RockYourPaper, Longman Suntech Energy, Zest.md, and SpaceshipApp Win The Challenge Cup New Delhi

February 25, 2014

1:59 pm

The Challenge Cup tournament has only one more stop on its quest to find the best startups solving the biggest challenges worldwide. But, before the Cup makes its last stop in San Francisco on Wednesday, let’s take a look at four outstanding startups that won in New Delhi last weekend.

Nineteen entrepreneurs presented their companies to a panel of judges at TLabs, a thriving accelerator in New Delhi. The startups fell into four categories including education, health, smart cities, and energy. However, only four will move on to the Challenge Festival, which will be held in May in Washington, D.C. Meet the four winners from New Delhi:

Education: RockYourPaper is a platform for researchers to discover and publish journal articles. RockYourPaper launched just four months ago, but already has 40,000 registered users from more than 200 counties. They plan to have half a million users within six months, monetizing the model by charging institutions to publish through the platform.

Energy: Longman Suntech Energy leases rooftop solar panel to Indian citizens in order to provide them with clean, renewable energy at no extra cost to the users. Longman Suntech formed because its founders, who were working in the U.K., saw a problem back home in India: power shortage. To solve the problem they want to capitalize on India’s 320 days every year, which is a huge potential for renewable energy.

Health: Zest.md provides an e-clinic platform for health coaches. What does that mean? Zest allows health coaches to see more clients in less time. They can automate the marketing and communication, allowing them to grow their clinics, bringing down the cost overall for the patient.

Smart Cities: More than 155 million people in India drive to work every day, and 65 percent of them go to work alone in their cars. SpaceshipApp wants to change that. Spaceship is looking to capture 400,000 carpool rides in a single year with 200,000 users. SpaceshipApp’s features include women-only rides, in-ride chat real-time ride tracking, cash-free transactions and user verification.

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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