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National Startup Day: 5 Indian startups that hit across the globe

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a virtual gathering of over 150 entrepreneurs on Saturday, January 16, 2022, that the country will celebrate January 16 as National Startup Day.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a virtual gathering of over 150 entrepreneurs on Saturday, January 16, 2022, that the country will celebrate January 16 as National Startup Day. He characterised startups as the backbone of the new India and the engine that will drive the country’s economic growth in the run-up to the country’s 100th anniversary of independence.

This step is one of the many towards making India independent. There are many startups in India, and so, introducing National Startup Day will motivate young entrepreneurs to keep innovating.

On the occasion of National Startup Day, here are the top 5 Indian startups that hit across the globe:

CRED

CRED app, a Bangalore based startup, was founded in 2018 as a platform where you can pay your credit card bills, and get rewards in return.

CRED is the youngest Indian firm to be valued at $2.2 billion, according to TechCrunch. This two-year-old company has over 6 million clients and accounts for around 22% of all credit card holders. According to Kunal Shah, founder and CEO, CRED caters to affluent customers and has become one of the most talked-about businesses.

PharmEasy

Pharmacy, an online pharmacy and medical store, was founded in 2015 in Mumbai, India. During the Covid-19 era, the company grew immensely. Having raised over $350 million, PharmEasy is India’s first E-pharmacy unicorn.

Founders Dharmil Sheth and Dr. Dhaval Shah shared that they aim to reach over 100,000 pharmacies in India’s new geographical areas in the next 12 months.

Nykaa

Nykaa, founded in 2012, is an e-commerce fashion and beauty platform. The company raised $25 million in March, 2020. Currently, it is valued at $1.2 billion.

Falguni Nayar, the founder, was an investment banker. As of now, the company has more than 5 million monthly users, and has more than 55 retail locations and delivers over 1.5 million orders every month. Nykaa is preparing for an initial public offering (IPO) in 2022, with a target valuation of $3.5 billion. This online beauty business is predicted to develop at a CAGR of 9%, according to a research by RedSeer Consulting.

Dream11

Dream11, a Mumbai based business founded in 2008, is an online fantasy sports platform. It has more than 10 crore users in India. It is India’s first unicorn startup, with a valuation of $5 billion.

Dream11 was founded by Harsh Jain and Bhavit Sheth, and in the past 3 years, has grown at a CAGR of 230.

Swiggy

Swiggy was founded in 2014 with merely a staff of 5 delivery boys and less than 30 restaurant partners. The company is currently valued at approximately $5 billion. Swiggy was founded by Sriharsha Majety, Nandan Reddy, Rahul Jaimini. It is one of the most successful startups in India. In less than four years, the company has become a unicorn startup.

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71st Miss World contestants visit Raj Ghat and pay respects to Mahatma Gandhi

The 71st Miss World will take place between February 18 and March 9 which will unfold across various venues, including the Bharat Manadapam in New Delhi. 120 contestants from countries around the world will participate in various competitions and charitable initiatives, serving as ambassadors of change.

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Miss World contestants, accompanied by Julia Morley, chairman and CEO of the Miss world Organisation, visited the Raj Ghat, also known as the Gandhi memorial, on Monday, where they paid their respects to Mahatma Gandhi. The 71st Miss World participants also visited the Gandhi Museum.

The 71st Miss World will take place between February 18 and March 9 which will unfold across various venues, including the Bharat Manadapam in New Delhi. 120 contestants from countries around the world will participate in various competitions and charitable initiatives, serving as ambassadors of change.

Julia Morley, chairman and CEO of the Miss World Organisation said in a statement that her love of India is no secret and having the 71st Miss World Festival in this country means a lot to her. She thanked Jamil Saidi for his herculean efforts to make the return of the event to India a reality. She said the Miss World Organization has assembled the best team for the 71st edition.

The 71st Miss World will end with a dazzling grand finale at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai. India last hosted the international pageant in 1996. Manushi Chhillar was the most recent Indian to win the pageant, having bagged the crown in 2017. Previously, Reita Faria Powell, Aishwarya Rai, Diana Hayden, Yukta Mookhey, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas have also won the competition.

