How Indian Startups stepped up to help with medical supplies against COVID-19! 

The healthcare infrastructure in India faced its toughest challenge yet with the second wave of the pandemic. However, our determination remained undeterred in this adversity. Indian startups took the initiative to do their part and help in providing some relief to the distressed.   

In this part of Welcome Optimism, we take a look at how the leaders of the future came together in their capacity to help its people. These young companies and entrepreneurs protected the hope that there will be a better tomorrow.   

Today, in our humble acknowledgment of their efforts, we look at some of how Indian startups have helped our nation fight this war.   

1. By offering free consultations in exchange for COVID relief

Many top entrepreneurs and product managers have decided to share their valuable expertise with businesses in exchange for COVID funds. Himanshu Khanna of Sparklin digital agency determined to offer two-hour sessions on design and marketing solutions to anyone willing to donate Rs. 5000 for the COVID relief fund.   

Like Himanshu, many other leaders of Indian startups are giving consultations on resume building, user experience, product designing, and other advice. These young businesspeople have also shared verified leads of relief organizations taking the initiative in this war.   

2. Product Indian startups coming together providing verified links and resources

Multiple startups have built India Covid Resources, which offers verified social causes for you to donate to in this time. There are several options, ranging from medical kits for workers to food kit drives.   

The initiative also comes with an app of the same name that allows people to access the verified and listed emergency resources available according to location. Many startups have taken this initiative together to better support the health infrastructure in India.   

3. Gurgaon-based startups start Mission Oxygen

A group of startup founders named Gurgaon Entrepreneurs has launched Mission Oxygen to procure oxygen concentrators. It has raised INR 5 crores that it will use to source oxygen concentrators from China.   

The group has received donations from many young businesses around the country, including Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu. Companies like Truly Madly, Heart on My Sleeve, Hubhopper, Designhill, and Satvacart, among others, are also part of this initiative.   

4. Airlifting medical essentials

Delhi-based logistics company Delhivery has launched an airlifting initiative that will fly charters and drop essential medical supplies and oxygen concentrators to build capacity on-demand. Zomato, too has joined this initiative to help the health infrastructure in India deal with its ongoing demand.   

5. Prominent startups hold the fort  

In a bid to import 3000 oxygen concentrators, Paytm is looking to raise 10 CR. Online money lending platform CRED has also joined the drive and allowed users to donate CRED coins. They are looking to raise 1 billion liters of oxygen and have partnered with Milaap.   

We are sure there are many newer companies and Indian startups that have done their part in the fight against Covid. While we are unaware, our acknowledgment goes out to them as well.   

Our sincerest hope that these efforts of the country’s citizens bear fruit, and we are soon able to leave this crisis behind us.

Enjoyed reading this? Then we also suggest you head to International help for India is a message of global hope!


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