Ventures to watch in 2013

Ventures to watch in 2013

A new year brings new hope to entrepreneurs, and for those looking for inspiring ideas, here is a list of ventures to watch out for this year:

TAPPRS is a photography rental company based in Bangalore. They run photography equipment rental as a flagship service. They also run a photography marketplace and a service to find photographers for any event. It is run by Prem Sagar, a passionate entrepreneur who started as a hobbyist.

is an art-cum-science factory that provides social media marketing, strategic branding, and research-based consultancy for the movie industry. It was started by Sharath Chandra and is based in Hyderabad.

ESPARSHA is a merchandise and apparel e-commerce retailer targeting colleges and young people across India. It was started by Nalin, Karthik and Satish, alumni of IIT-BHU.

Ablab Solutions: Bhubaneswar-based Harsh Wardhan started Ablab Solutions to train college students on robotics and technology areas.

INC42 by Utkarsh Agarwal is an online magazine for the country’s youngsters. It covers generic as well as specific topics of interest to young India.

SOCIAL BUZZAR: Mayank Jain started SOCIAL BUZZAR to cater to the demands of social media marketing and application development.

by Sheetal Kharka is a social enterprise with a purpose. It aims to highlight stories of heroes in our society who are overlooked by the mass media.

In this Odisha-based startup, Subrata Pandey has blended design and engineering to bring together ethnic products for customers.

ECCENTRIC ENGINE: Based in Mumbai, it is a full-fledged digital creative and content agency. Started by students, it has now grown to the next stage and has been doing exciting work for corporate clients.

PURPLLE.COM: Started by Manish Taneja, an IIT-Delhi alumnus, it provides beauty and grooming services (Industry size is `13,000 crore), which is a very integral part of the beauty industry. The company plans to list salons and beauty clinics in major metros.

Pencilcoders is an innovative startup by Sudheendra, a BITS Pilani undergraduate. It focuses on web 2.0 technologies and helps businesses build rich web experiences.

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Amit Grover, founder of, is an IIT Delhi and IIM Indore alumnus, having more than 12 years of industry experience. He started Nurture Talent Academy, and earlier worked with Infosys, Asian Paints, Onida and Mumbai Angels. He regularly blogs on AHA Taxis, his recent venture, offers one way outstation travel across India.

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