Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s leading telecom operator and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited [ZEEL] announced a strategic partnership for ZEE5 – the fastest growing OTT platform in the country. Under the strategic partnership, aimed at driving the growth of digital ecosystem in India, the content portfolio of ZEE5 will be available to Vodafone Idea customers on Vodafone Play as well as Idea Movies & TV app.

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Customers of Vodafone Idea can now enjoy the entire content catalogue of ZEE5 thereby providing a seamless viewing experience via multiple devices. The association between the two industry leaders will help create a beneficial ecosystem for viewers that will drive the growth of video viewing in smaller cities and towns in times to come. The content of ZEE5 can be accessed by customers through Vodafone Play or idea Movies & TV app.

The ZEE5 content is available across 12 languages like English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Gujarati & Punjabi across genres like Kids content, Cineplays, Live TV and Health and Lifestyle content.

Commenting on the partnership, Avneesh Khosla, Operations Director – Marketing, Vodafone Idea Limited said

Our customers are constantly seeking rich and diverse content options and we aim to provide enriched entertainment to our customers by offering high quality content on Vodafone Play and Idea Movies & TV. We are happy to partner with ZEE5 and bring their library of content to our customers.

Our insights on customer preferences, salience and relevance along with ZEE’s deep understanding of the Indian content viewership habits are being brought together through this partnership. We are happy to offer the entire catalogue of ZEE5 along with 2 exclusive channels to our customers as an introductory offer.

Speaking about the association, Tarun Katial, CEO, ZEE5 India said

ZEE5 and Vodafone Idea lend themselves to a complementary partnership. Having established ourselves as the fastest growing OTT platform in India with the largest repertoire of content, we have attracted subscribers across geographies and demographics.

We have an ambitious growth plan charted out for us and through this partnership with Vodafone Idea, India’s largest telecom company, we will leverage synergies between the brands and further bolster our presence across the country.

Through this alliance, Vodafone Idea subscribers will be able to access the content repertoire of ZEE5

  • LIVE TV offering of ZEE’s Network content on Vodafone Play and Idea Movies & TV through ZEE5 app

Real-time broadcast of shows that are being telecast on any of the ZEE channels including Hindi and regional channels – ZEE TV, & TV, ZEE Anmol, Zing, ZEE Marathi, ZEE Tamil, ZEE Bangla, ZEE Yuva, Sarthak TV, ZEE Kannada, ZEE Cinema, ZEE Action, & Pictures, ZEE Café, & flix, ZEE ETC and so on

  • Unrestricted catch up of ZEE Network content through ZEE5 app

Customers will be able to access the ZEE5 content library including TV shows, movies and Before TV content

  • Vodafone Idea customers will get access to ZEE5 premium subscription which includes Original shows and films, premium movies, digital movie premieres of upcoming blockbuster films, etc. as an introductory offer

Vodafone Idea subscribers will have access to the complete content portfolio of ZEE5 that includes the original web-series in Hindi and regional languages [including dubbed versions]

ZEE5 offers original content in six languages – Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam

Customers will also get unrestricted access to the entire movie library on the platform including digital premieres, acquired content, original films and so on

  • The highlight is 2 exclusive linear digital channels including Zee Theatre – premium theatre content to be available on Vodafone Play and Idea Movies & TV app

ZEE5 is India’s fastest growing entertainment OTT destination that has invested heavily in acquiring and producing content that will resonate with a cross-section of viewers across the country. As of December 2018, ZEE5 has 56.3 mn monthly active users, who spend an average of 31 minutes on the platform per day. ZEE5 has consistently been amongst the top-5 free and grossing entertainment apps in India as per the Google Play store rankings.

In a first of its kind initiative, in the past quarter, ZEE5 launched regional subscription packs for Tamil, Telugu and Kannada users. These tiered SVOD packs enable consumers to watch premium content in a language of their choice at half the price. Subscribers of these packs are also able to watch their favourite TV shows hours before they are aired on television later in the day. This offering has helped ZEE5 gather subscription momentum in the south Indian market.

Coworly, an online co working space reservation business, has announced the launch of its operations in Delhi-NCR region. Coworly aims to reshape the way professionals search for and compare co-working and alternative office space solutions.The platform allows professionals to make informed decisions by personalizing their office space search and providing them access to a deep supply of co-working company’s information and prices.

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Coworly enables its partners/advertisers to grow their businesses by providing access to a broad audience of professionals via its websites and app. As of December 31, 2018, Coworly has partnered with 55 co-working space providers serving more than 1000+ bookings per month. The platform currently provides solutions across Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida and aims to enter five markets in the country in 2019.

Speaking about the launch, Sandeep Singh, Founder- Coworly said

Coworly aims to help professionals and freelancers find the best solution for their office space needs. The platform brings together space providers and customers by giving them options according to their needs and in their budget.

Co-working sector has seen exponential growth in the country in past 5 years and with more than 350 operators looking to tap into the market, the customers have pool of options to choose from. We identified the need for a platform which will bring together all the players and make it easier for customers to compare and choose the best suited option in their budget. We plan to enter more markets like Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad soon as these markets are seeing huge demand for such flexible workspaces.

Other than providing smooth experience in booking office spaces to customers, Coworly also helps their partners to manage their inventory and resources through its own SaaS based software.

About Coworly

Coworly is a flexible space as a service provider offering meeting rooms, conference rooms, training rooms.Launched in 2018 and serving more than 1000+ bookings per month.Our customers start from an entrepreneur to large corporations. 50+ space providers across India trust Coworly to accept bookings on their behalf and growing rapidly. It is a backed by a small team of 5 people, who are making Coworly a service loved by professionals to achieve more in less time. For more information, please visit Coworly

Indian Angel Network, Asia’s largest network of Angel investors, has invested Rs. 3.5 crore in Pune-based start-up SparesHub, an automobile parts start-up. SparesHub will utilize the funds for its geographical expansion and to strengthen its technology capabilities. The funding was led by Indian Angel members Neeraj Garg, Harsh Gandhi, and Ankur Agarwal.

Founded by Tapas P. Gupta and Arijit A. Chakraborty, the SparesHub team currently comprises 27 employees. It solves the problem of the unavailability of, and over-expensive, automobile parts which result in a significant loss of time, money, and efforts for car owners in India. Since its inception, SparesHub has been working to dis-intermediate and digitize the automobile parts industry in India.

To this end, it is introducing modern supply chain and logistics methodologies in the industry, and caters to B2B customers. SparesHub works with India’s leading car companies and part manufacturers to make OEM and OES parts available to its customers [multi-brand service centres, service aggregators, fleet owners and insurance companies]. Existing investor Holomua Group Inc, also participated in the investment round.

Padmaja Ruparel, President and Co-founder of Indian Angel Network, added

The decision to invest in SparesHub was taken after a careful assessment of the business, the team’s vision, and its strategy to achieve the same. The company has the makings of a modern tech-based venture, with a unique business model, a strong technological framework, a product that fills a major gap in the market, and of course, a strong team. We are confident that the team will continue to enhance its product and build its USP, and emerge as one of the leading players in its domain.

Tapas Gupta – CEO of SparesHub, commented

Our mission is to create a whole new level of customer delight by leveraging technology. SparesHub is challenging the traditional methodologies and bringing in global best practices in the automobile parts supply chain and logistics domain.

We are truly grateful for the funding from Indian Angel Network and the faith they have shown in our business model, and we hope for a long and fruitful collaboration with the Network.

Indian Angel Network is Asia’s largest network of angel investors that invests in early-stage businesses, which have the potential to create disruption. The members of the network are leaders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem with strong operational experience as CEOs or a background of creating new and successful ventures. IAN goes beyond the normal, informal, local club structure of angel groups to a larger institutionalized model because of its nimble but robust, standardized, and transparent processes that allow it to scale across geographies and a large number of members.

HDFC Capital Advisors, the real estate-focused fund management arm of HDFC Ltd, and new-age developer Tribeca have announced a platform to develop premium mid-income housing projects in Mumbai and Delhi NCR.  The platform will invest Rs. 500 crore through a combination of debt and equity into projects that Tribeca will develop.

