Qyura, from the Spanish word ‘Cure’ aims to educate users on and about the available healthcare solutions around them, enabling them to make informed decisions in case of any medical requirement. Unlike any other e-healthcare providers in the market, Qyura is not just about doctor bookings or medicine delivery, but covers nearly every aspect of healthcare ranging from getting an X-ray done from the nearest diagnostic centre to calling for an ambulance in case of an emergency. Qyura is also the first and only provider in the category which networks hospitals and enables the users to make the right choice.

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It is a platform that is designed to enhance revenues, reputation and operational efficiency as well as reduce expenditure for the healthcare service providers. The mobile application has been launched in three cities – Kolkata, Mumbai and Bengaluru. Users can also avail all the services offered by Qyura through the website.

In a span of 60 days, Qyura has been successful in partnering with 2000+ medical service providers and boasts of names like SRL, Manipal Hospital, Apollo Spectra Hospitals amongst others.

Additionally, to expand fast and penetrate multiple markets quickly, Qyura will be entering into a Franchisee model. It will support its franchisees by offering them 360° marketing, tech and operational support. The emphasis would be on the philosophy of building up entrepreneurship and corporations through their designed network infused with the company culture.

Commenting on the launch, Siddhant Jatia, Founder & Director, Qyura said

Healthcare in India is still a severely unorganised sector. Patients are subjected to indefinite queues, bad customer service, unequal pricing and most importantly, severe neglect in times of dire need. Moreover, critical information with regards to medical institutions, doctors, blood banks, emergency services – is fragmented, unclear and sometimes entirely unavailable.

Qyura aims to organize the medical sector to allow patients to make informed decisions by becoming both a discovery platform as well as an opinion generating medium. Be it preventive healthcare, a person’s day today medical requirement or assistance at the time of emergencies, Qyura is the go-to place for everyone.

The platform aims to offer booking assistance, reminders before appointments, letting the patient know if the doctor cancels and a gamut of impromptu calls-to-action which demonstrates the extra-mile to its users.

The company will also be launching a pharmacy module, where medicines will be delivered at the user’s doorstep.

About Qyura

The brand Qyura is owned by Medicraft Technologies Pvt. Ltd which is a completely self-funded. Promoted by the Jatia Business House in Kolkata, a group which has a century old legacy in business, it aims to revolutionize the e-health segment with both head and heart. The Jatia Group, under the young and energetic leadership of 24 year old Siddhant, has seen steady growth since his entry into the business at only 16 years of age and is currently diversifying its activities into the e-healthcare sphere by launching India’s first, one-of- its-kind 360° market aggregator.

Siddhant is a fourth generation entrepreneur from Kolkata with about 7 years of experience in business and marketing. He aims to bridge the gap between health and care through his latest venture. Qyura will be soon launched in cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur, Hyderabad and Indore to name a few. For more information, please visit Qyura

Kotak Mahindra Bank announced the launch of Kotak Now-India’s first truly digital account opening process on mobile. ‘Kotak Now’ is an end-to-end digital process where verification of KYC documents and signature is done via a video call with the bank. This is a complete end-to-end online account opening experience, without any need of physical interaction or bio-metric verification. The entire process is 100% paperless.

The account opening process is simple, and takes only a few minutes. Once the Kotak Now app is downloaded, the prospective customer can upload KYC documents (PAN card, and either Aadhar Card or Passport), and the image of the signature. Thereafter, on entering a few personal details, the Customer Relationship Number (CRN) and Account Number is generated. The app automatically selects a branch closest to the customer’s address for correspondence. The account is activated, after a video call with a bank executive.

‘Kotak Now’ is in sync with Honourable Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Digital India’. India is on the verge of a telecom transformation as 4G speed becomes a reality for the country’s average household. High speed data connectivity will also revolutionise banking transactions and open new vistas of innovation. While majority of banking transactions have already gone digital, ‘Kotak Now’ aims to completely digitise banking by offering paperless account opening via mobile.

Deepak Sharma, Chief Digital Officer, Kotak Mahindra Bank, said

About 50% of all transactions in the last few years have moved to digital channels like net banking and mobile banking. Additionally, most services are now being made available on-the-move to customers via these platforms. However, the account opening experience for Indian consumers was still a challenge, and has thus far required high level of manual effort from their end. ‘Kotak Now’ is in-line with our mobile first approach and is a path-breaking step in making banking truly digital.

