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Internet digest: Uber, WudStay, Welcome Cure & dPronto


Uber launches startup mentorship program Uber Exchange

Uber has launched Uber Exchange, a startup mentorship program. The company will host six talks, including from executives in San Francisco. The sessions will address challenges faced by founders with starting up.

The initiative will include talks on fundraising, product design, engineering and scaling problems. At the end of the program, Uber plans to fly 10 startups to San Francisco and introduce them to global investors, other entrepreneurs and Uber’s team. Startups can sign up by emailing investindia@uber.com, post which the company will provide information on how to attend the sessions.


WudStay adds hotels in the luxury segment

Online marketplace for hotels WudStay has started listing hotels in the luxury segment, starting with a new category called WudStay Elite, reports YourStory. The company will partner with 4 and 5 star hotels across the country for the new category.

Last month WudStay has entered the paying guest accommodation space starting with 50 locations across Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kota. In August, WudStay acquired Awesome Stays, a two year old offline budget hotel aggregator for an undisclosed amount, for expanding to new markets of Varanasi, Goa, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Dehradun and Pune.


Welcome Cure launches e-clinics to connect with homeopathy experts

Homeopathy treatment platform Welcome Cure has launched e-clinics that will let patients connect with homeopathy experts online. The company has currently opened a clinic in Mumbai that will let patients without access to the internet, consult with homeopathy doctors. Overall the startup plans to open 150 such centres.

In October, Welcome Cure raised $6 million in a round of pre-series A funding, of which $5 million came from an unnamed Indian media house and $1 million from unnamed high net-worth individuals. The company provides users with access to homeopathy experts and charges then on a subscription basis to deliver medicines at home.


dPronto to offer last mile delivery to startups

Ex-Airtel enterprise head Rajiv Sharma, has launched a last mile delivery startup called dPronto. The startup aims to provide deliveries for ecommerce companies, full service logistics companies and hyperlocal market places. The company currently claims to serve ecommerce companies like Flipkart, Snapdeal and ShopClues.

As of now, dPronto claims to be in talks to raise Rs 700 crore to expand its operations in India. The logistics space has seen a spurt of growth in recent times. Last month Holisol raised $10 million, while QikPod raised a little over $9 million. In October, Parcelled raised $5 million from Delhivery and Tracxn labs while in September LogiNext raised $10 million and ShadowFax raised $8.5 million. Our logistics coverage here.

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