This platform will leverage Tribeca’s asset light model of acquiring projects from existing developers through ‘Joint Venture’ and ‘Development Management’ structures, and seeks to benefit from the consolidation underway in the Indian residential sector. 

HDFC Capital has already invested Rs. 135 crore towards the first project in this platform, a 1 million sqft. residential project in Gurugram, to be developed by Tribeca. This project will feature an innovative master plan consisting of 600 homes in low-rise and mid-rise blocks around a 4-acre central forest.

Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC said

Housing remains a crucial need in India and the demand for housing is expected to grow substantially with increased urbanization. HDFC’s endeavour is to participate in the huge opportunity of mid income and affordable housing in the country. We are committed to partnering with developers who are aligned with our vision and values.

We are happy to announce this investment with Tribeca, a new generation developer. This association will help address the demand-supply gap in affordable housing and will ensure that flexible financing is provided to quality developers.

Kalpesh Mehta, Founder of Tribeca Developers, said

We are excited to have HDFC’s support at this opportune time when India’s residential sector is witnessing significant consolidation. This partnership helps us materially scale up our business and gets us closer to our vision of building a product and customer centric residential brand.

Vipul Roongta, Managing Director and CEO of HDFC Capital Advisors, added

Tribeca is a new age developer that is bringing a fresh perspective to this industry. We are looking forward to back them to create what we believe will become a scalable platform.

Uncertainty is the only certain thing in today’s world! With an increase in the rate of critical- diseases like cancer and sky-touching cost of healthcare services, having a mediclaim insurance has become a need. The mediclaim policy protects the insured person from sudden financial loss due to hospitalization.

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Just like health insurance plans, selection of the health insurance company is crucial in order to avoid any future complication. Selections of an insurance company can be tricky as well as very uninteresting task. Certain factors related to the insurance companies that highly influence the overall experience of policyholders. Here are tips to choose the right health provider:

History of the Company

Start researching the history of medical insurance companies before deciding the right health insurance provider. Consider their active years in the insurance market along with their mission, vision and values.

Legal Recognition

Choosing an insurance company that is accredited by the government is always good because such recognized companies do ethical business by following the rules and regulation made by the government.

The Financial State

Most of the insurance companies work with independent rating and analysis agencies. These agencies review the financial strength of the insurance companies by reviewing their assets and market research. According to their analysis, rating agencies score to the insurance companies and their products. A higher score indicates that the particular insurer is doing financially able to settle the claims.

Speciality

There are many insurance companies providing most types of insurances like a vehicle, health and so on. However, insurance companies are specialists of individual insurances. Check whether a particular company is a specialist in providing health insurances.

Coverage

Select the health insurance or mediclaim policy that provides coverage for all needs.

Premium

The premium for health insurances helps a lot in selecting the insurer. Premium is the amount paid by the purchaser to buy a mediclaim policy. Lower premiums do look attractive, but their coverage can be lower than need. The premium should be cost-effective in comparison with similar insurance companies.

Deductible

The amount policy-holder pays after filing a claim is deductible. Companies offering health insurance policies with low deductible generally ask for a higher premium and vice versa.

Facilities provided by insurance provider

Check whether the health insurance company provides facilities like cashless payment, online claim reporting, etc. These facilities are extremely helpful at the time of hospitalization as the entire intention behind buying health insurance is to reduce the burden of cash management at the time of hospitalization.

Claim Settlement Ratio

Every insurance company has its own rules and regulation to settle claims, which are described in the policy document. As per those, they settle every claim filed which eventually determines the claim settlement ratio. In simple words, claim settlement ratio is the total number of claims made divided by the total number of claims settled. Higher claim settlement percentage are good, as they mean that the company settles maximum claims made.

Discounts

Some insurance companies give special discounts on the premium of health insurances to the people living healthy lifestyles like non-smokers and non-alcohol consumers.

