its now-famous memo calling Coronavirus the Black Swan of 2020 and Nasscom said 40% of Indian tech startups were forced to halt operations. But investments and startups have shown resilience and recovered, as India saw a rapid shift to digital services and payments. Here's ET NOW's Chandra R Srikanth with detailed report on How Indian Startups fared in 2020 amid COVID-19 pandemic.How Indian startups fared in 2020 amid COVID-19 pandemic

    Action Covid-19 Team eyes Rs 500 crore philanthropic fund

    The Rs 500-crore philanthropic fund, to be raised over the next two years, seeks to back solutions for societal problems afflicting education, healthcare, environment and women's participation in the workforce, Action Covid-19 Team says.

    From Dubai to Maldives: Rich remote workers escape to $70,000-a-month resorts while awaiting Covid vaccines

    The second wave of Covid has globally triggered a desire for more permanent, warmer, far-flung escapes.

    ETtech Exclusive: Bounce goes for second round of layoffs as demand for mobility lags

    A top executive at Bounce said the on-demand two-wheeler rental service still has around $70 million in cash from its previous funding round and will utilise that capital to grow its EV business.

    China stocks retreat on coronavirus worries

    The blue-chip CSI300 index fell 1.5% to 5,437.52, while the Shanghai Composite Index slipped 0.8% to 3,566.38.

    Manufacturing - to make India a hub, technology, policy could be the drivers

    For the country to be a manufacturing hub, there needs to be mass customisation, focus on technologies such as IoT and 3D, and companies need to adhere to compliance standards, concluded panelists at ET India Inc Boardroom.

    Exclusive: Zomato on course for $1 billion IPO without investor exits

    The Zomato IPO—slated for later this year—is expected to raise $750 million to $1 billion through a 100% primary offering, keeping in mind the long-term upshot that the investors expect from the stock.

    Trying to build your business in a post-Covid world? Start-up bosses reveal the secret

    Businesses are keen to get back to work, in the physical sense too.

    ET Startup Awards 2020 | Role in Covid-19 fight got MyLab the prize

    Pune-based Mylab Discovery Solutions was the first Indian company to receive commercial approval to manufacture Covid-19 test kits in the country. This helped it win the Covid-led Healthcare Innovation prize at ET Startup Awards 2020.

    2020 Year in Review | Covid-19 split startup world into haves, have-nots

    Who gained, who lost? ETtech takes stock of the changing startup fortunes in a pandemic-marred year.

    AI startup UptimeAI raises $1.5 million in seed funding

    UptimeAI, which builds predictive maintenance software for heavy industries, will use the funding to scale its core tech efforts and expand presence in international markets.

    How to negotiate your salary during the coronavirus pandemic

    Negotiating salary in normal times is stressful. It becomes even more stressful during pandemic times if you have been through salary cut or received a pink slip. Here is how you can talk to your manager about the revision of pay during the pandemic

    Startup Jobs | [24]7.ai steps up hiring in India amid the pandemic

    [24]7.ai, a customer engagement solutions provider, has added 2,500 people to its workforce, primarily in Bengaluru and Hyderabad. About 80% of [24]7.ai’s employee strength is currently working from home.

    CitiusTech expects Covid-19 impact to boost business in FY22

    CitiusTech expects to grow at more than 20%, in line with its ambition to cross $500 million in revenue over the next 4-5 years, CEO Rizwan Koita says.

    Living with less: How pandemic has inspired some people to make permanent changes in their lives

    During the lockdown, people were forced to make do with less. Now, some are carrying on with this life lesson, cutting down on city life, eating out, new clothes.

    Zomato restarts hiring via referrals after pandemic layoffs

    Zomato, which is drawing up plans for an IPO later this year, is looking to bring on board 400 people during 2021, mostly via the referral mode to get the right people and keep a check on attrition.

    New pandemic plight: US hospitals are running out of vaccines

    In the midst of one of the deadliest phases of the pandemic in the United States, health officials in Texas and around the country are growing desperate, unable to get clear answers as to why the long-anticipated vaccines are suddenly in short supply.

