After several competitive rounds of pitching all over India, we’ve finally chosen the top three startups that will represent India in this year’s Asia Hardware Battle!
These startups will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Chengdu, where they will meet and compete with other phenomenal early-stage hardware startups from all over Asia. In order to win, they will have to present in front of a panel of judges that includes venture capitalists from Sequoia China, IDG, GGV Capital, Matrix Partners China, Cyber Agent, Vintage Capital and more.
In total, fifteen startups competed in the India Startup Hunt finals. Here are the top three startups, along with their product pitches:
Chakr’s product, Kaal-Ink, is a device that can absorb almost 81% of particulate matter emitted by diesel engine generators and industrial chimneys. Kaal-Ink is aimed at reducing the detrimental health effects of these emissions, which include bronchitis and premature death. After Kaal-Ink’s concentration of particulates reaches a certain value, the particulates can be separated from Kaal-Ink, renewing the device’s ability to absorb.
Live Braille’s product lets people look at up to 3,000 objects simultaneously in one second, according to the startup. Their product helps blind people navigate public transportation systems, travel alone, cross roads, commute to work, and be productive.
Jugnu is a smart LED bulb that can transfer data through visible light at speeds up to 1GBps. It uses a Li-Fi, which is a wireless communication system that uses light as a medium of transport instead of traditional radio frequencies. This technology can be a good complement to exciting RF technology (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and other RF Systems).
Besides Chakr, Velmenni, and LiveBraille, here are the other twelve startups that competed in the India Startup Hunt finals: