ET Startup Awards 2021: Nominees for Comeback Kid


This award celebrates failure and recognizes those who survived to tell the story. It is given to entrepreneurs who are building or starting a more successful business.

Niraj Singh
AND technology

Current company: Spinny

Founded in: 2015

Based in: Gurugram

Main Investors: Tiger Global Management, Sequoia Capital, Blume Ventures, Accel

What it does: Spinny is a platform for the used car trade. The company sources vehicles from both commercial chains and retailers and then provides a marketplace for customers looking for used vehicles. Sellers can schedule an inspection, while buyers can also browse online inventory and select a car of their choice.

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Manish TanejaAND technology


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Current company: purple

Founded in: 2011

Based in: Mumbai

Main Investors: Sequoia Capital, Artha India Ventures, Blume Ventures, IvyCap Ventures

What it does: Purple is an online store that sells cosmetics, fragrances, skin and hair care products. It provides an online platform for beauty brands to expand their reach. The platform also personalizes consumer beauty product discovery through a proprietary analytics engine that combines user data with a range of product portfolios.

Aprameya Radhakrishnan
Aprameya RadhakrishnanAND technology

Current company: Koo

Founded in: 2019

Based in: Bengaluru

Main Investors: Accel, 3one4 Capital, Dream Incubator, Mirae Asset, Kalaari Capital

What it does: Koo is a social media platform that enables users to connect, comment, and engage in local languages ​​such as Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, and Assamese. It enables users to express themselves through both audio and video. Users can also access events online in their native language.

Aloke Bajpai and Rajnish Kumar
IxigoAND technology

Current company: Ixigo

Founded in: 2006

Based in: Gurugram

Main Investors: Sequoia Capital, Elevation Capital, GIC, Trifecta Capital

What it does: Ixigo is an online travel search and planning website. It aggregates and compares offers for hotels, flights, buses, trains and travel packages. The startup reviews travel dates, itineraries, and information from hundreds of websites to provide reliable information. In addition, it operates a mobile and voice-based search medium for tourists.

Nischal Shetty
Nischal ShettyAND technology

Current company: WazirX

Founded in: 2018

Based in: Mumbai

Main investor: Binance

What it does: Running one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in India in terms of both volume and number of users, WazirX makes it easy to buy and sell various cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and others. It operates a peer-to-peer (P2P) trading platform that enables users to convert crypto assets to fiat currency in real time.


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