The health insurance or mediclaim policy is like a shield that guards the buyer and his family against financial losses. Nobody wants to feel alone at the time of a medical emergency. The health insurance provider is the one that helps to deal with the difficult times of medical emergencies. But choosing the insurer that does not provide sufficient coverage could be problematic. Thus, considering the above factors while choosing health insurance provider is a wise choice.

CropIn, a SaaS-based AgTech company, has made it to the list of THRIVE Top 50 Companies 2019 in recognition of its scalable and disruptive agtech solutions. The full-stack agtech company has expanded across Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe, and is generating more than 50% of its current revenue from its international markets.

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Listed among the top 50 companies this year, CropIn would be showcasing its technology at the annual THRIVE Innovation Summit scheduled to be held on 27th March 2019 at Santa Clara, Silicon Valley. Beth Ford, CEO Land O’lakes and other top leaders and investors in the AgTech and FoodTech space would be participating in the event. The summit is a platform for innovative organizations to engage with leaders of Fortune 500 food and agriculture corporations scouting for the latest disruptive technologies.

Commenting on the development, Krishna Kumar, CEO, CropIn, said

We are thrilled to be recognized as an innovative player in the agtech domain. The ranking corroborates the enterprise readiness and scalability of our platform, and encourages us to build more ground-breaking innovations for the agricultural sector.

CropIn has been actively doing some high impact work with a very diverse set of clientele and partners globally with the ultimate goal of making farming sustainable. So far, CropIn has digitized over 5 million acres of farmland and enriched the lives of nearly 2.1 million farmers, while managing 3,500 crop varieties across 30 countries.

CropIn has raised investments amounting to a total of $12 million till date, including Series A funding for an undisclosed amount from Singapore-based BeeNext in 2016 and $8 million in a Series B funding round from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Strategic Investment Fund [SIF] and Chiratae Ventures [formerly IDG Ventures] in 2018. The current institutional investment partners of CropIn are Ankur Capital, BEENEXT, BSP Fund LLC, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation SIF and Chiratae Ventures.

CropIn won the ‘Best Innovation in Digital Farming Technology’ at Agrow Awards in London for its flagship product, ‘SmartFarm’. A case study on SmartFarm is also published by IVEY for classroom training of management students. ‘SmartRisk’ was the winner at the ‘HDFC Bank Digital Innovation Summit’, for its capabilities that will make agri-lending and agri-insurance processes more data-driven.

About Thrive 50

The THRIVE Top 50 Innovation Showcase and report spotlights fifty growth stage companies from around the world pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology in agriculture. THRIVE Top 50 is part of SVG Partners’ corporate innovation program, which connects major corporate brands like Coca-Cola, Corteva, Trimble, Land O’Lakes, Wells Fargo, Heidenhain, EY, Forbes, National Pork Board, Driscoll’s Berries, Taylor Farms, and others with promising growth stage companies for custom pilots and partnerships. Top 50 startups are scouted for exemplary leadership, technology, and traction, and selected based on alignments with specific organizational criteria and industry pain points outlined by corporate partners. For more information, please visit THRIVE Top 50 Innovation Showcase.

Hinduja Global Solutions [HGS], in collaboration with NASSCOM Foundation, has launched a Center of Excellence [CoE] for training Persons with Disabilities [PwDs] in Bengaluru. The CoE will train a minimum of 100 PwDs, making them industry ready over the next 12 months, with a target of placing at least 50% of them in companies already sensitized for hiring them. This is the partnership’s third center after setting up one each in Noida and Delhi.As part of the training program, these 100 trainees will be skilled in a variety of job roles suitable for Hospitality, IT/BPM and Retail industries. They will also be trained on soft skills, interview skills, communication skills, English language etc. Efforts have been made to ensure that the center is accessible not just in terms of barrier-free access but also uses assistive technologies and follows the principles of Universal design. The training will be conducted using the best assistive technologies and training methodologies.

Speaking on the occasion, Partha DeSarkar, Global CEO, HGS said

The PwD community in India is a highly talented workforce, who unfortunately might not always have had the right opportunities for growth. We believe that they can achieve amazing things if given the right training to make them job ready. Since 2017, the HGS-NASSCOM Foundation partnership has seen great success stories with the two CoEs in Noida and Delhi, where over 75 PwDs have gained jobs in various organizations and become financially independent. We aim to replicate this in Bangalore too.

