SocialCops secures seed funding from 500 Startups and others

socialcops logoTechnology data company Social Cops has raised $320,000 in seed funding from investors including 500Startups, Google India MD Rajan Anandan and Frost and Sullivan APAC MD Manoj Menon, reports NextBigWhat.

Founded in 2012 by Varun Banka and Prukalpa Sankar, the basic idea behind SocialCops seems to be using mobile phones to source ground-level data from citizens and non-profits.

It provides mobile apps for citizens to report civic problems in their locality like poor streetlighting, potholes and garbage dumps by sharing their location and uploading photographs. It also apparently provides users information about various topics like preventive healthcare and collects data through dial-an-answer surveys.

In addition, it apparently works with non-profits to enable them use low cost smartphones for surveying purposes, instead of the more expensive paper & agent method. The company mentions that it uses a mix of online information, open data and a network of mobile enabled human sensors to collect data.

This data is then processed to enable decision makers like the government, corporate heads, policy makers, non profits and media houses to make data driven decisions.

The company works in public health, public infrastructure and public education segments and has worked with partners like Government of Karnataka, Hindustan Unilever, Michelin and Digital Empowerment Foundation among others.

It claims to have executed various projects in India such as getting citizens to rate street cleanliness, tracking patient misconceptions regarding cancer and adherence to medication in pregnant women among others, in the past eight months.

AppDra raises $1.5 million from Becovillage

appdra logoBangalore & US based app development startup Appdra Software Solutions Pvt Ltd has raised $1.5 million in Series A round of funding through US based crowd funding platform Becovillage, a company executive has told Techcircle.

The investors participating in this fundraising include John Harris who is the founder of the consulting and intermediary firm, International Barter-Business.

The company will be using the investment to acquire international clients based in Europe and United States and launch a property site Gharbook. It will also launch a new learning management app called School-bag which will apparently compile and consolidate textbooks, notebooks, question banks and revision notes on a smartphone and also provide a 2-way interactive tool between the teachers and students.

AppDra was founded in 2012 by CS engineers Narendra Yallabandi and Raghavendra Prasad. It claims to have had 25 clients including Arryint Solution and Cloud Shift IT services in its portfolio. It claims to have generated Rs 45 lakh in revenues till date.

RARE Enterprise invests in Remedinet Technologies

remedinet logoBangalore-based firm Remedinet Technologies (previously HealthSprint) has raised an undisclosed amount of investment from Rakesh Jhunjhunwala owned investment firm RARE Enterprises and existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Nirvana Venture Advisors, reports The Economic Times.

Remedinet Technologies is healthcare information exchange and authentication solution provider which aims to enable cashless bill payments in hospitals. It has developed a platform through which insurance firms can transact pre-authorizations electronically. It also allows firms to manage community and government health schemes.

Remedinet’s client list includes Fortis Healthcare, ICICI Lombard, Vasan Eye Care and Max Bupa among others. Launched in 2006 as HealthSprint Technologies, Bessemer and Nirvana had acquired 100% stake in Remedinet last year and had inducted a new management team at the time.