Google will bring its startup mentorship programme Launchpad to India in November. This is a testimony of the start up ecosystem in India & the thriving business opportunities for start ups. Company has identified 10 start ups as part of the launchpad & will be held in Bangalore between Nov 3 to 7. This will help start ups build at scale & Google is planning to do it on a monthly basis in a year or two from now.
CoSight, iReff Technologies, Smart Pocket & others are some of the part of the start-ups. Launchpad started in Israel and several such programs have been held around the world. Several big IT companies are providing start up programs in India & this has helped start ups to get the necessary technical & entrepreneurial support to scale up their operations.
This is a part of the #LikeAGirl campaign by Always, the feminine hygiene brand by P&G. Directed by Lauren Greenfield, girls everywhere keep their confidence & #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing. Take a stand and show young girls everywhere that doing things #LikeAGirl should never be used as an insult – that it means being strong, talented, and downright amazing.
Walmart India has launched Best Price Modern Wholesale in India. This is a B2B ecommerce format operated by Walmart India Pvt ltd. This venture would help Walmart provide thousands of items at the lowest prices. This is targeted at resellers, offices, hotels & others. The products include dairy, vegetables, electronics & others. This is curently available in Lucknow & Hyderabad.
Walmart would source these items locally from manufactures keeping the cost minimum. Walmart India currently operates 20 Best Price Modern Wholesale stores in 9 states across India & the first wholesale Cash and Carry store was opened in Amritsar in May 2009. Ordering online, door-step delivery within 24 hours and various payment solutions are available.
Banks are embracing digital technologies & social media to cater to the Gen Y generation. Recently Kotak Mahindra bank launched Kotak social banking where one can open an account through Facebook & also conduct future transactions using twitter. Now SBI has launched SBI INTOUCH, which are digital branches, located in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, bangalore & other cities. SBI in association with Accenture has launched these branches. Right from opening an account, debit cards, loans, MF’s & other banking services are available. These branches will function from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week. The New Delhi branch was recently inaugurated by FM Arun Jaitley.