    Govt supporting hundreds of projects in fight against coronavirus: Harsh Vardhan

    Speaking at the India-Portugal Tech Summit, organised by the Department of Science and Technology and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Vardhan said the government has announced a USD 120 million grant for COVID-19 vaccine research.

    Indian startup develops tech to complete COVID-19 sero-survey of 1 cr samples in a week

    Indian IT startup Thalamus Irwine claims to have developed an Artificial Intelligence and IoT-based solution to complete a sero-survey with 1 crore samples of COVID-19 cases within a week.

    Coronavirus pandemic is the catalyst to speed up technological changes, says Anand Mahindra

    "The crisis has shaken up the way we view the world and exposed the fault lines in our society. It has also emphasised the necessity for quick and relevant solutions for the new world that is rising from the ashes of the old," said Mahindra.

    After a year-long sprint, coronavirus vaccines are finally at hand, but questions remain

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA), charged with overseeing drug approval in the European Union, told AFP that it could approve the first Covid-19 vaccines by the end of the year, or early in 2021. France, Spain and Italy have all sketched out distribution plans on that basis.

    UN report cites ISRO efforts in assisting Indian government to contain COVID-19 pandemic

    The UN report 'Geospatial Practices for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific 2020' cites the role being played by 'BHUVAN', the national geo-portal developed and hosted by ISRO comprising of geo spatial data, services and tools for analysis, in combating COVID-19.

    The next Tesla? Investors bet big on electric truck startup

    Rivian is hoping to cash in on the same opportunity that Tesla identified and has advanced — the electrification of transportation.

    “We should never let a crisis go to waste”: Pawan Munjal, Hero MotoCorp

    Even as industries world over faced unprecedented challenges last year amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp took a relook at its operating models and defined new ways to expand.

    Dubai ruler joins coronavirus vaccine trial

    Two vaccines are undergoing third-phase trials in the UAE, one produced by Chinese drug giant Sinopharm, and Russia's Sputnik-V, named after the Soviet-era satellite.

    Indian start-up claims IoT-enabled smart mask can protect against Covid, monitor Oxygen levels

    The system can be activated remotely using IoT Mobile applications.

    Stars aligned for India’s Internet cos to create value in next 10 years: BofA Securities

    According to the brokerage, Reliance Industries will garner over 500 million users over the next 3-5 years, offer broadband services to 20-25 million households and cater to 12-15 million small businesses.

    Centre to map out cold chain storage facilities in preparation for COVID-19 vaccine delivery

    A national expert group is talking to public and private sector entities in the pharmaceutical sector, food processing industry and agro businesses as well as food delivery start-ups such as Swiggy and Zomato to identify cold storages or fridges at the taluka level that can stock and distribute the vaccine.

    With people stuck at home due to the coronavirus lockdown, a writing boom has sparked

    The pandemic lockdown has not just spawned a wave of first-time authors - including celebrities who have a story to tell- but also encouraged many others to finally complete long-pending manuscripts.

    From SaaS to Reliance effect, here are eight trends that are reshaping pandemic-hit startup world

    The pandemic has reshaped the startup landscape. Stress took its toll but SaaS sector grasped at new opportunities and biotech firms rose to the Covid-19 challenge. If the border standoff swung the pendulum away from Chinese investors, Reliance created a ripple effect. Here are eight trends in the Startup world.

    Japanese startup creates "connected" face mask for coronavirus new normal

    Donut Robotics' engineers came up with the idea for the mask as they searched for a product to help the company survive the pandemic.

    Breathe easy! Researchers develop new breath analyser test for Covid-19 with over 90% accuracy

    A person would simply have to blow into a mouthpiece connected to a 'high-precision breath sampler'.

    Pivot is not just a startup word anymore

    The staggering impact of COVID-19 has unleashed a wave of innovation and witnessed the birth of new ideas across the innovation landscape.

