These 3 Startups just won $50,000 investment from Uber, and mentorship from top Uber executives, VCs in the Valley

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Uber will be investing US$50,000 in three startups - SeekSherpa, LeanAgri and Ambee. All three are the winners of UberPITCH, a competition to find some of the country’s most promising startups.

The three winners were finalised out of more than 5,000 applicants who submitted their ideas using their Uber app. 100 were shortlisted and subject to a grilling from expert investors, mentors and venture capitalists.

SeekSherpa, LeanAgri and Ambee which span e-commerce, agriculture and and health sectors emerged as winners.

Travis Kalanick, Uber’s co-founder and CEO, had met some of the entrepreneurs during his recent visit to India in December 2016, and had announced the planned investment of US$ 50,000 in the winning startups.

Here's all you want to know about the winners:

SeekSherpa
Industry: E-commerce
City: New Delhi
Founder and CEO: Sukhmani Singh

SeekSherpa is a digital platform for locals to market and sell unique experiences to travellers. SeekSherpa works with the city's locals such as chefs, historians, students, journalists, and photographers in curating interesting immersive and value adding experiences at reasonable price bands for inbound travellers and city dwellers via its tech platform.

LeanAgri
Industry: Agriculture
City: Chennai
Founder and CEO: Siddharth Dialani
LeanAgri aims to provide end-to-end solutions to farmers to increase their farm productivity. They target implementation of scientific farming techniques to drive agriculture industry towards profitability. Their current farming projects are delivering 300% increase in productivity.

Ambee
Industry: Health Tech
City: Hyderabad
Founder and CEO: Jaimon Jose
Ambee is a network of hospital and private ambulances on a single technology platform, enabling users to find the nearest ambulance to go to a destination of their choice.

They will be invited to San Francisco, where they will get advice and guidance from meet top Uber executives and other venture capitalists.

Amit Jain, President, Uber India, “We were overwhelmed by the response to UberPITCH, which underscored the depth and breadth of the smart ideas that Indian entrepreneurs are generating. All the companies showed a commitment to tackling some really hard problems."

He added - "Our leaders at HQ in San Francisco can’t wait to meet them and help them on the next stage of their journey. I would also like to wish all the participants the very best of luck as they continue to build their dreams.”
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