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GoPllay is part of Breathe, a Pune-based startup in sports technology. It launched its platform to its users. In its pre-seed financing round, the company raised an undisclosed amount of money from 11 angel investors, including four women angels based in India. Google recently funded the company with US$ 100K in credits under its Google for Startups Cloud Programme. The new funds will be used primarily for team building, technology development for the app, and user acquisition. The app is now available in the Google Play Store and will soon be available in the IOS Store.

GoPllay, a verticalised social network for recreational athletes, allows them to connect, play, and engage anywhere. It can be used at-home, in offices, on rooftops, in backyards, offices, or at-home. Dhruv Sharma (IIM-Lucknow & Harvard Business School) alumnus, and Nishant Oberoi (University of Wales alumnus), co-founded the startup in April 2021.

Oberoi, who is one of the founders at GoPllay, says, “This is special because one of our goals is to promote more women active recreational sports and have women believe & invest into a sport-tech startup such as ours is a big step toward achieving this.”

GDG will host the 10th edition of “Devfest 2022” on December 11

Google Developer Group (GDG), a group of young technologists, is organizing the 10th edition “Devfest2022” in Pune at JW Marriot Senapati Bapat Road on Dec 11.

Mahaveer Muttha (organizer of Google Developer Group, Pune, and Devfest Pune), said that “The technical conference provides a great platform for young developers with a full day of conference talks and workshops with top industry professionals and top practitioners who are focusing on multiple technologies.”

Swapnil Jathar, co-organiser, stated that this year’s festival will feature more than 1,200 young entrepreneurs and techies.

Namrata More, WTM, Pune Ambassador said that the fest would also include a booth for projects and communities, a career fair – an opportunity to meet local developers who are part of Google Developer Groups, and a community lounge that will be a dedicated lounge for informal discussions that allow like-minded attendees to come together and discuss tools, topics, and technologies in a casual setting.

Pranoti Nandurkar, co-organiser, stated that the conference will focus on how product innovation and open source can help enterprises move forward and address the major problems that affect all of us. Devfest2022 will feature more than 45 industry professionals discussing more than 20 technologies on 3 tracks.

Droneacharya AI will open 12 training centers

DroneAcharya Aerial Innovations, Pune-based Droneacharya AI, announced plans to open 12 new training centers by March 2023. Since March 2022, the company has trained over 180 drone pilots.

Droneacharya AI also announced that the initial public offering of Droneacharya AI will open on December 13th and close on December 15th. The company’s shares will be listed on the BSE SME Exchange. The new funds will be used to buy and manufacture drones, sensors and processing infrastructure. Shankar Sharma and other prominent investors have taken a minority share in the company as part of the pre-IPO funding. Several angel investors have also invested in this company, including Jay Vishwanathan and VC Kartik.

Shankar Sharma stated that drones are widely used across the country for surveillance, delivery, and surveys. This segment is expected to grow in the future. The company has created a lot of value by being able to rapidly scale up operations and has a dynamic plan.

Marquardt Group launches global R&D centre at Hinjewadi

Marquardt India has opened its Hinjewadi global R&D center to meet the needs of local and global automotive customers. The new R&D facility was funded by more than 100 crore rupees. The R&D center is situated in Hinjewadi Phase 3 Pune. It covers approximately 300,000. The company also has R&D centers in India, Germany, Romania, China, and Romania.

Harald Marquardt is the chief executive officer of Marquardt Group’s management board. He stated, “India has been a very important market for the Marquardt Group and we have been hard at work to expand our presence there.” The investment in Talegaon’s state-of the-art plant will be complete by mid-2024. We will have production and electronics manufacturing facilities, as well as training rooms, and a nice restaurant for staff. We will create many more jobs.

Marquardt India’s managing director Vishal Narvekar said that the new R&D center in Pune is more than a new facility. Our current workforce is over 450 and we have more than twice the space at our Pune R&D center. This team is responsible for developing solutions for electric-driven vehicles as well as entry and authorisation systems, and human-machine interfaces, for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.


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