Seven Indian online startups will join Canada’s Ryerson University business incubator

Canada-based Ryerson University’s digital business incubator ‘The Ryerson Digital Media Zone’ has added seven Indian online start-ups to its roster of startups based at its downtown Toronto campus. The programme was opened in April 2010 and it hosts startups, as well as students and faculty at the university dabbling in entrepreneurship.

The seven ventures include That’sSoGloss, India’s first web’zine and community exclusively for and by young women aged 13 to 25, founded by Sharanya Haridas.

The second one being TravelNet, a mobile app and internet-based service that aims to reduce traffic congestion and increase the use of public transport and ride-sharing in India, founded by Celestine Preetham.

Then comes Siddharth Kumar Thakur founded ScanBox, which aims to help students transfer their paper-based notes and assignments onto eNotes by developing a scanning kiosk and web service. As an online study tool, this service features cloud-based storage, quick retrieval and multiple sharing options.

Co-Founded by Visweswaran Gowrisankaran, is a GPS Video Tour service in India that helps tourists get the most out of their travel experiences. By providing detailed visuals of the destination, combined with historical facts, consumers receive an engaging tour at their fingertips.

Zumbl, an upcoming social network for people to interact, engage and converse with one another without revealing their identities. Using Sentiment Mining, users create interactive avatars that become enhanced as interests and opinions are revealed. Zumbl is founded by Abhishek Gupta and Saurabh Kumar.

Alok Nikhil Jha and Ankur Khera co-founded TicketZone, an online portal where users can buy, sell and gift tickets and passes for movies and public events in India.

AskMePrice, an upcoming online search engine that allows consumers to compare prices instantly for a variety of everyday products for sale in India, founded by Avnish Gaur.

“Technological innovation knows no borders,” said Valerie Fox, executive director of the Digital Media Zone in a statement, adding, “IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, ISB Hyderabad and the Digital Media Zone have much in common: exceptional ideas and driven entrepreneurs. We’re pleased to host our first international fellows, expanding the DMZ’s scope and reach while learning from one another.”


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