    Coronavirus-fueled uncertainty could accelerate the consolidation of flexible office spaces

    While a large operator like RMZ is exiting the business, global major WeWork plans to expand as per client specifications only for some time. Awfis and Smartworks have also slowed down the pace of expansion as they continue to study the evolving market dynamics.

    Startup seeks approval for inhaler that would help smokers quit

    The coronavirus pandemic has spurred new interest in products that help users of cigarettes and vaping products quit. Some public health agencies, including the FDA, have said smoking may worsen Covid-19 outcomes.

    Indian startups eye virtual wedding space amid coronavirus curbs

    As weddings go online amid lockdown, startups and even bigger firms are exploring virtual wedding space.

    Indian startups get creative as coronavirus crisis fuels funding crunch

    BookMyShow is promoting free-to-watch Instagram Live performances in an effort to keep its users engaged, while restaurant aggregator and food delivery firm Zomato is targeting a push into alcohol delivery.

    Approval of 2nd COVID-19 vaccine another milestone in US' fight against pandemic: Joe Biden

    Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine mRNA-1273 on Friday became the second drug in the US to get emergency use authorisation from the US FDA, a week after the one developed by American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech received a similar approval.

    Coronavirus: US aid excludes startups, entrenches big tech

    The $2.2 trillion emergency relief will help many workers and businesses dealing with an unprecedented economic shutdown.

    Coronavirus prompts layoffs at e-scooter startup Bird

    Bird recently raised hundreds of millions of dollars from investors, but is slashing costs to ensure it has enough money to keep it running through next year, according to VanderZanden.

    Ratan Tata on the 4 things India needs to keep in mind as it enters 2021

    Whether we find an effective vaccine or not, I am hopeful that we will eventually find some cure that will reduce the intensity of this pandemic. But it will be imperative for all of us to learn not to take this pandemic for granted.

    How some startups are being inventive in the face of coronavirus pandemic

    Suddenly, startups that were looking for growth avenues were scrambling for ways to survive. The smart ones, however, have learnt to adapt.

    Navigating 2021 with ET: Trends that will help you navigate a risky and uncertain world

    A number of themes will shape the course of the Indian economy through 2021 and beyond. These themes — investing, the future of work, the acceleration of digitisation, and the impact of the pandemic on contact-intensive.

    Cadila, one of India's two Covid vaccine makers, is going in for a huge capacity boost

    While Cadila’s plasmid DNA candidate doesn’t use an infectious agent like others, and instead introduces the DNA sequence encoding the antigen, the other tests being done are for traditional delivery methods. Serum Institute is conducting tests for the candidate developed by Oxford University. Dr Reddy’s plans to distribute the Russian vaccine.

    Coronavirus: Startups by IIT-KGP alumni unveil tech to fight pandemic

    IIT Kharagpur alumnus Debayan Saha has collaboratively developed Airlens Minus Corona, a device which may help sanitise large areas.

    Resilient European tech startups near record $41B investment: Report

    With 115 venture capital-backed 'unicorns', with a valuation of more than $1 billion, the total valuation of tech firms founded in Europe since 2000 has grown to nearly $1 trillion.

    Budding companies face tough task overcoming pandemic, recession despite easy fundings

    A recession amid a pandemic may seem like the worst time to start a business. Despite millions of loans and grants from federal and state governments, it's estimated that hundreds of thousands of companies have already failed since the virus outbreak began.

    Reliance Industries to bear Covid vaccination costs for staff, dependents

    In the mail, the non-executive director of Reliance Industries said cherishing the health and happiness of our family is what it means to be part of a family--the Reliance family.

    Japan shares end lower as COVID-19 cases jump in Tokyo

    The index, which has gained nearly 12% so far this month, posted its highest close since 1991 on Tuesday.

    Startups race to develop tech that can clear workplaces of Covid

    In the spring, the Smithfield plant in Sioux Falls became the number one virus hotspot in America, with a cluster of 644 confirmed cases among employees and people they were in contact with.

