Delhi, the capital of the nation more often being at the receiving end of heavy criticism for its spine-chilling rape cases, deadly pollution or the suffering of the common man’s life because of some big shot ministers. But let’s not look at the bad side of the city. For once let us put our ignorance aside and the clear the fog to see the brighter side of the nation’s capital. Let Delhi be known for something which has never been in its CV. Unfortunately, people have always been oblivious to the fact that Delhi is on its way to becoming the next hottest startup destination in the country.
With premium quality educational Institutes, friendly government policies and the correct blend of technical and infrastructural resources, the city is compelling young budding talent to leave their monotonous job life and take a risk with their entrepreneur journey.
With completing of almost 5 years of Modi government and it’s amazing outreach to establishments, we have decided to look into amazing startups coming up in the NCR region which are doing really well and might soon make a huge mark in the business world. So here are some best startups in Delhi that have been the talk of the town:
List of Non-Tech Startups in Delhi
1. FIFTH AVENUE BAKERY & CAFÉ
Started by Rohini Chawla and her husband Saurav Chawla around six months ago, the fifth avenue is located at MG road in Gurugram, taking its name from one of the most elegant streets in the world located in New York, it is the only bakery in Delhi NCR that focus primarily on cupcakes. It has flavors from Nutella Cupcake to Blueberry. The cupcakes starting from RS. 110 go upto Rs. 135. The couple started the bakery on 1st March 2018 and are about start a retail store in October this year. The couple who lived in the US for many years came back to India to start their own venture with six months in, their cupcakes have already taken a huge hit with the audience. Rohini, who was a research scientist at Columbia University, missed the amazing cupcakes in New York and therefore decided to start a bakery that will focus on cupcakes. However, with the advent of startups rolling out both the entrepreneurs are successfully serving cupcake lovers with their quality assured bakery and shouting out loud as one of the best startups in Delhi in its segment.
2. IKKA DUKKA
An online commercial venture started by Nilisha Kohli and Enda Noone who decide when they were working in London for a company to start a handmade handicraft commercial venture in India. Nilisha Kohli born and brought in Lucknow, studies at Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and Enda Noone who has done his MBA from National College of Ireland came to India to work and curate a brand out of handmade handicrafts to revive fading Indian crafts in the market. The two took a sabbatical from work and in 2013 began working on this project. Launched in 2014, the commercial venture has an amazing affordable-priced jewelry collection for the elite starting from Rs. 1,800. Ikka Dukka sells home décor, jewelry, and bags and has its office in Shapurjat, near Siri Fort, the online ventures sell elite handicrafts across the world. This startup in Delhi is upscaling the popularity of handmade handicraft among Indians as well as foreigners.
3. THE INVITO
Sharika Dhar, an engineer by default, always interested in doing designing has started her own commercial venture known as The Invito. With starting price for wedding card from Rs. 200, this commercial venture with its fabulous wedding cards collection and low price has picked up a pace in Gurgaon. Dhar, who is 34, about to have a baby is working on her startup shoulder to shoulder as she balances her professional and personal life. Her products have touched the nerve of her customers and gained their trust rapidly in Gurugram and South Delhi. Moreover, she plans to extend The Invito wing throughout the NCR region. Moreover, the Invito is providing the best quality and unseen designer wedding cards in Delhi.
4. BLUE VECTOR
Blue Vector is a Communication Agency founded on the belief that the future of communication lies in Social consolidation. By marrying clear Insight, creative Ideation and Digital expertise, we aim to develop an organic, community-based Marketing machinery for Brands. An online e-commercial startup by Pearl Uppal and Kulbir Uppal shares their love for Kashmiri pashmina and Indian handicrafts with this venture. A luxury design label funded by start-up “5 ideas fuel” and is 100% Indian and has clients across 63 countries. Talking Threads has opened its first store in Gurugram, Golf Course Road, Sector 56. They sell shawls for men and women, gifts, sarees, dresses and gowns. This is another establishment promoting Indian Handicrafts in Delhi & NCR as well as in different countries.
