TLabs, the incubation unit from Times Internet*, has announced its second batch of startups, featuring Happay, Langhar, GradeStack, Offermandi, Ooogwave, PrepSquare and iExperience. TLabs provides seed funding of Rs 10 lakhs for 10% stake in the company, and mentorship in building the minimum viable product, apart from networking with VCs and angel funds. Here’s a look at the consumer internet and mobile startups in their current batch:
Happay: Happay is working on building a mobile wallet service that has partnered with ZipCash to offer this service. They intend to use only a mobile number and unique ID for the customers to access this service. They are also in the process of acquiring merchants across locations such as Mumbai, Delhi and Pune.
Langhar: Langhar is a platform help users discover food cooked by people in their homes. They intend to build a community and marketplace for anyone who is interested in cooking and earning out of it. People interested in trying new and different food can get touch with these cooks on Langhar and dine at their place. It is unclear how far have they looked into the safety of going to a stranger’s home to dine. The company described itself as AIRBNB for food in the information shared with MediaNama. They are presently targeting this platform for U.S and India. This service is in direct competition with MealNut which has a similar model where people can order food from homes and get them home delivered. As for the differentiating factor between Langhar and MealNut, Abhimanyu Godara, Chief Manager at TLabs said that MealNut is focused more on delivery, while Langhar is trying to provide a unique experience. When asked if Langhar plans on getting into logistics of delivering food, Godara said that they plan do it in the future.
GradeStack: GradeStack is an online store courses that offers courses on native apps built on Android & iOS platforms. GradeStack has recently launched an app to learn Java. The platform is open to all students who want to learn any course. They intend to build different apps for different topics. Godara said that they are working on partnering with content providers and subject experts, adding that there is a gap in leveraging tablets and mobile for education and GradeStack is differentiating itself from others by leveraging mobile and tablets to provide courses.
Recently, Codelearn, a platform to learn coding through apps raised $150K from French angel investment firm Kima Ventures. It appears that GradeStack has a model similar to Codelearn, however, it would be covering other subjects as well.
Offermandi: Offermandi is a geo-location based application that provides users with offers from the local retailers. Speaking about Offermandi, Godara said that they intend to provide hyper-local offer, and remain limited to tier I cities and to vendors who don’t have an online marketplace presence. Their revenue model is yet to be defined.
Nikhil adds: Note that Times Internet already has TimesCity, and in any case, the deals model appears to be struggling globally. Location is just a feature, and can be integrated with any deals site.
iExperience: iExperience is a platform that sells different things to over weekends. Targeting people between 20-40 years of age, iExperience tries to offer activity options outside of movies, theatre, restaurants etc. They offer adventure activities like para-gliding etc. They are working on bringing vendors on board. They are currently present only in NCR region. So how are they different from a adventure trip planners? Godara said that they are focused on packages for very short span from 1 hour to one day or two days. They don’t intend to get into long term holidays. However, when we checked their website, they were offering a 13 day trip to Ladakh.
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