    Your data for cash: Indian lending apps force tough choice

    Unsecured loan apps in India are facing regulatory action for their methods, including collection and misuse of borrower's data, underlining the risks to driving financial inclusion with newer technologies.

    IIT Madras-incubated startup comes up with coating that neutralises coronavirus

    The startup’s pilot machine can coat textiles of length up to 100 metres within a few minutes – according to them, it can deployed immediately for use.

    Startups ask government to taken steps to flatten the coronavirus curve

    Startups like Urban Company, Bounce, Cred, Snapdeal, Unacademy, 1MG have supported the findings of the report.

    Nikkei falls as coronavirus resurgence in Europe hits sentiment

    All but two of the 33 sector sub-indexes on the Tokyo exchange traded lower, with real estate, pharmaceuticals and land transport leading the decline on the main bourse.

    We look forward to working with Germany on cooperation in Indo-Pacific: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla

    In an address at a virtual conference on Indo-German ties, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla referred to Berlin's release of policy guidelines for the Indo-Pacific region, and said that India was happy to note the "high degree" of convergence between the two countries on the issue.

    New career reality for the new decade: Trends that will affect your work, income and choices

    The biggest impact of the pandemic on businesses worldwide was to speed up the penetration and adoption of technology. Digitisation penetrated to the extent of eliminating travel for business, replacing it with virtual meetings everywhere.

    Lockdown: Startup to launch online funeral management service

    The objective behind this service is to provide a "one-stop solution" to the families and give them support in their hard times and help them perform the last rites in a hassle-free manner.

    China's blue-chip, start-up indexes hit over five-year high on growth hopes

    The blue-chip CSI300 index rose 1.4% to 5,113.71 points, its highest close since June, 2015. The Shanghai Composite Index advanced 1.1% to 3,414.45 points.

    Airbnb creates endowment, advisory board for hosts ahead of IPO

    Airbnb told its shareholders that it was splitting its privately held shares, which will lower its stock price per share ahead of the IPO.

    25% of Indian startups in serious trouble if COVID-19 persists for long: Expert

    "About 25 per cent of the startups have less than six months of runway," the co-founder of IT major Infosy Ltd, told P T I. "They will be in serious trouble if the recovery does not happen in six months, it does not look like (happening within that period)."

    India's top unicorn founders share their experience of building large businesses

    In the year 2020 alone, the country minted over 9 such new Unicorns, despite the disruption to businesses and the economy caused by the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic.

    KSUM webinar to train nascent firms, investors to thrive through Covid-19

    The May 1-2 RAISE webinar will feature marquee venture capitalists, angel investors and other leading ecosystem players throwing light on the various dimensions of the stalemate .

    Airbnb makes tweaks to refund policy amid spread of coronavirus

    Airbnb’s policy is that all reservations are able to be canceled within 48 hours of booking for a full refund. Beyond that, it’s up to hosts to determine the refund policy, which are stated on the listings and range from flexible to strict.

    Oil prices extend gains on COVID vaccine hopes

    Oil prices extended their gains on Monday as traders were optimistic about a recovery in crude demand thanks to successful coronavirus vaccine trials, but price gains were contained by renewed lockdowns in several countries. Sentiment was also bolstered by hopes that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and other producers, a group known as OPEC+, will keep crude output in check.

    SUGAR Cosmetics CEO finished 120 days of daily workouts at home during lockdown

    While Vineeta Singh’s main objective was fitness, the workout routine helped in an unexpected way.

    Sequoia Capital warns startups of Coronavirus ‘Black Swan’ event

    Sequoia has been a fixture of Silicon Valley for decades, helping fund generations of companies, including Apple Inc., Google, Instagram and DoorDash Inc. In 2008, the VC firm sent a similar, ominous note to founders called “RIP Good Times” during the depth of the recession.

