Here’s To The New Startup Hub
Noida-based digital tech firm to build marketplace for startups & VCs; beats TCS, EY & KPMG @Floydilicious Yeah, awesome achievement by ISRO. Very impressive!
Bengaluru: Noida-based digital technology firm TO THE NEW has bagged a deal to become the technology partner of the government’s Startup India Hub, beating biggies such as TCS, EY and KPMG. TO THE NEW is building a mobile app and a web portal for Startup India Hub that will function as a marketplace to connect startups with possible investors, officials said.
“The Startup India Hub portal will be a single point of contact for the entire ecosystem and enable knowledge exchange and access to funding,” said Raman Mittal, chief marketing officer of TO THE NEW. “It will enable interaction and collaboration among various stakeholders in the dynamic startup ecosystem,” he said.
Mittal said the company had quoted .₹ 1.75 crore to develop the application, which will be available on Android and iOS. The marketplace would be made in collaboration with Adobe experience manager and AWS cloud services. TO THE NEW, which won the commerce ministry deal last month, has set up a 40-member te-
am of engineers, UI and mobile app developers, and security experts. “In our testing lab the apps are used on more than 150 devices, platforms and browsers and even go under penetration testing,” Mittal said.
The Startup India Action plan was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2016 to engage with key stakeholders through email and a toll-free number. However, startups are not much excited about Startup India Hub portal as it’s similar to other platforms such as Mumbai Angel and Angel Ventures.
“New platforms like these will not give any additional advantages. Also most of the legal procedures have to be done offline, so I don’t see this offering any such value,” said Antony Kattukaran, founder of Chennai-based Tagalys. Amitabh Saran, CEO at Bengaluru-based Altigreen Propulsion Lab, too, said the new platform may not make a difference.
Mittal and his team are working on shortcomings of the current model to ensure that the new format is fully interactive and makes a difference.
“The app will be a one-stop platform for all startups and VCs to interact in a dynamic environment,” Mittal said.