5 Pune-Based Start-Ups to Watch Out for in 2017

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Ah, the start-up life. The thing about start-ups that I think I love most is how disruptive they are, in a brilliant kind of way, of course. Start-ups, with their young blood, bright eyes and clear heads, emerge from obscurity, shoot right to the top and shake things up about the way we eat, work, play and live. Personally, I’ve always harboured a deep admiration for the start-up ecosystem as it stands today. Pune is at the heart of the start-up scene in India. And so, I bring to you a list of exciting Pune-based start-ups that I think are going to turn heads come 2017. Here they are!

Plobal Apps 

Founded in 2013 by Atul Poharkar, Aliasger Motiwalla and Abhishek Jain, Plobal Apps is a mobile app development platform that helps small and midsize businesses (SMBs) create powerful iOS and Android apps, thereby adding Mobile as an integral sales channel to their growth strategy.


Plobal creates a mobile app at 1/10th the cost and in under 10 minutes without writing a single line of code. Says CEO & Founder, Atul Poharkar, “Our aim is to help entrepreneurs, of both big and small businesses, to focus on just that- being entrepreneurs, and manage their core business while we take care of their mobile technology. We are dedicated to help businesses leverage the power of mobile instantly and cost-effectively.”   


Chtrbox is a combined effort of an A-team who is keen to evolve the way digital advertising is done- Pranay Swarup (previously, Co-Founder & COO of LetsIntern.com and Youth:ink), Rohit Raj and Varun Duggirala (Founders of The Glitch), Roshan Abbas (MD, Encompass) and Gaurav Kapur (Media Personality) are the makers behind Chtrbox.

Chtrbox (pronounced ‘Chatterbox’) is the marketplace for brands and social media creators and influencers to best find each other and collaborate. Through Chtrbox, brands can discover influencers that matter most to them and can even monetise their ‘digital real estate’ as well. Some of the brands that they work with in India are- Adidas, Close Up, JBL, Koovs, Livon, NBA, OLX, QS, Ray-Ban, Star Movies, Vogue Eyewear, Whisper, Zee Studio and many more. Chtrbox now operates out of Pune, Mumbai and Delhi.


Riky is a smart tab installed inside Rickshaws with the aim of making the ride better for passengers. It is an innovative and revolutionary media platform designed for rickshaw commuters. It has various features for passengers: Entertainment, Games, News and also has a safety feature: ‘Track-me’ through which a passenger can share their location with their loved ones. For the advertisers: It provides proximity-based advertising and helps brands and consumers connect with each other.

Riky displays feature rich content-static images, audio-video ads, and ads triggered by geo-location. Riky then collects this data and, based on how different users interact with the tablet, provides insights to brands about which ads are the most effective. Co-founded by Abhay Bora, Yash Mutha, and Kamlesh Sancheti, ProximiT (the holding company of Riky), Riky raised Rs. 1 crore in early stage funding via crowd funding platform 1Crowd.

The Vigourkart

Founded by Fedora Fernanades, The Vigourkart produces healthy breakfast bowls that can be substituted for dessert or dinner as well! Their speciality is their guilt-free, dairy-free, as well as sugar-free chia seed pudding.

They also offer a wide variety of vegan as well as non-vegan delights. You can buy Vigourkart chia pudding bowls at the Real Green Cafe in Koregaon Park, Lane 6 or simply get in touch through their Facebook page to place an order.

Sector 7 Workspaces

Co-founded by Darshan Bhagat, Yash Biyani and Adil Singh, Sector 7 workspaces is a conveniently located co-working space that offers impeccably designed dedicated cabins and conference rooms, open desks, ergonomic chairs, a break-out zone and a fun coffee bar! Writers, entrepreneurs, start-ups looking for office space can rent out a space depending on their requirements and are even given the option of choosing from a day-pass, 12-day pass and a month-pass, without the hassle of renting, buying, furnishing or maintaining an office.

The list isn’t over yet! Stay tuned for the second part of amazing start-ups to watch out for in 2017!

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