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    ET Startup Awards 2019: Nominees for the 'Bootstrap Champ' category

    Synopsis

    Excelling the art of running a bootstrapped business successfully, these firms are making a names of their own in the startup industry.

    A startup clicks when founders are passionate and the team focuses on its mission despite changing dynamics, said Dilip Khandelwal, MD of SAP Labs India.
    Ahead of the Economic Startup Awards 2019, here we present the five entrants in the 'Bootstrap Champ' category. A high-profile jury will pick the winners from eight categories on Friday.

    Fit & Glow Healthcare
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    Founded : 2014
    Founders : Manish Chowdhary (in pic), Karan Chowdhary, Arvind Sokke and Ashwin Sokke
    Based : Bengaluru and Florida, US
    What it does: Sells gentle care and chemical-free brands of cosmetics and beauty products, mostly online. It currently has four brands including WOW, Nutrava, Body Cupid and Shaving Station.


    Indusface
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    Founded: 2012
    Founders: Ashish Tandon (in pic), Venkatesh Sundar, Nandini Tandon
    Based: Vadodara
    What it does: Indusface secures websites and applications from being hacked and helps improve site performance. It offers services on a subscription model to enterprises, and businesses across verticals like banking, financial services, insurance and telecom.

    M2P Solutions
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    Founded: 2014
    Founders: Madhusudanan R (in pic), Muthukumar A, Prabhu R
    Based: Chennai
    What it does: M2P Solutions’ flagship product is YAP, based on the payment-as-a-service model. It helps businesses roll out their own branded products with a specific focus on programme management.

    Happyfox
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    Founded: 2012
    Founder: Shalin Jain (in pic)
    Based: Irvine, California and Chennai, India
    What it does: A cloud-based customer service and support company that sells subscriptionbased products on a monthly and yearly basis. It offers helpdesk ticketing system, live chat software and AI-based chatbots.

    Appointy
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    Founded: 2007
    Founders: Nemesh Singh (in pic) and Sarang Verma
    Based: Bhopal
    What it does: Offers cloud-based scheduling software to businesses, enabling them to automate appointment booking. It also helps businesses improve staff productivity, manage customer reviews, payments, and appointment reminders, apart from running user loyalty programmes.

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    Expert Speak: Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog
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    India is on the cusp of economic progress and startups are critical to sustain our momentum of 7.5% annual GDP growth over the next decade and building a $10 trillion economy by 2030. Startups that understand India’s unique challenges and opportunities will power this, and solutions that are non-linear, and which scale exponentially, will stand out. Startups that rely on innovation to solve basic needs, around affordable healthcare, housing, financial inclusion and quality education are the ones I am most keen on. I prefer tech-enabled use-case driven startups that can scale up. My key parameters are — impact of the use case or problem being addressed, capability to execute at scale, underlying technology, and commitment of the founding team. I look forward to women-led startups and startups incubated on campus. India needs more such success stories and I’m personally committed to ensuring their success.
    The Economic Times