India is currently hosting Miss World 2024 in Delhi and Mumbai after 28 years. The competition will begin on  Februray 18, with the grand finale scheduled  on March 9, the 71st Miss World Pageant will feature 120 contestants from 120 countries and territories, which includes India and will feature various competitions and charitable initiatives. The 21-day fashion and beauty event will feature a variety of events that will empower young women as change agents and future leaders.  

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Eknath Shinde, Devendra Fadnavis, Ajit Pawar pay tribute to Chhatrapathi Shivaji on his birth anniversary

Maharastra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and two deputy CMs attended various programmes to mark the occasion, which also included the cradle ceremony at the fort.  This day is celebrated as Shivaji Jayanti all over Maharashtra on two different dates every year- third day of Phalgun in the Samvat Hindu calendar, and February 19.

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Maharshtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde along with deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar paid tribute to Chhatrapathi Shivaji on his birth anniversary on Monday at Shivneri Fort in Pune. Maharastra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and two deputy CMs attended various programmes to mark the occasion, which also included the cradle ceremony at the fort. This day is celebrated as Shivaji Jayanti all over Maharashtra on two different dates every year- third day of Phalgun in the Samvat Hindu calendar, and February 19.

This day marks the birthday of the great Maratha Leader Shivaji I. He established Hindavi Swarajya. The warrior King Shivaji I was born at the Shivneri fort on the third day of the Krishna Paksha of the Phalgun month in the year 1551 of the Shalivahan Shaka. Chhatrapathi Shivaji, a great warrior King and was the founder of the Maratha Empire in the 17th century.

He was born on Februray 19, 1630. He is remembered for his valour, military tactics, and administrative skills. He established a sovereign Maratha Kingdom in the face of the Mughal and Adil Shahi Sultanate empire. The celebration of Chhatrapathi Shivaji Jayanti marks as a reminder of the impact of the Maratha Empire on Indian society and culture.

Emperor Shivaji’s principles of leadership, courage and social justice continue to inspire generations of Indians. On Chhatrapathi Shivaji Jayanti various events and processions are organised which include cultural programs, exhibitions and seminars, where people gather to pay homage to his legacy and learn about his contribution to Indian history. This year India is celebrating the 394th birth anniversary of the great Maratha ruler. The first celebrations of this festival started with the Maratha ruler Mahatma Phule in 1870 in Pune. These celebrations were taken forward by Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

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Google Doodle celebrates Valentine’s Day 2024 with chemistry-themed interactive doodle

According to the Google Doodle the user chooses an avatar from the periodic table or takes quiz to get matched to the one that best fits the user’s personality. Then the user starts swiping through profiles of various elements to make bonds. Each element has a different profile which has to be carefully read by the user before making the right choice.

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Google Doodle celebrates Valentine’s Day 2024 with a special scientific twist. This year’s takes the user into the world of chemistry and uncover his perfect elemental match. Google Doodle says there is no stronger bond than love, especially when the chemistry is just right.

The interactive Doodle has a Chemistry Cu Pd where the user can take element personality quiz and understand which element one’ personality can relate to the most. It works similarly to the dating apps in which the user can select your ideal match element by swiping right. The user has a choice between Chlorine, Bromine, Hydrogen, Iodine, Nitrogen etc.

According to the Google Doodle the user chooses an avatar from the periodic table or takes quiz to get matched to the one that best fits the user’s personality. Then the user starts swiping through profiles of various elements to make bonds. Each element has a different profile which has to be carefully read by the user before making the right choice.

The origin of this day can be traced back to the story of St Valentine who is remembered for his selfless acts of help for couples. It is said St Valentine was sentenced to imprisonment and beheaded by Emperor Claudius II for solemnizing the marriage of couples secretely.

On the day of his execution, St Valentine sent a note to Julia, the blind daughter of the jailer which said Your Valentine. Since then, Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on February 14. This day appreciates love in every form people to realize the most beautiful connection in our lives.

Valentine’s Day gives the message of that love is the most beautiful feeling and one is should value their close relationships. This day tells the people to remember their loved ones as they are the biggest strength in their lives.   

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