On March 24, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown that would continue for the next 14 days. Little did we know that it would spread over the next 2 and a half months, with most regions of India shutting down despite declining coronavirus cases. It was a while before the blockage eased. While sitting at home, people tried to cope with their losses and innovate to become self-reliant as a means of passing time. Little did they know that their little ideas could grow into big companies in a year.
Below are some of the new businesses that originate as a result of the 2020 shutdown.
Gradeazy is based in Surat and was established in 2020 to help schools and universities take online exams with ease. Since the concept of online transition was quite new at the time, the company founded by duo Dishant Gandhi and Alok Kumar helped institutes to take online exams for just Rs. 1. Digitization has been going on for quite a few years, but institutes have been paying almost Rs. 10-15 to take all exams, making it difficult to manage finances. With Gradeazy, all of these institutes can follow a simple process to meet your requirements.
The closure confined several people to their homes, without the possibility of leaving soon. Some others even lost their jobs, hampering their mental health and physical well-being. Through Felicity, Vaibhav and Pratika Khandelwal they aim to improve people’s lives by providing online mental counseling at affordable prices.
The lockdown saw an increase in nature’s healing process, with the removal of industry-driven vehicles and the pollution emitted as a result. At the same time, Greenhive seized the opportunity to add more to nature by designing sustainable products. Through eco-friendly paper, straws, brushes, and other essentials, the company run by Abhishek Deo and Gaurav Sarangi became an instant hit in Rourkela.
CustKart stands for custom products led by the duo Abhishek and Kundan Mishra. It was launched in June last year as a way to create jobs for the locals in Jharkhand and give back to the community. With CustKart, the brothers want to provide customizable merchandise such as hoodies, hats and t-shirts. Now, the company has a turnover of Rs. 50 lakhs and you want to expand as a standard merchant in India.
The close of last year saw a number of chefs and bakers working at home who came into the field. However, not everyone had a platform to sell their food varieties and make a profit on a large scale. It was then that Suryanshu Panda and Epari Pritam decided to create ChefJunction, which connects users with home chefs and bakers to enjoy a home cooked meal. This was done to promote the idea of #VocalforLocal and help people enjoy hygienic food at affordable costs.
Source: Your history