Crepe-fe founder and CEO Mr. Shourrye Sachdeva who pursued culinary arts from Les Roches, Switzerland started Crepe-fe in 2017, and within a year’s time opened a restaurant in Sector 50 of Gurugram. Crepe-fe sells Belgium Waffles, American Bagels, Italian Gelato and French Crepes. It has mastered the taste of western breakfast and desserts and plans to open 50+ retail stores by 2022 and open at least 3+ retail store aboard. The owner has come up with Vision 2022 to establish Crepe-fe as the retail store to offer this kind of taste. Crepe-fe has established itself very well in last one year in Gurugram and plans to big a huge success by 2022. We wish the team all the best to grow immensely in this competitive startup ecosystem.
6. THE CUPNCAKE FACTORY
The Cup ‘n’ Cake factory located in Ninex Mall, Sohna Road. Other than cupcakes, this venture nurtures dessert items including pastries and also makes premium birthday cakes. The Cup ‘n’ Cake Factory started the production in 2012 at a slow pace but has picked up business in the last 2 years and plans to spread itself throughout NCR region. The CupnCake factory (TCnCF) is all about sharing the “whimsical” charm of cupcake and cakes. They make cupcakes and cakes the only way it should be made, from scratch, on location and using only the freshest of ingredients. With more than 25 variety of cupcakes and different cake designs, it has made its presence felt in Gurugram. This startup offers the lowest price of cupcakes at Rs. 89 for flavors such as strawberry crush cupcake and crunchy monkey cupcake etc.
Started in 2015 by three IIT Bombay graduates Shreya Mishra, Pranay Surana and Tushar Saxena who decided to do something different from most startup these days. Starting with Delhi NCR, they decided to rent clothes for the wedding and other important ceremonies. They sell high-quality material and have partnered with big labels such as Ritu Kumar, Masaba Gupta, and many others. The team of FlyRobe claims that more than 75,000 people have downloaded their Android app and profusely growing the rental based luxury clothes startup.
8. Imperial Knots
Founder Karan Kohli, a graduate in Economics from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, who decided to take his family export business to another level, started his own venture in 2012. An e-commerce which sells rugs and carpets at reasonable prices in the Indian market to make it affordable for the Indian public. They also sell their rugs aboard in countries like the United States and England. They have tie-ups with various websites such as Pepperfry, Amazon, Urban Ladder, Ikka Dukka and discern living etc. All Imperial Knots products are representative of artistic designs, aesthetic colors, and comfort, creating a high standard of floor coverings for your beautiful homes. The brand offers a design catalog of over 5,000 exclusive designs and is constantly creating new designs in line with changing market trends. Both its flat weave rugs and hand tufted modern carpets have attained immense popularity in recent years.
9. CULTURE CAFÉ
Culture Café located at Cross Point Mall in Sushant Lok Ph-1, Gurugram. Started by people who have experience in culinary arts and catering, tied up together to launch this multi-cuisine café which gives shakes, gourmet, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Thai, American and French dishes in its menu. It was launched in 2017 and within a year has created a buzz in the startup ecosystem.
Located in Vypar Kendra, Sushant Lok Ph-1, Gurugram and founded by a Japanese-Indian couple. It sells Japanese sweets and desserts to the Indian public and has been running successfully for a couple of years now. Iroha is a Japanese poem written by Heian era, where Buddhism spread. But, the name was chosen as it was exotic for Indians. The startup also sells pastries and cookies in Japanese style to the Indian public to make it more appealing. Starting from Rs. 25, Iroha is the only well known Japanese food retail store in Delhi NCR and hopes to spread its wings further.
List of Best Tech Startups in Delhi
An Artificial Intelligence app which was found by Ashish Gupta, Ankit Sharma from PEC Chandigarh and Rahul Gupta from IIT Kanpur and IIM Bangalore. InOne can be used to get movies, groceries, gifts, clothes and much more. It is a transaction engine app which has got its funding from Goldman Sachs, DBS, and UBS. Furthermore, it helps you find the cheapest option for plumbers, movies, clothes and much more. It is located in Gurugram and was started last year. Although, this uncommon startup is curating to save a lot of money for their customers.
Zostel is one of the best startups in Delhi that found its grassroots in the nation’s capital. It came up as ultimate savior for backpackers to let their inner wanderlust on a shoestring of a budget. Zostel is India’s first chain of backpacker’s hostels offering secure, hygienic and pocket-friendly accommodation.
