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ET Startup Awards 2019: Nominees for the 'Social Enterprise' category

The 'Social Enterprise' award fetes the firm that offers solutions to pressing issues.

ET Bureau|
Updated: Jul 18, 2019, 10.03 AM IST
"I am looking for founders who have vision and ambition to disrupt a large industry or make it more efficient," says Rahul Meha, Managing Partner, DST Global.
Here are the five entrants shortlisted for the 'Social Enterprise' category in the Economic Times Startup Awards 2019. A high-profile jury will pick the winners from eight categories on Friday.


Founded: 2017
Founder: Sucharita Mukherjee (CEO, in pic), Puneet Gupta
Based: Chennai
Key investors: Blume Ventures, Omidyar Network, Venture Catalyst, Bharat Inclusion Fund
What it does: Kaleidofin is a wealth management platform that offers customized, goalbased financial products to the under-banked in partnership with banks, mutual funds and insurance companies.

Social Cops

Founded: 2013
Founder: Prukalpa Sankar, Varun Banka
Based: New Delhi
Key investors: Waterbridge Ventures, Google Launchpad Accelerator, Rajan Anandan, Ratan Tata
What it does: SocialCops is a data intelligence startup that works with governments, businesses, philanthropies, and nonprofits to help them take better decisions using data-based insights.


Founded: 2016
Founder: Rahul Pathri (CEO, in pic), Arpita Singh, Vaishnavi Reddy
Based: Hyderabad
Key investors: Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (grant), AIRmaker
What it does: Docturnal is a health technology startup that is attempting to detect diseases more easily using mobile software. Its flagship product, TimBre, can detect pulmonary tuberculosis just by recording the audio of a person’s cough.

Project Mudra

Founded: 2013
Founder: Sanskriti Dawle (CEO), Aman Srivastava, Dilip Ramesh, Saif Shaikh
Based: Bengaluru
Key investors: Greycell Ventures, Anand Mahindra, Village Capital
What it does: Project Mudra addresses the issue of low Braille literacy through a mobile app, which acts as an interface between visually impaired users and Braille hardware using speech recognition.

First Step Digital

Founded: 2015
Founder: Deep Bajaj (CEO, in pic), Mohit Bajaj
Based: New Delhi
Key investors: Indian Angel Network
What it does: First Step Digital aims to identify and solve women’s issues around intimate and menstrual hygiene. After its first product PeeBuddy, the company launched BodyGuard, a range of antipollution and anti-mosquito products, and Sirona, which focuses on feminine hygiene.

Must Read: ET Startup Awards 2019: Nominees for the 'Woman Ahead' category


Expert Speak: Rahul Mehta, Managing Partner, DST Global

Evaluating winners is not just about who is big today, but rather about who has the most potential over time. I am looking for founders who have vision and ambition to disrupt a large industry or make it more efficient, and who are willing to take bold bets as they scale. An obsession for product, customer, and to build a strong team and culture are what sets them apart. I am also looking for innovative products, including ones that solve India-specific problems. Early category leadership, fast growth, love from users, defensible competitive positioning and a large market opportunity are the other important criteria in selecting a winner.
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