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Yuvi: The cricketer-come-backer of 10 startups

He’s had his ups and downs after battling cancer in 2012. But the hero of India’s triumph in the 2011 Cricket World Cup is back with a bang. Meet Yuvraj Singh – once again – the superstar of Indian cricket, cancer survivor and VC to several Indian startups.Yuvi has another passion – YouWeCan Ventures, which he launched last year with former Pricewaterhouse Coopers financial consultant Nishanth Singhal as co-founder. And his strike rate as an investor so far has been almost on par with his exploits on the field. Within a year of its launch last April, YouWeCan has built up a portfolio of 10 startups – that’s one startup a month on average.It’s the third C in his life, after cricket and cancer…we mean the C in VC.So, who does Yuvi the VC like to bat for? Here’s a quick rundown of the 10 startups he’s backed.

#1 Vyomo

Industry Sector: Beauty salon at doorstepFounded in: 2000 (Bengaluru)Founder(s): Abhinav KhareTeam strength: 20 membersEstimated Revenue: $1 MVyomo is a mobile app that connects consumers with the best stylists in town at their convenience. Stylists, salons and spa owners can accept multiple bookings, round the clock, and manage their clients using Vyomo.Vyomo, an aggregator of beauty salon doorstep services funded by cricketer Yuvraj Singh, will become a part of Naturals with the nation’s largest salon chain investing ₹ 100 crore for a controlling stake. This deal, the first where a brick-and-mortar salon chain is collaborating with an app-based beauty services aggregator, will give Naturals an entry into the on-demand beauty services space. Vyomo, which will be renamed [email protected] Home, will get access to a large pool of stylists and wider reach.Vyomo had raised an undisclosed amount in seed funds from Yuvraj Singh’s VC fund YouWeCan Ventures and Taxi for Sure founder Aprameya Radhakrishna. Vyomo, the Bengalurubased tech-enabled hyperlocal startup, has a presence in five cities. Post the deal, it plans to extend its reach to 80 cities over six months, capitalising on the operational strength of Naturals.

#2 Moovo

Industry Sector: Cargo logisticsFounded in: December 2014 (Delhi)Founder(s): Abhishek Anand and Anjani KumarTeam strength: 15Value worth: $3.8 MMoovo is a startup by a team of IITians simplifying the complex business of cargo logistics down to the point of just pressing a button on its mobile app and hailing a truck: ‘Button Dabao, Truck Bulao!’. Moovo connects mini-truck drivers and users through technology to provide a convenient and efficient freight service.Moovo aggregator mini-trucks such as: Tata Ace, Mahindra Champion, Tata 407, Eicher 14 feet, 17 feet and 19 feet trucks. Currently the minitruck market suffers from inefficient and lower capacity utilization, with the drivers sometimes not getting freight for days. This has affected the profitability of the mini-truck drivers and owners. . By providing access to large pool of customers, Moovo is ensuring lesser idle time for drivers onboard, and thus boosting their income.

#3 Healthians

Industry Sector: HealthcareFounded in: November 2014 (Haryana)Founder(s): Deepak Sahni and Anuj MittalTeam strength: 2Value worth: $4.4 MHealthians is a startup that aggregates diagnostic labs, crowd sourced sample collectors, and nearby doctors to help users access affordable healthcare. It also makes patients’ medical records available online.Healthians.com is India’s largest health test at home service, creating a new benchmark for very high quality and honest prices.Healthians employs state of art 46 touchpoints technology for assuring quality collection and testing across its tightly controlled network of labs and hundreds of full-time phlebotomists. Coolsure and Blackcode technology ensure sample transportation in an environment proof way- safe from heat, sunlight, contamination and human error. Smartprick technology ensures minimum pain by precision laser guided blood collection.

#4 EduKart

EduKart is India’s leading education marketplace, offering education seekers a platform to choose and enrol from 2500+ courses in degree, diploma, certificate, entrance coaching and K12 categories. EduKart provides transparent fee structures on all the courses listed on the marketplace.EduKart has developed a strong admissions counselling process through which it assists the potential student over telephone and chat, influences the student’s choice of institution selection, helps the student to enrol for the course and collect the fees on behalf of the course provider.Once a student enrols through Edukart, he/she gets online and offline academic content provided by the course providers. Further, Edukart provides value additions to enhance the student’s experience like career services, networking & “expert webinars”.

