91springboard launches Covid-19 information repository for startups

91springboard launches Covid-19 information repository for startups
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30 Mar, 2020

Co-working solutions provider 91springboard has launched an initiative to consolidate all Covid-19 containment and relief efforts taken by investors, government departments and stakeholders in the start-up ecosystem. 

Dubbed as Startups vs Covid19, the programme will offer a repository of resources for Indian startups fighting against the global pandemic, according to a statement.

The website will provide information on fund opportunities, Coronavirus-focussed hackathons, list of startups solving various challenges posed by Covid-19, and other support available for startups including access to organisations and individuals who can help with logistics, and permissions, among others.

“ As an Atal Innovation Mission incubator, we have always supported Indian startups and given the situation, we want to try our best to safeguard the interest of the startup community at large. Startup vs COVID 19 is a humble start towards this,” Pranay Gupta, co-founder, 91springboard, said.

The aim behind the initiative is to provide information in one place, rather than different sources. The platform will be regularly updated, the statement added.

Read: Co-working spaces playing a key role in shaping India’s startup ecosystem: Varun Chawla, 91springboard

The platform is currently updated with 27 startups working in some way or the other to control the global pandemic. 

Some of the startups include Pune-based Dataroc, which is developing a voice bot that calls the registered number and asks basic questions for the symptoms of Covid-19, to susceptible incoming population; Bengaluru-based Orbuculum, whose proprietary AI (artificial intelligence) tool help researchers and scientists in situations of an epidemic where time is a major constraint; Pune-based Healthfin, which offers no-cost loans for medical treatment at the doorstep of the hospital for all types of treatment for people who are uninsured or underinsured; and Chandigarh-based Jiyyo, whose AI-enabled remote OPD / telemedicine solution serves as a bridge connecting rural and urban patients to qualified doctors; among others.

India has so far reported 27 deaths, and the number of confirmed cases has crossed 1,000.

Last week, ANI Technologies, which owns and operates online ride-hailing platform Ola, launched a fund to support drivers facing income loss due to the ongoing 21-day lockdown. Gurugram-based artificial intelligence startup Staqu Technologies has partnered with the Punjab police to ease the application and approval process of curfew passes, which must be carried by those delivering essential goods during the Covid-19 lockdown.