    Tracking app to thermal camera, Indian startup ecosystem is coming together to fight coronavirus

    Startup founders in India have joined hands and are taking the initiative to help the government and citizens battle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic by bringing various solutions ranging from a quarantine app to a disease-free vehicle shield.

    Muse Nanobots launches nanotech coating for textiles to inactivate coronavirus

    Muse Nanobots conducted a study with the U.S.-based Situ Biosciences, an independent product test laboratory in Chicago, to understand the effectiveness of Muse Nanobots antiviral coating on coronavirus 229E, showed that it inactivated 99.99 per cent of the coronavirus 229E within five minutes of contact time.

    Billionaires, startups team up to fix broken Indian health care

    Shocking videos of coronavirus patients lying next to corpses in overrun hospitals and ambulances with critically-ill driving around in search of hospital beds have conferred fresh impetus to the task of rescuing Indian health care.

    Covid-19 research: 45 Bengaluru startups working on medicine, testing methods and vaccine

    Deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayan on Thursday asked the IT/BT department to set up a committee at the earliest. The deputy chief minister took a decision to this effect after he visited Bengaluru Bio Innovation Centre.

    Indian researchers working towards developing effective vaccine strategies against SARS-CoV-2 and HIV

    In two studies published in the past week, they reported the design of a 'heat-tolerant' Covid-19 vaccine candidate and a rapid method to identify specific regions on the HIV envelopeprotein that are targeted by antibodies, which can help design effective vaccines, an IISc press release said.

    Coronavirus outbreak chills China’s red-hot home rental startups

    Before the outbreak, some rental managers were counting on a seasonal bump in business after prospective tenants return to large cities for work after the Lunar New Year Holiday. Instead, they’re now forced to cope with a decline in revenue.

    Startup executives launch Covidmaps to help users find essential products nearby

    CovidMaps.in lists details around when a store is open, what items are available and how much, safety precautions being observed, crowding, wait-times to help people get their essentials in a safe way.

    Pandemic outside, paradise inside: How India's super-rich are dealing with COVID-19

    Amid work from home, their mega closets gather dust as loungewear becomes the new suits. Understandably, those periodic shopping trips overseas are off bounds. The summer skiing trips to the Swiss Alps have been cancelled. The coronavirus has been truly democratic in its rage, not sparing even the rarefied and gilded world of India’s super-rich.

    S&P 500 ends lower as COVID worries lightened by stimulus

    The Nasdaq dipped slightly to join the S&P 500 in the red, but financials helped the blue-chip Dow reverse course for a modest gain.

    On factory floors, a chime and flashing light to maintain distance

    The sensors were programmed to go off when two people were within 1.5 meters, roughly 6 feet, of each other for more than 5 seconds.

    From flipping burgers to baking bread, demand for robot cooks skyrockets as Covid-19 hits kitchens

    Robot food service was a trend even before the coronavirus pandemic.

    Coronavirus will finally give artificial intelligence its moment

    Pandemic lockdowns have affected consumer behavior in ways that will spur AI’s growth and development. As consumers buy more online to avoid the new risks of shopping in stores, they are giving sellers more data on preferences and shopping habits.

    Govt defers global summit on AI

    RAISE 2020 summit is expected to feature some of the most exciting global startups working in AI-related fields and is expected to have multiple events, such as the AI Startup Pitchfest, AI Startup Theater and The AI Startup Awards.

    MyClassboard raises Rs 4.5 crore funding from ICICI Bank

    MyClassboard, a Hyderabad-based edtech startup, will use the funding from ICICI Bank to expand its offerings to 50 lakh students across 10,000+ and enter the Middle East and Southeast Asian markets.

    What COVID-19 crisis means for India’s startup funding ecosystem in 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has brought a change in startup investment patterns. Venture capital firms are shifting their focus from tech-centric startups to the ones operating in sectors such as FMCG, online grocery delivery, home entertainment etc.

    DPIIT, Startup India seek innovative solutions from startups to fight Covid-19 crisis

    It said that the challenge is open to all startups, companies, and innovators - whose innovation can plug the gap between the demand and supply of essential medical items to fight the Covid-19 outbreak.