#5 JetSetGo

Industry Sector: Air transport and communicationFounded in: 2013 (Bengaluru)Founder(s): Kanika TekriwalTeam strength: UndisclosedValue worth: UndisclosedJetSetGo is an online marketplace for private jet and helicopter charter flights. It allows users to request aircrafts and helicopters across India, and receive quotes from operators. JetSetGo has launched an app that allows business travelers to book seats on corporate jets, thus eliminating hassles for booking seats on commercial flights at the last minute.The business jets would fly between the main cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bengaluru. Corporate jets, owned by companies and individuals have been hired to provide the exclusive service, with seats costing between ₹ 8000 and ₹ 10,000.According to JetSetGo, the business model appears to be viable for now, and on Thursday, a one-way ticket on one such jet between Mumbai and Delhi cost ₹ 4500, which does not differ significantly than the price of tickets for an ordinary commercial flight ticket. Higher demand brings down the prices, according to Kanika Tekriwal, who serves as the CEO of what essentially appears to be a private jet concierge service.

#6 Cartisan

Industry Sector: Auto equipmentFounded in: June 2015 (Bengaluru)Founder(s): Venkat Sreeram, Sharath Murthy and Pete BulleyTeam strength: 20Value worth: less than $1MVehicle maintenance is often a gamble. Authorized service centres aren’t always the first choice after the free services are done with, and people often choose their neighbourhood garage instead. Unofficial service providers i.e. service centres that do not run a manufacturer authorized operation, occupy a large space in the market. In order to organize the vehicle service sector altogether and to bring in better transparency, a group of entrepreneurs have started Cartisan.Cartisan is a marketplace that caters to all the vehicle service related requirements such as car cleaning and detailing, regular maintenance, running repairs, and breakdown services.Once the service provider has been chosen, the user can make an appointment. The request is then sent to the service provider on the Cartisan partner’s app. The service provider can then either confirm the appointment or suggest an alternative time. A confirmation of the same is directly sent by the service provider, to the customer. Notifications are also sent when the work on the vehicle has been started / finished, and when the vehicle has been returned to the owner.

#7 Sports365

Industry Sector: E-tailer sportsFounded in: 2012 (Bengaluru)Founder(s): Chandra SekharTeam strength: 100+Value worth: $19 MSports365 is an online sports and fitness company which aims to be a one-stop shop for all sports equipment and merchandise needs. Sports365 provides one stop solutions for the sporting requirements of institutions like Premier sporting teams, Clubs & Academies, Schools & Colleges, Corporates and many more. Some of the services offered to institutions include sports goods, sports merchandise design, development and distribution, sports infrastructure, events and consulting.It is jointly promoted by Yuvraj Singh and Tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi. Sports365 partners with leading sports & fitness brands within and outside India to help them harness the true potential of Indian markets. Some of the strategic brand partners for Sports365 include likes of Hero Cycles, Wimbledon, Victor, Mizuno, V22, Lumo and more.

#8 SportyBeans

Industry Sector: Sports and recreational servicesFounded in: 2010 (Pune)Founder(s): Karan SareenTeam strength: 35Value worth: $11MSportyBeans is a multi-sport program for pre-schoolers, aged 1.5 to 8 years. Their sport and fitness activities teach pre-schoolers the fundamentals of 9 different ball sports – soccer, baseball, hockey, volleyball, basketball, cricket, golf, rugby and tennis.SportyBeans seeks to promote a healthy lifestyle, develop a lifelong passion for physical activity and sport. They not only teach the sport but try to make the child’s first introduction to sport exciting and memorable. They aim about giving children, through sport, a solid foundation from which to develop many aspects of their lives. As well as physical improvements, they carefully develop life skills, such as confidence, concentration, social interaction, sportsmanship values and many more, in a caring and fun environment.

#9 Black White Orange Brands

Industry Sector: LogisticsFounded in: 2015 (Mumbai)Founder(s): Bhavik VoraTeam strength: UndisclosedValue worth: $302KBlack White Orange Brands is a Mumbaibased brand licensing startup. It provides merchandising solutions and offer services in retail, distribution, syndication, brand consulting and creative solutions, both within India and overseas. Additionally, Black White Orange will also look at generating new revenue streams and creating brand loyalty strategies.HBO has announced Black White Orange Brands Pvt Ltd. as its official licensing and merchandising agent in India for ‘Game of Thrones’. This partnership of HBO with Black White Orange throws open exciting opportunities for HBO to build on the worldwide ‘Game of Thrones’ fanbase by developing officially licensed products for its followers in India.

#10 Carl’s Jr

Industry Sector: FoodFounded in: August 2015 (Delhi) Originally in 1966Founder(s): Carl KarcherTeam strength: 20,200Value worth: $1.280BCarl’s Jr chain has 3,500 licensed and company-owned restaurants across 36 countries. The Californian burger brand has opened its first shop in Delhi, India in 2015. It introduced a specially designed menu dedicated to the Indian palate along with unique offerings such as beer on tap and an all-you-can-drink soft beverages bar.The brand is being brought to India by Cybiz Bright Star Restaurants Pvt Ltd, owned by Gurgaon-based Cybiz Corp, through a master franchise agreement with CKE Restaurants Holdings, parent company of Carl’s Jr. The burger joint is expected to launch a minimum of 100 restaurants in India over the next 10 years.

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