Since its inception in 2013, this startup has come a long way enabling its network over 20 Indian cities. The startup was founded by a bunch of 7 young travel enthusiasts, Dharamveer Chauhan, Paavan Nanda, Akhil Malik, and Tarun Tiwari graduating from IIM Calcutta, Chetan Singh Chauhan and Abhishek Bhutua from IIT Varanasi, while the 7th member Siddharth Janghu a former employee of JP Morgan. Zostel is looking to expand its network across the country.
In India, tea is undoubtedly the ‘Holy Grail’ of Indian Beverages. Although, 90% of the population consuming tea, India has the largest consumers of tea. Chaayos is just for all those ‘Chaifreaks’ who look for the authentic Indian taste.
Chaayos is an online tea delivering and cafe chain started out in Delhi. The company aims at providing authentic taste which all the middle class looks for without spending a fortune on it. With Starbucks and Cafe Coffee Day having sky-high prices, Chaayos was the just what the middle-class Indian population was looking for, without being too conscious about the quality. Since the company has started out, it has established its chain of cafes in 6 Indian cities. This is one of the startups in Delhi have a profuse sale of Tea and growing successfully from every corner of its sides.
If you’re a crazy foodie, chances are you would have already come across Zomato. Zomato is an online restaurant search, reviews and food delivery startup founded in 2008 by Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah.
Zomato is operational in over 20 countries across the globe since their inception. With the food and technology industry growing ever so rapidly, Zomato has been at the forefront. With over millions of dollars of funding the company currently stands at a valuation of over $2 Billion dollars. Although, inspite of lot competitors in food delivery market, Zomato a food delivery app-based startup has secured its position with filthy and loyal users and it is growing its users rapidly.
Online food delivery for people, sounds too mainstream right? But now dogspot have given your pets some more reasons to love you because even pets can get their food delivered online. Dogspot is India’s largest online store for pet supplies. This startup in Delhi has eminently brought change in pet care and making pet ownership easy.
Dogspot was founded by Rana Atheya in 2007. The company believes that it is common love for animals that is its driving force. Infused investments from some Big shots like Ratan Tata and Ronnie Screwala the company have taken huge leaps since its inception.
Trying to have the perfect 21st birthday bash or fulfilling your dream of a lovely destination wedding?, Worried about the spoil of fun due to bad music in the event or those annoying moments post-marriage/birthday to find the best picture you’re looking for? , To have the so-called perfect event you need the perfect people to do the job during the event. Well, Gigstart is one of the startups in Delhi which offers service providers in line with respect to your requirements.
Gigstart is a marketplace that facilitates quick and transparent connect between entertainers and party planners. Started out from a very humble background in 2014 the company has improved its client base includes brands such as Maruti, TATA, and Etihad Airways. The company has over 4000 artists listed and handles the contract as well as the payment getaway.
Nothing is more pleasing for Indians other than a morning cup of tea with the daily dose of the news. But as times have changed, it also brought about a change in the way news is broadcasted and perceived by the audience. In this ever so busy world, NewsInShort is just the perfect solution for your quick dose about the events happening around you.
NewsInShort aggregates breaking and trending news from all the preferred news site into a crisp 60-word skeleton for the busy readers. Co-founded by 3 dropouts from IIT Delhi, Deepit Purkayastha, Azhar Iqbal and Anunay Arunav the startup have infused over $20 million dollar funding with the founders of Flipkart Sachin and Binny Bansal being the main catalyst in the deal.
Tired of calling the service guy, again and again, to get your AC fixed? , Want to get your flat tire fixed. Well, no worries findYahan is just the perfect application you need. Findyahan is a hyper-local marketplace for lifestyle services.
It is location-based discovery platform that connects skilled individuals and home businesses to their target customer easily and effectively. With over thousands of users, the startup is on a growing demand. In 2016 Zimmber acquired FindYahan for an undisclosed amount.
Known as the Indian version of ‘Tinder’ Trulymadly is considered the best dating and matchmaking app in India. Unlike tinder and other dating apps wherein the results are flooded with hundreds of potential matches for you. TrulyMadly only showcases up to 10. The app requires you to fill up your profile through a series of questionnaire and based on the results find the ideal match for you.
Furthermore, this was a long list of successful startups in Delhi from The Capital Of India. We would be adding more insights to throw light on unknown unique startups to aware our readers. However, until then information about startups in Lucknow, Shimla, and Goa are now present in our website, do take a read and share along with your friends to make them aware about the happening of this ecosystem.