Indian Start-ups fight COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by Global technology interface on December 30, 2021

India has fostered the ambitious plan to create a US$ 5 trillion economy by 2025. To achieve this humungous goal, the country is largely focussing on knowledge economy-led development. Knowledge-based activities add significant value to the economy and accelerate GDP growth. Key knowledge drivers include innovation, R&D, human capital, intellectual property and intensive formation of new specialisations.


Start-ups are catalysts for radical innovation and have emerged as key factors in economic growth and development. Start-ups have always played a supporting role in the recovery of countries from the moment of crisis. Even during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, start-ups have continued to play a critical role in India. On such example is the Mumbai-based start-up, which is offering emergency rides to frontline helpers, medical patients and essential service providers. These innovative start-ups have responded fast to the pandemic and are helping India shift towards maintaining economic activities by digitising work, education and health services, and are also providing innovations in medical goods and services. 


Today, start-ups have opportunities to innovate and create a new business model, which can be used for short and long terms. Innovations that can help in the short run include telemedicine, remote personal care, medical equipment, home delivery, food processing, teleworking, online education and contact tracing. However, these innovations are to address specific activities for which there is an immediate need. Some of the prominent work done by leading start-ups in India are highlighted below;


  • Pune-based Mylab Discovery was the first indigenous company to have developed a real-time PCR-based molecular diagnostic kit that screens and detects samples of people who display flu-like symptoms. The kit was developed, approved by ICMR and CDSCO, and deployed in a very short time considering the national emergency. With support from TDB, the production of kits was ramped up in short span of time from 30,000 tests to 2 lakhs tests per day.


  • Delhi-based company called Nanoclean Global has assembled and installed the semi-automatic N95 mask production machine and started commercial-scale production of N95 masks. The company, which has distributed one lakh N95 Masks to the Delhi Police, has supported India’s fight against COVID 19 by manufacturing and providing more than 3.0 lakhs N95 masks for the citizens.


  • Pune-based Thincr Technologies India developed low-cost and efficient masks coated with antiviral agents to protect spread and protection of COVID-19 and other viral infections. They are also involved in the coating and 3D printing of anti-viral agents on the masks as a preventive measure against COVID-19. 


  • Evobi Automations, Bangalore has developed Ultraviolet Sanitizers in two different models, one of which is portable and distributed in various hospitals in Mumbai, Pune, and various Government schools across the country. They have sold more than 500 UV Sanitizer boxes and are receiving orders from various organizations.


  • Bangalore-based Cocoslabs Innovative Solutions (Pixuata) developed and commercialized a high-accuracy and contactless thermal analytics product for detection of elevated body temperature along with automated checking for face masks and social distance compliance.


India’s start-up ecosystem has been at the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 as entrepreneurs, investors and start-ups come together to incubate, innovate, accelerate and deploy tech. With the second wave of COVID-19 proving to be fatal beyond imagination, the Indian start-up ecosystem had come together to continue igniting the ray of hope.

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