VivaTech, one of the world’s major startup conferences, announced India as the “Country of the year” for 2022 and several Indian entrepreneurs joined the event last week in Paris. In this article, we have a look at the most interesting sustainable Indian startups from VivaTech.
India’s startup ecosystem is the third-largest in the world, just behind USA and China. India is home to over 100 Unicorns – 14 of these only in 2022 – hundreds of thousands of startups, entrepreneurs, and innovators.
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, attended VivaTech last year and paved the way for the recognition of the Indian startup community at the event. He delivered an important speech about the role startups could play in fighting climate change and the other key issues the world is facing right now.
The cleantech and sustainability sector is well represented by Indian startups, but what are the best Indian sustainable startups from VivaTech? This is our selection.
5 Indian Sustainable Startups from VivaTech
Our list of the best Indian Sustainable Startups from VivaTech has to start with Bon V aerospace. Bon V is a company producing VTOLs designed for cargo and – in the future – for human transporting. Bon V is looking to provide a sustainable and technologically advanced way of transporting goods across remote places and it does so by using electric-powered engines and using Artificial Intelligence for autonomous flying. In the future, these same VTOLs could be used for emergency medical evacuation or other similar needs.
Log9 Materials is another Indian Sustainable startup that was at VivaTech. This battery technologies company has been backed by investors such as Sequoia and Exfinity Ventures as well as energy industry leaders like Petronas. This startup has made several breakthrough innovations and last April opened its first factory to produce its RapidX battery packs in India. RapidX battery packs are able to deliver faster charging times, better performance, and longer battery life compared to their competitors. Being able to produce batteries locally will be crucial for India to increase the number of electric vehicles on its roads and reduce the country’s emissions.
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Plastic is a serious problem for the environment, but if recycled it could become an interesting business while also not further harming our world. It is within this framework that Recity, a waste management company, works. This startup not only has invented tools that allow users to track and trace the origin of their recycled packaging, so they know exactly where that recycled material comes from, but it has also created a platform where brands can meet with the local regulatory authorities. On this online space, brands can show how they are complying with local regulations on waste management and recycling. Recity already works in twelve cities across seven states and its platform helps local governments promote a circular economy.
Zunpulse is an Indian startup looking to convert all the rooftops in the country into solar energy plants – the Zun Roofs. Once the population has access to clean energy production Zun Pulse is also able to provide tools to convert homes into smart homes with energy-saving and efficient products. From solar panels to energy-saving light bulbs, from voice-controlled electric switches to smart water purifiers, everything is available in Zun Pulse store online.
There are currently one billion people around the world that don’t have a proper place to live, 3D printing applied to the construction industry could provide them with affordable housing solutions. This is the sector where Tvasta works: homes built with Tvasta technology are cheaper and faster to build compared to regular homes. The labor cost drops down to one-fifth compared to a regular home. It also takes less than a week to “print” these homes producing a third of the waste compared to a construction site of the same size. Could Tvasta provide the perfect housing solutions for the 600 million Indians that are looking to relocate into urban areas in the next decade?
Addressing VivaTech last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up the Indian Startup community to work to try to solve some of the most pressing issues our planet is facing right now. From our list of Indian Sustainable Startups that attended VivaTech, we can say that the country is on the right track to becoming the world leader for sustainable startup unicorns very soon.
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here by Impakter.com columnists are their own, not those of Impakter.com –In the Featured Photo: VivaTech, Paris. Photo credit: VivaTech.