‘Success is making your business sustainable, exciting, and breaking boundaries’ – Shalini Biswajit, co-founder, Forum Art Gallery (yourstory.com)

  • In Part II of our photo essay on this art gallery in Chennai, we share curator insights on art as passion and profession.
  • PhotoSparks is a weekly feature from YourStory, with photographs that celebrate the spirit of creativity and innovation.
  • Founded in 1997 by artist Shalini Biswajit and cartoonist Biswajit Balasubramanian, Chennai’s Forum Art Gallery features a wide variety of paintings and sculptures (see Part I of our photo essay here).
  • Her husband Biswajit is a cartoonist whose work is widely exhibited in India.

Honda 2Wheelers India expands its global footprint ahead of 2020 (www.equitybulls.com)

  • Aggressively expanding its export focus, Honda 2Wheelers India’s cumulative exports have now surpassed the 2 million cumulative exports mark.
  • Honda 2Wheelers India started exports with Activa in its debut year of 2001 itself.
  • Growing its exports across regions, Honda 2Wheelers India is now exporting to 28 diverse markets across Asia-Oceania, Latin America, Middle East and Europe.
  • Honda’s diverse export portfolio has now expanded to include a total of 16 models.
  • Parallely, motorcycle exports too continue to grow double digit and contribute over half to Honda’s total exports.

How regulations are playing spoilsport for Indian startups – ET Retail (economictimes.indiatimes.com)

  • Ashish Gurnani and Aashray Thatai, cofunders of Postfold , a New Delhi-based online men’s apparel startup, are on a tear.
  • All of a sudden, companies and small startups that have been trying to carve our small niches are finding themselves caught up in a confounding maze of proposed laws and regulations.
  • On September 26, some 26,000 pharmacies in Bengaluru, India’s startup capital, downed their shutters to protest the rise of online competition and new regulation that did little to safeguard their old-world businesses.
  • Policy Environment Online pharma companies, on their part, worry that the new draft guidelines give state governments undue powers to cancel their licences.
  • While finding a defensible niche for your idea may be a good start, negotiating the regulatory maze is turning out to be a bigger challenge than many founders initially estimate.

All heart: how these healthcare startups are shaping the future of cardiology in India (yourstory.com)

  • Technology has become a key enabler in early detection and treatment of heart diseases with startups leveraging this platform to extend the reach of healthcare to the masses.
  • Efforts are being made towards early detection, reinforcement of health systems and preventive measures to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • In this scenario, technology has become the key enabler in the prevention and treatment of CVDs, especially in India, which also has low doctor to patient ratio and lesser number of hospitals in rural areas.
  • There are tools and platforms that enable health data collection for effective prevention and treatment.
  • Cardiotrack’s product was launched in September 2015 and its diagnostics sensors can function under extreme temperature, are dust ridden, and designed for humid environments.

This Org is helping Kids with Cancer get All the Nutrition they need – The Better India (www.thebetterindia.com)

  • An alumnus of the Indian School of Business (ISB), Purnota comes from a marketing background and had been pledging a part of her salary to the Tata Memorial Hospital for many years in the hope that it would fund the treatment of cancer-afflicted kids from low-income households.
  • After giving birth to her first child, Purnota was on maternity leave and was visiting the Tata Memorial Hospital to follow-up on how her donated money was being utilised, when she came across a sight that would forever change the course of her life, as well as that of thousands of kids across the country.
  • From providing fresh, nutritionally balanced, calorie-appropriate hot meals to every child visiting the hospital for treatment to giving monthly ration supplies to a family of 3 for a year to reduce treatment dropout, Cuddles is silently bringing forth a revolutionary model for cancer care, that organisations across the country could definitely learn from and implement in their framework.
  • Recently, Cuddles also launched a mid-day meal scheme for parents who spend hours making hospital rounds, as a giveback to the caregivers who usually forget that they need to take care of themselves, as well.
  • You may also like: This Awesome Initiative Is Giving Kids with Cancer All the Support They Need!

There are a thousand reasons to be at TechSparks, here are a few (yourstory.com)

  • We don’t need to tell you that TechSparks is the hottest platform for startups and the corporate world – you have seen that for eight editions (since 2010) already.
  • TechSparks has become the benchmark platform where startups, emerging business leaders, corporate executives, policy makers, investors, innovators, and media houses converge to discuss, debate and develop ideas and engagements that build and shape the technology, innovation and entrepreneurship narrative in India.
  • Dailyhunt will tell you why you, as a content company, need to find the Indian digital audiences and how to make it in this complex market.

[Weekly funding roundup] September closes with a bang: OYO raises $1B, 3 Series C rounds mop up $85M (yourstory.com)

  • Of these, four were Pre-Series A, one was Series A, and three were Series C.
  • The significant fund raises this week included hospitality startup OYO, which raised $1 billion at a valuation of a little less than $5 billion.
  • The deal, which was announced in August, marked Berkshire Hathaway’s foray in the Indian technology space.
  • Here is a quick look at the top fundraisers of this week:The top fundraisers Hotel chain OYO raises $1 billion to strengthen its global footprintGurugram-based OYO announced on Tuesday that it had raised $800 million led by SoftBank Investment Advisers (SBIA) through SoftBank Vision Fund, with participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sequoia and Greenoaks Capital.
  • Bengaluru-based Licious was founded in July 2015 by Abhay Hanjura and Vivek Gupta, and launched operations in October the same year.

A Decade of Commercial Space Travel—What’s Next? (singularityhub.com)

  • While scientists are busy developing new technologies that address the countless technical problems of space, there is another segment of researchers, including myself, studying the business angle and the operations issues facing this new industry.
  • In a recent paper, my colleague Christopher Tang and I investigate the questions firms need to answer in order to create a sustainable space industry and make it possible for humans to establish extraterrestrial bases, mine asteroids and extend space travel—all while governments play an increasingly smaller role in funding space enterprises.
  • Now, we’ve entered a new phase—openness—with private, commercial companies leading the way.
  • The uptick in orbital launches of actual rockets as well as spacecraft launches, which includes satellites and probes launched from space, coincides with this openness over the past decade.
  • As demonstrated by the recent Minerva-II-1 asteroid landing, people are acquiring the technical know-how to locate and navigate to these materials.
  • Already, companies like Planetary Resources, Moon Express, Deep Space Industries, and Asterank are organizing to address these opportunities.