    IIT-Madras startups develop PPEs from 3D Printers and regular stationery materials

    Initial batches have been supplied in Chennai, while some were in the process of being scaled up towards mass production for use in hospitals and clinics across the country.

    Coming together of tech leaders to fight Coronavirus is commendable: RS Prasad

    The Action Covid Team (ACT) Grants, which is possibly a first-of-its-kind initiative globally, has already received about 40% of its target corpus, with some of the country’s top entrepreneurs also coming on board to not only provide capital, but also identify ventures that may be still at an ideation stage.

    Tech startups ask workers to trade in salary for stock

    Medal is among a growing number of startups offering stock-for-salary trades to preserve cash as the tech industry reels and economic uncertainty mounts.

    View: Coronavirus could be India's black swan event

    ​​Modi demonstrated leadership by announcing a lockdown and 3 packages to help citizens & businesses to cope.

    China's blue-chip index ends at 13-year high led by gains in banking, healthcare stocks

    At the close, the blue-chip CSI300 index was up 0.92% to 5,417.68, its highest since January 16, 2008, while the Shanghai Composite index was up 0.63% at 3,550.88.

    Coronavirus: The biggest challenge right now is business continuity

    As the Covid-19 outbreak hits companies hard, CFOs like Vaish are bracing for what many are referring to as the toughest phase in their careers.

    Physician engagement startup Doceree closes seed funding round of $1 million

    The New Jersey-based health-tech startup plans to utilize the funds for customer acquisition, recruiting talent, scaling up operations in India and the US and ramping up technology to further digitalize physician engagement experience, said a press statement issued by the company.

    China stocks post biggest monthly rise in 17 months amid coronavirus uncertainty

    SEC gains 0.71 per cent, CSI300 up 0.84 per cent, SSEC gains 10.9 per cent in July, CSI300 up 12.8 per cent, biggest monthly rises since April 2015.

    Apps don face masks to promote healthy practices amid Covid-19

    Apna Mask initiative, an effort by StartUpVsCOVID, is promoting homemade masks and aims to drive behavioural change to ensure that people wear masks and stay protected as they step out of their homes.

    Nasscom seeks relief for technology startups for business continuity

    Some of the important measures demanded from the government to help the startups include rental subsidy for workspaces used by start-ups which are regulated/owned/managed by government agencies; blanket suspension of all deadlines including tax payment deadlines and filing deadlines until at least four weeks post lifting of all city lockdown.

    In the fight against Covid-19, MSMEs and startups can help each other

    Cash is king but the significance of mergers, collaborations and sector specific reforms needs to be duly recognised too if one wants to find a way forward.

    How KARMIbot, others are making isolation wards robot ready

    The robot is expected to be cost-effective. Once the mould is completed and spares made available, the company will be able to manufacture one robot a day.

    Here are the things Indians have been spending their cash on during the coronavirus pandemic

    Consumers around the world are showing an increased interest in safeguarding their health and boosting their immunity. In India, that often means ayurveda, the country’s ancient system of medicine. Here are a few of the products shoppers in the world’s biggest open consumer market have been stocking up on.

    View: Design for hope amidst pandemic gloom

    Like other cities of the world, Indian cities will also remain vulnerable to threats like pandemics unless we re-innovate urban design and products having a large public interface. Making them safe and resilient is a challenge for urban planners and designers alike.

    For Indian gaming startups, Covid-19 lockdown is a boon for business

    With hours in hand, people in India are spending a majority of their time playing mobile games during the lockdown. This has led to a massive surge in user engagement of gaming startups in India.

    Abu Dhabi aims to attract skilled expats by making life cheaper

    This year’s two crises have forced many foreigners to reconsider their lives in the UAE.

    This Canadian start-up used AI to track coronavirus and raised alarm days before the outbreak

    BlueDot's algorithm can sift through several news stories a day in order to detect and monitor the spread.

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