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Meet T-Hub’s National Winners of Global Mobile Competition, who will represent India in the Asia Pacific Challenge in 2017


Meet Hyderabad-based Hug Innovations and Gurgaon-based Fitso, winners of T-hub’s Global Mobile Challenge Nationals. They will now represent India at a larger Asia Pacific event in Singapore on the 20th January next year. This will be followed by the global event, the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona in February.

Founded in 2015 by Naman Sharma, Saurabh Aggarwal, Rahool Sureka, Fitso is a fitness based mobile app striving to help individuals achieve their fitness goal, be it running, weight loss/gain, bodyweight training. In January this year, the startup has raised $2,00,000 in an angel round from Jugnoo founder – Smamar Singla, Grofers Ex-CTO and CEO of Droom.

The brainchild of Raj Neravati, Hug Innovations, on the other hand, is a maker of gesture control enabled Hug Smartwatch which is capable of flying drones, navigating smart televisions, and controlling virtual reality-based applications through hand gestures.

The platforms of both the winning startups combine the power of wearable technology and health coaching services on the cloud. They get a sponsored ticket for the event to be held in Singapore, $500 worth of credits from Digital Ocean and a Smartron phone.

Meanwhile, Growfitter, a B2B SAAS based platform for Fitness centres and a B2C Fitness discovery portal enabling customers to book real-time sessions, stood second in the challenge and get the opportunity to participate in the Singapore finals. They too won a Smartron phone along with $500 worth of credits from Digital Ocean.

On the basis of relevance, effectiveness, innovation, ability to scale and go-to-market strategy, these teams emerged as the best among 10 teams that were judged by a panel of expert jury members comprising of Sreekanth, Hyderabad Angels, Rajeev Menon, Anthill Ventures, Srinivas Kollipara, Founder & COO, T-Hub and Sri Pedhu of Powerhouse Ventures.

Jay Krishnan, CEO, T-Hub says, “We are glad to have partnered with Anthill for The Global Mobile Challenge 2016 and are happy to announce Hug Innovations & Fitso as the winner. It’s a great opportunity for them to network at a global level, explore opportunities and achieve scalability. It was, undoubtedly, a tough competition and we saw great innovations from all the participants. The competition gets even tougher on the road to the finale at Barcelona and we hope Hug Innovations & Fitso succeed.”

The winning team will also receive training, education and access to an international network of mentors, angel investors, venture capitalists and industry leaders.