Lithium-rich Bolivia is vying for Indian investment for extracting the soft silver metal used to manufacture batteries of solar energy systems and electric vehicles, among other applications. “Lithium is the next oil,” says Sergio Dario Arispe Barrientos, Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to India, in a no-holds-barred interview with SEL. He outlines how
Balvir Singh, a small but long time and reputed building materials trader from Noida, could not avail a loan from the bank as the financial institution does not lend monies against properties in the area. On a suggestion, he approached Prest Loans, a New Delhi-based financial technology (Fintech) non-banking financial company (NBFC). To his surprise,
Bengaluru-based online home services marketplace HouseJoy is transforming the service landscape of many building categories such as plumbing, paint, hardware, furniture & fittings, and electrical appliances. The startup is emerging as a service arm of an increasing number of homegrown and global brands in India, by bringing ‘skilled professionals’ to the doorsteps of customers with
Circa year 2000 – green building concept was alien not only to the masses, but to many seasoned architects and designers as well – including Ashish Rakheja, who by then had already gathered eight years of experience in building engineering and design consulting. Today, the IITian of Thermal Management is spearheading the green building movement
Deepak Solanki has been passionate about wireless technology since his engineering days more than a decade ago. He followed his interest by designing a radio receiver and becoming the first in his hometown Jind to get a HAM radio license. He turned his passion into a profession when he launched his startup Velmenni in 2012.
Fast moving electrical goods major Havells India Ltd (HIL) wants to be counted among the top three water heater players within next six years, in a Rs 1,300-1,500 crore market that’s growing 12% annually. And it has tasked Standard, its rechristened consumer electrical youth brand with the job of enamouring the vast untapped youth segment.
Cash-strapped small and medium businesses can bank upon swift and stress-free services of fintech firms. Fintech, portmanteau of Financial Technology, has emerged as the best lending buddy for small and medium businesses (SMBs). This new breed of lenders has come to be seen as agile, innovative and precise in dealing with a range of complex
New kid on the block iBahn Illumination Pvt Ltd wants to disrupt the country’s rapidly-emerging LED lighting market. The startup believes that it can add value to discerning customers’ lifestyles by helping them take control of the lighting – changing the intensity and colours of LED lamps and downlighters – through the smartphone, thereby setting the
Through an online platform that connects small enterprise with organised lenders, Gurugram-based fintech (financial technology) startup Indifi Technologies Pvt Ltd is easing the pain of securing credit from traditional banking and non-banking institutions. “Small businesses have entrepreneurial zeal to succeed but often lack access to financing. They are largely unorganised, which makes it difficult for
Soon light bulbs won’t just illuminate, they will also transmit Internet data more securely and safely at speeds faster than Wi-Fi. German engineer Professor Harald Haas, who pioneered this technology, had demonstrated it via live video at TEDGlobal talk in July 2011, when he also coined the term Li-Fi (Light Fidelity). The following year, Haas,