Kotak has played a pioneer’s role in the digital banking space. ‘Kotak Now’ is yet another addition to Kotak’s long list of innovative digital initiatives. In March 2014, Kotak launched ‘Jifi’, the first-of-its-kind social bank account that combines the power of social media with conventional banking. It was also the first bank in the world to offer Hashtag Banking, whereby customers can bank via Twitter. This was followed by ‘Kaypay’ – the world’s first bank agnostic instant funds transfer platform using Facebook and Social Commerce, which integrates social media banking with e-commerce. In June 2015, Kotak launched ‘Kotak Bharat’, a multi-lingual mobile banking app which requires no internet connectivity.

‘Kotak Now’, developed with the patented technology of Germany-based WebID Solutions, reduces the time involved in opening a bank account and also ensures data security.

Currently, ‘Kotak Now’ enables customers to open a Jifi account through this process. Other savings account variants will be introduced in a phased manner. ‘Kotak Now’ can be downloaded from Google Play Store.

VeriSign, Inc, a global leader in domain names and internet security, announced that approximately 7.9 million domain name registrations were added to the internet in Q2 2016, bringing the total number of domain name registrations to approximately 334.6 million across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of June 30, 2016, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief.

The increase of approximately 7.9 million domain name registrations globally equates to a growth rate of 2.4 percent over the first quarter of 2016. Domain name registrations have grown by 38.2 million, or 12.9 percent, year over year.

The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the second quarter of 2016, reaching a combined total of approximately 143.2 million domain name registrations in the domain name base. This represents a 7.3 percent increase year over year. As of June 30, 2016, the .com domain name base equaled 127.5 million domain name registrations, while the .net domain name base equaled 15.8 million domain name registrations.

New .com and .net domain name registrations totalled 8.6 million during the second quarter of 2016. In the second quarter of 2015, new .com and .net domain name registrations totalled 8.7 million.

During the second quarter of 2016, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was approximately 130 billion queries per day across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of nearly 179 billion queries. Quarter over quarter, the daily average query load increased 4.9 percent and the peak decreased by 5.0 percent. Year over year, the daily average query load increased by 17.0 percent, and the peak decreased by 1.5 percent.

Verisign publishes the Domain Name Industry Brief to provide internet users throughout the world with statistical and analytical research and data on the domain name industry.

The second quarter 2016 Domain Name Industry Brief, as well as previous reports, can be obtained at Verisign.com/DNIB

About Verisign

Verisign, a global leader in domain names and internet security, enables internet navigation for many of the world’s most recognized domain names and provides protection for websites and enterprises around the world. Verisign’s Security Services include intelligence-driven Distributed Denial of Service Protection, iDefense Security Intelligence and Managed DNS. For more information, please visit Verisign

On-demand repair services & refurbishment company, Gadgetwood raises approximately USD 6 million in funding from Carpediem Capital, an India focused private equity fund, and its investors. Abhishek Sharman, Founder and Managing Director of Carpediem Capital will be joining the board of the company as part of the investment.
Founded in 2013, by three young entrepreneurs Jayant Jha, Ankit Saraf and Anmol Gupta, Gadgetwood offers the Indian consumer, reliable repair and support services for mobiles and tablets across all brands. The company also operates in the refurbished device sales markets.
Other value-added solutions offered by Gadgetwood include warranties and insurance to new smartphone buyers, and warranty management services to warranty selling companies. Gadgetwood has state-of-the-art repair facilities and its in-house repair capabilities allow the company to offer after-repair warranty on all successful repairs. The company repairs in excess of 10,000 devices every month and is an authorized service provider for a leading mobile manufacturer.
Speaking about the investment, Jayant Jha, Co-Founder & CEO, Gadgetwood, said
The team at Gadgetwood is committed to high levels of customer service and satisfaction. India is the second largest mobile market globally, having sold 100 million phones last year, thereby creating a significant opportunity to service these devices. By providing end-to-end solutions for the entire product life-cycle, we aim to become the Most Preferred & Trusted Service Provider to our customers, and a leader in the organized consumer electronics repair & refurbishment industry.
We plan to utilize this round of funding towards geographical expansion, creating a nationwide network for servicing mobile devices and selling refurbished products. We intend to establish a presence in 10 cities across the country over the next year, and broaden the scope of our repairs capabilities to include, laptops, wearable tech, LED TVs, etc.
We look forward to the support of Carpediem Capital, while building a credible service organisation providing best in class services for every mobile device in the country.
Commenting on the investment, Abhishek Sharman, Founder & Managing Director, Carpediem Capital said
The investment in Gadgetwood is very much in line with Carpediem’s philosophy to invest in emerging leaders in the organized services category.
The repairs & refurbishment market in India is highly fragmented and unorganised, and there is a significant opportunity for a company like Gadgetwood to create a scalable business servicing a large gap in the industry. Since their inception the company has strived to become the category leader in the markets in which it operates. Furthermore, we believe that the Gadetwood team is driven to provide every customer a fulfilling experience with the most personal device in the customer’s life.
Carpediem Capital’s earlier investments include Adinath Agro and Briyani Blues

