Hyderabad: Hyderabad-based startup PublicVibe that launched its hyper local community news platform Vibe in November last year has emerged as one of the top 10 winners in the Nasscom 10,000 Startups and Facebook’s second edition of ‘Code for the Next Billion Program’. Through the company’s platform, public can share news, issues, experiences and opinions with people in their neighbourhood.
The second edition of the programme roped in Invest India as its outreach partner to foster growth among the developer community as well as bringing India at the centre-stage of app development and innovation, globally. The winners representing health-tech, edu-tech, socio-tech, agri-tech, blockchain among others, will be provided mentorship on technical, marketing and financial aspects besides imparting leadership skills to build applications and businesses that are global.
PublicVibe was recognised as a startup that can create social impact among the next billion internet users in India, with its socio-technology for building hyper local community that can touch people lives at all levels. It is the only startup selected from Telangana.
Narasimha Veeramreddy, co-founder & CEO, PublicVibe told Telangana Today, “We applied for the competition in November last year and made our final pitch on January 22, 2018 and the final winners were announced during the month-end. As winners, we will get an opportunity to be part of the Nasscom’s three-month incubation programme that will be held from this month. We may also get access to the Nasscom’s startup warehouses in the country during the period. We will also get technology support and mentoring from both of them.”
The programme saw around 246 submissions from startups this year which were screened and scrutinised on various business and technology parameters by the funding partners Unitus Seed Fund, Ankur Capital and Indian Angel Network. Out of the total applications, 20 startups were shortlisted for an in-person pitch with five jury members that included K S Viswanathan, VP (Industry Initiative), Nasscom, Satyajeet Singh, head – Strategic Product Partnerships – India & South Asia, Facebook, Sarita Raichura, regional head, South India- Indian Angel Network, serial entrepreneur Naganand Doraswamy, and Sucharita Eashwar, Founder and CEO, Catalyst for Women Entrepreneurs at Nasscom’s Bangalore Startup Warehouse.
Other nine winners include Haqdarshak, Eye-D, Bodhi Health Education, TheTeacherApp, JioVio Healthcare, KrishiHub, Right2Vote, ChainFrame and Helper4U. The Nasscom programme brought out in partnership with Facebook focuses on social innovation startups in the country.