As the nation grapples with an oxygen disaster amid the next wave of the coronavirus pandemic, startups in India have stepped up to assist in procurement attempts.
On Saturday, logistics startup Delhivery’s co-founder Sahil Barua reported in a LinkedIn post: “We’re traveling charters into India with oxygen concentrators and other necessary provides and can make a lot more capacity on need. If you will need assist with logistics or desire to collaborate with us on this you should attain out to Vikas Kapoor or to me immediately ([email protected]).”
Shailendra Singh, controlling director at Sequoia Capital, tweeted earlier in the working day asking for sales opportunities on importing oxygen concentrators to India. By night, he tweeted, “thank you everyone, we bought a handful of dozen sales opportunities that we are pursuing now, like some wonderful referrals from our close friends in Sequoia China … gratitude”.
ACT Grants, an organisation started by 34 founders and company leaders and forty four mainstream money, like Accel, Kalaari Capital, Ankul Capital, LetsVenture, and Lightspeed, also stepped up its attempts. “We are raising >75 cr. money for: Dwelling health Management, Oxygen Alternatives, Supplement medical workforce. Pls stage ahead to help this struggle. Pls publish to me [email protected] or DM me to donate,” reported Tejeshwi Sharma, principal at Sequoia Capital, on Twitter.
Afterwards in the working day, a grouping of Gurgaon-centered startup founders launched ‘Mission Oxygen’ to import oxygen concentrators. The equipment concentrates oxygen from the ambient air and offer it to people. According to a assertion, the startup founders raised Rs four.sixty crore by way of crowdfunding system Ketto by Saturday night, and were being aiming to elevate a full of Rs 5 crore to fulfill the need of three,000 concentrators.
The team experienced by now procured five hundred concentrators from China which would be created accessible in hospitals by April 28 and one more five hundred were being envisioned to be ordered by Saturday night, they reported. To lead to the crowdfunding initiative, citizens could go to https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/mission-oxygen-serving to-hospitals-to-conserve-lives.
The fund raiser has viewed help coming from Bollywood famous people, like actor Taapsee Pannu, Abhishek Bachchan and Kunal Kapoor, among the other folks. The initiative has been led by Democracy Men and women Foundation and is being pushed by Snehil Khanor of TrulyMadly, Mansha Kaur of Coronary heart On My Sleeve, Hubhopper founder Gautam Raj Anand, Rahul Agarwal and Varun Agarwal of Designhill, Rahul Hari of Satvacart, Uday Anand of Mycrushfit, Gautam Ghai of Sourcefuse, Cuttlfish founder Shikher Gupta among the other folks.