How Bengaluru Put India’s Startup Journey into Gear

Silicon Valley or IT hub, garden city, startup capital – Bengaluru has donned its share of the proverbial many hats. The city’s cosmopolitan culture has a significant role to play in this, as it is home to a number of investors, businessmen, entrepreneurs and job seekers, that too from all kinds of backgrounds.

The presence of esteemed educational institutes such as Indian Institute of Management, National Institute of Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Christ University, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, and Symbiosis International University, among others, is a huge facilitator in producing smart, talented thinkers.

Here is a list of startups that originated in Bengaluru:


Launch year: 2007
Revenue: INR 199 Billion

Founded by IIT Delhi alumni, Flipkart is India’s leading e-commerce website offering products across categories. Pouring investments along with interesting advertising and marketing ideas gave it a conspicuously evolving presence in the e-commerce market. It went on to acquire a competing e-commerce startup, also from Bengaluru, Myntra, and another one, Jabong.


Launch year: 2012
Revenue: INR 209 Million

A product of IIT Roorkee alumni, HackerEarth is a technology startup that specialises in providing technical recruitment solutions and innovative management ideas to corporates. Its vast list of clients includes Amazon, Walmart Labs, Thoughtworks, Societe Generale, HP, Adobe, VMware, DBS, HCL, GE, Wipro, Barclays, Pitney Bowes, Intel, and L&T Infotech, among others.


Launch year: 2011
Revenue: INR 16.06 Billion

The idea of eliminating the grinding walk to the grocery store after a tiring day at work was appealing to a lot of people. This is probably why BigBasket, an online grocery delivery service, became a huge success and continues to be growing in this space. Today it is the country’s largest online supermarket.


Launch year: 2012
Revenue: INR 1.58 Billion

Road trips are all the rage in India right now. The introduction made this all the more appealing to those who did not have access to a car through its concept of self-driving car rental service. If you are living in a different city, you don’t need to worry about not having your car with you and still enjoy travelling.


Launch year: 2008
Revenue: INR 1.91 Billion

Drawing from a personal experience of trying to make an informed decision about the best doctor for his father’s medical surgery, a final year engineering student and his classmate founded Practo. The alumni of National Institute of Technology, Karnataka created a platform where users can access information on thousands of doctors across India listed on the app, make their own choice and book appointments.


Launch year: 2014
Revenue: INR 230 Billion

A thought product of BITS Pilani and IIT Kharagpur alumni, Swiggy revolutionised the concept of online food delivery. It brought all the nearby restaurants to the user’s fingertips and offered a wider selection for delivery. The app also lets users track their orders in real time, further enhancing the user experience.

Today, the culture of entrepreneurship and startups has expanded far and beyond Bengaluru, across other Indian cities. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or someone looking for startup jobs, you have more opportunities than ever.

(All figures are approximate and subject to change as per current market scenario.)

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