Startup Roundup: bigCurious, Plovist, AssamKart, Edutring
Besides the startups we profiled in detail earlier, here are some that caught our attention. You can pick up secondhand books from bigCurious, buy up an artwork for your home from Plovist, read an Assamese ebook on AssamKart or find a course to learn from Edutring.
The portal, based out of Gurgaon, is an online bookstore where book-lovers can purchase second hand books. The store deals in secondhand books, rare books and books that were once published and are now out-of-print. The website intends to provide these books, both rare and contemporary, at reasonable prices. Usually we find it cheaper to buy second hand books rather than freshly printed ones. Old books have a charm of their own and the older the publishing date, the more priceless it becomes.
bigCurious currently does not offer Cash-on-Delivery, but plans to roll out this service in a few months along with a host of new features on their website. Currently, you can pay for your second hand books using Netbanking, credit or debit cards (CCavenue payment gateway). Also, a shipping fee of Rs.50 will be charged for all orders below Rs.300.
Plovist is a portal for artists, art lovers and art buyers to meet. The service intends to provide a platform to connect artists to art lovers and buyers. Artists can showcase their artwork and also exhibit their work offline. Art buyers also will have lot of artwork to choose from before purchasing.
You can sign up for a free gallery and upload images of your artwork onto the site, build a fan base and stand a chance to be a part of an offline art exhibition. Art buyers can browse through artworks and can buy originals. The website will feature one famous visual artist every month, who will act as an inspiration for the art lovers and help them in improving their artistic skills. The portal claims that artists will be able to communicate, collaborate and learn from artists from over 90 countries and 800 cities through the platform. You can also find out about the latest opportunities like workshops, internships, competitions, events and conferences and much more in the fields of visual arts from the website.
AssamKart is an ecommerce portal for Assamese ebooks, the site has a huge list of books already and intends to add hundreds more every month. You might have always wanted to read Assamese ebooks but unable to do so as they were not available widely. The portal has taken the initiative to offer you with the Assamese ebooks you always longed to read. The website claims that it is the first ever ebook store of the Eastern part of India and it is the first ever ebook store that carries Assamese ebooks. Currently you can read their Assamese ebooks on your Android mobile phone and Android Tablet using the AssamKart Android app.
This website acts as a comprehensive directory and helpline for education institutes from Delhi & the NCR region. The service has partnered with various pre-schools, primary schools, high schools, under graduate colleges, post graduate Colleges, animation institutes, and Institutes offering many other various vocational courses. The portal intends to be the one-stop for all education related enquiries of everyone, be it information about the institutions and its courses, its photographs, videos, other media, fee structures, location etc. The portal will showcase all data of member institutes in a bid to make the decision making process easier. The service also assists institutes in fulfilling their vacancies,and procuring materials like furniture, books, civil material etc. At large Edutring wants to be a comprehensive hub for education and want to serve as a link between member institutes and all stakeholders they require from time to time.