Bengaluru-based IamHere, the AI-based hyperlocal social network wins the Elevate award for 2019. Elevate is a first-of-its-kind programme for startups conducted by the Government of Karnataka and selected start-ups get support from the Govt in the form of grants, mentorship and pilot opportunities for Govt projects.
IamHere is a hyperlocal social network to discover and connect with hobbyists, professionals, causes and events in your neighbourhood. With over 50K users in Bengaluru, the IamHere app has helped people form cricket teams, lounges find guitarists and singers, art lovers connect with artists, small businesses hire sales executives, NGOs get volunteers; people have even formed start-ups through the app.
At the event, Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT, S&T, Govt of Karnataka said, “Over the last few years, the State of Karnataka has emerged as the Start-up Capital of India. As part of the programme, we not only provide funding support, but also provide mentorship, idea validation, and market access.”
Talking about the award, Naren Kumar, Co-Founder & CEO of IamHere said, “While we are helping nearby hobbyists connect with each other, the real social impact comes when we are able to touch the lives of people at the bottom of the pyramid. In our efforts to build a brokerless, borderless neighbourhood marketplace, we have started aggregating farmers, artists and other professionals on to our platform. We are committed to creating social impact through technology and the Elevate award takes us one step closer to realising this larger dream.”