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    Start-ups by Indian entrepreneurs that went global

    Published on December 30, 2020

    A number of start-ups are launched across different segments every year in India. Thanks to these innumerable start-ups, we have the world at our fingertips. From ordering food and booking cab or hotel room to filing income tax return and getting our own app, everything can be done using our smartphones, that too instantly. However, not every start-up scripts a success story like a few. There are some start-ups that started their entrepreneurial journey in India and went on to defy geographical boundaries to redefine how business is done across the world. Here we take a look at three such Indian start-ups that went global and made India proud internationally.

    Oyo: The company that every Indian is aware of was started by a college dropout who used to sell SIM cards in a Naxal-infested town of Odisha. Ritesh Agarwal went on to become the world’s second youngest billionaire in 2020 with his venture Oyo Rooms. After taking the Indian hospitality industry by storm, especially in the budget segment, the company now claims to be the world’s fastest growing chain of hotels and homes, currently functioning in 80 countries, including UK, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, China, Japan, The Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.

    Ola: Founded by two young entrepreneurs Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, Ola cabs is an online cab aggregator service that most urban Indians have availed at some point or the other. Last year, the company had claimed to have a network of 15 lakh drivers across the country. In 2018, the company went global by launching its service in Australia. Within a few months, Ola was competing with American giant Uber in markets such as Australia, New Zealand and UK. Ola’s immediate plans include extending its presence across 33 cities in these countries. Factors that contribute to Ola’s success include competitive pricing and safety-tech innovations. Reports suggest that Ola is set to start operating in London soon.

    Appy Pie: Search for ‘best no code app builder’ on Google and almost every genuine list you get would have the name of Appy Pie at the top. The founder of this world’s leading cloud-based no-code app builder is Abhinav Girdhar, an Indian. This start-up was founded in 2015 with the aim of empowering businesses across scales and sizes by letting them get their own apps, chatbots etc in as easy a manner as ordering a pie. Headquartered in India’s Noida, the company currently has offices across several other global regions, including US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Brazil, Hong Kong, Portugal and Italy.