Every day we hear how India is moving towards being digital savvy. The low end devices are helping to access plethora of information available on the internet, but there’s still a huge population that is struggling with some basic needs like: electricity, water, and healthcare. The advent of ‘Make in India’ has created an eco-system for startups and thanks to the government for this move as it has brought the existing ones into limelight while inspiring the newcomers as well.
The upcoming startups are keenly interested in sustainability, waste management and are putting their best foot forward in adding values the lives of the people. Let us look at 7 Indian startups that are making an impact in the society.
Deaths during child birth are quite prevalent in India with over eighty percent of childbirths happening in absence of doctors or any others medical personnel. It is crucial to monitor uterine contractions during childbirth, which is not the case in usual scenario as they are either incorrectly tracked or ignored altogether.
Over 2 million newborns and 2.5 Lac women dying during childbirth in a year the mortality rate is high and doctors are still using wrist watches to check heart rate. The founder of Janitri, Arun Agarwal who holds a Master’s degree in science built a low cost uterine contractions monitoring device. http://www.janitri.in/
Pneumonia is one of the top most causes of death in children under the age of 5 years. And this can be stopped with access to simple medical facilities; the risk of pneumonia would be at its peak in the first 28 days of a child’s life.
Raksh is aiming at contributing towards improving the quality of a child’s life in their early phase so as to stop pneumonia take over the precious lives. A Chennai based engineer Vignesh Ravichandran built a pneumonia monitoring device to track a child’s heart rate, blood oxygenation, body temperature and respiration. This Bluetooth monitor can be worn over a child’s ear. http://www.rvignesh.xyz/raksh.html
We are progressing; the increase in literacy rate says that for sure but what about blind literacy rate? One can see that the literacy rate in blind people has fallen drastically from 50% to less than 10% in the past thirty years. And in India it is further down at mere 2-3%.
Surabhi Srivastava, founder of Innovision came up with a totally innovative machine called ‘BrailleMe’, which can be plugged into mobiles and computers and it lets people with visual problems use the internet and its content. Besides that it also helps them to write in Braille script then convert it into digital content and vice versa. http://innovisiontech.co/
- Mera Gao Power
A startup founded by Nikhil Jaisinghani and Brian Shaad, Mera Gao Power aims to provide electricity to the low-income households in villages. MGP sets up solar grids and maintains them at only Rs.30/- per week per customer household.
Started in the year 2010 it has impacted 1.25 Lac people from 1500 villages in Uttar Pradesh, which now get night-time lighting and mobile charging.
Hygiene during a woman’s menstruation is still a taboo and over 12 percent of India’s women have access to products like sanitary napkins the rest of them try to use cloth, newspapers or even husk to manage the blood flow. This results in more reproductive infections.
Swacch, a machine developed by Saral Design Solutions produces ultra-thin sanitary napkins and is quite affordable. http://www.saraldesigns.in/index.html
- Taraltec Reactor
The extreme water crisis in India, especially in the metropolitan cities is alarming. Water is being bought from tankers, which may or may not be clean enough. Every year around 1.5 million children die of water-borne diseases alone.
Taraltec Reactor is a device that removes harmful bacteria in water from bore wells, hand pumps or motor pumps. This device doesn’t need electricity or any maintenance. http://taraltec.com/
- UE Life Sciences
The idea of low cost scanning is the heart of iBreast Exam by UE Life sciences. They have built an ultra-portable scanner that can be paired with smart phones. The costs of these scans are starting from Rs.80 to 250/- compared to the Rs.2000/- for a mammogram in private hospitals.
Founded by Mihir Shah and Mathew Campisi in the year 2009 have attracted about 4.1 million dollars of funding.
Helping the communities while they grow is the mantra followed by these start ups, ever interested in giving back to the society they are surely making a long lasting affect via their idea or product. It’s only a matter of few individuals who stuck to the process of coming up with a solution that has made these start ups truly pioneers in their very own way.