The Chosen Ones

The Chosen Ones

July 14, 2015 by Anna O'Hare

It’s not too late to buy tickets to RISE

Today we give you the 37 companies we have chosen to exhibit as part of START at RISE. START is a global gathering of the highest potential and most disruptive leading startups from around the world. Many of those who’ve been part of START have gone on to change industries – Stripe, Nest, Uber, Vine to name but a few.

Chances are you’ve already heard of  some these great companies as they continue to shake up all kinds of industries.


nice allows users to add labels, stickers and screens to photos they share on social networks. It currently has close to 10 million registered users. Touted as “China’s Instagram”, nice has become the leading photo sharing app in mainland China. nice are on a mission to bring photos to life. Oh, and the app users are called nicers!



The exciting world of spontaneous travel is more accessible than ever before. One way people can experience the life-enriching experience of spur of the moment travel is through Asia-Pacific’s leading last-minute hotel booking app, HotelQuickly. Hotels  across 15 countries. HotelQuickly features deals from handpicked 3*- 5* hotels.



ChargeBee describe themselves as a band of markers, tinkerers and dreamers. An informal bunch that loves solving problems. Sounds like our kind of people. The founders have worked on various global SaaS products for years, so they set out to build a subscription billing platform that lets you bill, manage and understand your subscription based SaaS and eCommerce business easily. They’ve gained some media attention recently, our favourite being that they take the “sting” out of billing.

Branch Metrics

Deep linking and business analytics platform Branch Metrics offers developer tools essential for large and independent mobile application companies hungry for growth. Integrated by thousands of amazing partners like Ebay, Tripadvisor, Microsoft, and Instacart, and backed by NEA, Greylock Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Pejman Mar Ventures, and Ben Narasin, these guys are certainly Branching out fast


Peatix is a global event registration platform that provides organisers with the tools to create, promote, and sell out events. So far funding is at $9.6 million. Investors include Fidelity Growth Partners Japan and 500 Startups. This startup has served over 50,000 events so far since 2011. The beauty of the service is that it lets event organisers manage everything from a mobile even down to dispatching tickets to attendees.


Lybrate is an online and mobile-based platform that connects patients and doctors. Patients can search by specialty or location and then book appointments with verified doctors recommended by real patients. They recently announced a $1.23 million raise. Lybrate sits among a growing number of international book-a-doctor startups, including Eastern Europe’s DocPlanner, and the UK’s Zesty. These guys have an early lead in India, ahead of New York-based ZocDoc.


EduKart is India’s leading education marketplace, offering education seekers a platform to choose and enrol from 2,000+ courses. The total education sector of India is pegged over US $60 Billion. The company has attracted top talent from the likes of Google and Monster Inc to join the leadership team. In the next 3years, EduKart is looking to drive enrolment sales of over $100m for its course providers, by enrolling 100,000+ students annually. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.


Headquartered in Mumbai, Propstack aims to be the industry’s most professional, non-conflicting commercial real estate information provider in India. Propstack have managed to close a $3 million Series A and have been gaining lots of media attention recently. This round was led by Daily Mail, best known for its tabloid newspaper and news website. Its investment arm however has focused its money in India on data-based startups.


We’re stoked to welcome this crowd to RISE, as they joined us at Collision in May and were crowned winners of our PITCH competition there. Gigabot, re:3D’s flagship technology, is an industrial-strength 3D printing solution, 30 times bigger than desktop printers, and costing under $10,000. re:3D is led by robotics engineers from the labs of NASA and a repeat entrepreneur CEO. re:3D is committed to democratising human-scale 3D printing solutions using new materials such as recycled plastics.


Jugnoo are on a mission to make it easy to hail rickshaws on smartphones. Based in Chandigarh, they have been in the media lots this year after raising $5 Series A led by Snow Leopard. They have a pretty unique business model in that they’re tackling transport and on-demand delivery at the same time. Why? When the app launched they noticed that people were using it to hail rickshaws to pick up and deliver goods as well as for rides. Last month’s figures saw the company doing 3,000 orders on a daily basis. Not bad at all.









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About the Author

Anna O'Hare
Anna is a storyteller at heart and is particularly passionate about telling the stories of startups. After returning from a year working in New York City's tech sector, she now writes for Collision, Web Summit, RISE and SURGE.