HGS is supporting this cause as part of its CSR initiatives. V-shesh, the training partner for this initiative, has vast experience in conducting training programs for PwDs and others from marginalized backgrounds. NASSCOM Foundation will be the overall owner of the initiative, ensuring maximum impact.

Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation said

Even though Persons with Disabilities constitute a significant 5 to 6 % of India’s population, their need for meaningful employment remains unmet. By setting up CoEs for PwDs, NASSCOM Foundation in partnership with HGS, is working towards building skills for people with disabilities to become employable and financially independent.

The success of the Noida and Delhi centers is proof that, if equipped with the right skillset, the employability quotient for people with disabilities can be bettered. We are thankful to HGS for its continued support to skilling persons with disabilities and encourage more corporates to collaborate with us towards making PwDs job ready and raise the percentage of PwDs employed in the IT-BPM sector from 0.5% to at least 3%.

NASSCOM Foundation’s Disability Initiative encourages the inclusion of PwDs in the IT-BPM and other industries by sensitizing the sector about accessibility [barrier-free workplace and assistive technology] and employment. Disability Initiative helps companies inculcate inclusive best practices across – Physical Accessibility, Web Accessibility, Assistive Technologies and Employability. Since 2011, NASSCOM Foundation has worked towards Advocacy, Inclusion and promoting equal opportunities for persons with disabilities in the IT- BPM and ITeS.

Microsoft India partnered with The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs [MoHUA] to deploy Microsoft’s Project Sangam [cloud-hosted, mobile-first community learning platform] to train functionaries and officers across India on Swachh Bharat e-Learning Portal. Through this partnership, MoHUA has successfully trained 1,10,000+ municipal functionaries on best sanitation practices across 4000 plus cities in India.

Swachh Bharat Mission [SBM] is a nation-wide campaign in India that aims to clean up the streets, roads and infrastructure of India’s cities, towns, and rural areas. To successfully execute this campaign, MoHUA wanted to standardize, centralize, modernize, and establish systems for knowledge exchange and capacity development to train thousands municipal functionaries spread across cities in India.

Partnership with Microsoft to use the cloud powered Project Sangam, enabled delivery of large-scale, far-spread training programs with high quality and efficiency. The Sangam platform was designed to train municipal functionaries of state sanitation missions, city managers – engineers, administrators, field supervisors and sanitation workers with an aim to equip, assess, measure and accredit training of these officers.

Project Sangam empowered the Municipal functionaries by enabling MoHUA to run custom community training courses and track their process, manage content, users and analytics across the program in one place. It also provided video-based learning for users who have low-bandwidth supporting offline learning for the Swachh Bharat e-Learning Portal users.

Commenting on the partnership Shri V.K. Jindal, Joint Secretary & National Mission Director – SBM (U) said

The objective behind Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has been to improve urban sanitization by encouraging large scale participation and spreading awareness amongst all sections of society. This partnership with Microsoft has helped increase adoption of best practices and equipped the workers with the knowledge they need to perform their tasks much more efficiently. We are already witnessing the phenomenal success of this partnership and the technology support by Microsoft is integral to that.

Anil Bhansali, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & AI, Microsoft, said

As there are different states working towards a common mission of Swachh Bharat, there is a need for having standardized and centralized practices for cleanliness. Project Sangam is a perfect fit for training the municipal workers with skilling content that is simple and easy to consume, ensuring high course completion rates and increased attendance.

It has been designed to enable organizations to reach the length & breadth of their target audience. Irrespective of the end user, the Sangam portal provides an excellent opportunity for a continuous learning process. This is a great example of how innovative use of technology can be leveraged to empower organizations and individuals from all walks of life.

In the phase two of this Swachh Bharat e-learning mission, the Ministry will now roll out Citizen Training program with aim to train citizens of India on subjects like public toilets hygiene, waste management, household hygiene, sanitation practices. The citizen training app can be downloaded from here.