Espark-Viridian, a joint venture between Viridian Ventures and Europe’s most dynamic business accelerator Entrepreneurial Spark, UK, is now accepting applications for the October 2016 Batch.

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Espark-Viridian : Build People who Build Businesses

Espark-Viridian is a business accelerator that aims at growing the Indian startup ecosystem by helping entrepreneurs transform their ideas into realizable and feasible businesses, through its 18 month programme. A tested model adopted from its parent accelerator, Entrepreneurial Spark, UK, has an amazing track record and so far, there is a success rate of 88% with more than 650+ Startups enabled* [Entrepreneurial Spark, UK figures].

In sync with the government’s growing support to the young entrepreneurs, around the country, Espark-Viridian has expanded its acceleration programme to Chandigarh and Mumbai with the launch of #StartSomething campaign.

Espark-Viridian : What’s in it for YOU, the entrepreneur

Through a national network of accelerator centers that follow a programme based approach to building entrepreneurs, Espark-Viridian will provide a comprehensive platform that includes infrastructure, access to seed capital and mentoring.

In the initial 45 days of the Programme, shortlisted startups would go through an Idea Validation and Market Feasibility phase. This phase would help them understand the ground-level impact of their idea. An Enabler would be assigned to each team. The Enabler keeps track of the progress of the startup and helps them shape their ideas into a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) or make it market ready. Successful entrepreneurs, Mentors and experts from the industry act as Mentors in the Programme. Shortlisted startups would get the necessary support in the Fund Raising Process so that they can take their startup to the next-level.

The Espark-Viridian has the following to offer for entrepreneurs:

  • Multi center and multi sector innovation environment
  • A large portfolio of mentors and passionate enablers
  • Opportunities to raise seed funding
  • Pool of service providers to smoothen daily processes
  • Access to global markets and networking opportunities
  • World class infrastructure and other amenities
  • Weekly workshops and events to enhance business skills

In the last one year of its entry into India, close to 25 startups have graduated from Espark-Viridian accelerator across sectors ranging from tech to farming, with a belief to not only build a business, but also the entrepreneur behind the business.

Espark-Viridian : Graduated Startups

Some of the startups graduated from their earlier batch are below

Startups Graduated from espark-viridian accelerator
Startups Graduated from the Espark-Viridian accelerator

Espark-Viridian : #StartSomething and How to apply

Espark-Viridian has key industry partners namely AWS Activate, Paytm, HeadStart, IAmWire, YourStory, and Kotak Mahindra Bank. The intake of early stage startups and entrepreneurs, for the first batch commencing this October is in process.

Along with inviting applications for the October 2016 batch for all the four centers (Mumbai, Delhi, Gandhinagar and Chandigarh), Espark-Viridian will also be hosting #SparkSessions in all the four cities, to meet aspiring startups and entrepreneurs.

You can follow Espark-Viridian on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.  To apply for the Programme, please visit ESpark-Viridian Application Page. If you want any more information or have any doubts about the Programme, please leave them in the comments section or email at himanshu.sheth@gmail.com